CAMPBELLVILLE, August 14 - Sporting The Look is oneâ€‹ of the top local two-year-old pacers and this Saturday at Mohawk he will meet the sport's top freshman pacer, Artspeak, in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes.
Sporting The Look has won three of six starts and made over $133,000 in his young career, but had a couple races gone a little different, he may have been the richest freshman pacer in the sport heading into this Saturday's $91,425 Nassagaweya Stakes.
"He should probably have another $100,000 on his card," admits driver.
"He made a break there in the second (Ontario Sires Stakes) Gold and was going to win for fun and probably with a different trip would've won the ($217,140) Battle of Waterloo."
A son of- Lyons Mandi, Sporting The Look didn't wait long to rebound from the second place finish in the Battle of Waterloo and won a Sires Stakes event last Sunday at Georgian in 1:54.2.
"Those races were over with and we pressed forward to Sunday at Georgian and he was the easiest of winners," said Jamieson.
Now Sporting The Look, who is trained and co-owned by Jody's father, will face his toughest task to date as he jumps into a Grand Circuit event.
The competition will be stiff as Sporting The Look will meet the undefeated Artspeak, who won his most recent start in a season's best 1:50.4, but Jody is excited to see what his colt is made of.
"I'm really looking forward to racing Artspeak just to see how he shapes up with the best of the best, he's a, so obviously sky is the limit, they have been awesome so far."
Sporting The Look was a $70,000 yearling purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale and is owned by, 30 Plus Stable and Thomas Kyron.
"He was the only Canadian sired pacer that my dad paid into the Grand Circuit and American races," noted Jody. "So it's obviously fun to be in them, especially right here at home, he's a nice horse,how nice he is coming up on Saturday."
The Jamieson's will also team up in a $76,245 division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies with Shakai Hanover.
A daughter of- Shes A Fan, Shakai Hanover has made her last two starts on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes circuit and found some success.
"She won her second lifetime start in :53 and then got interfered with last week at Pocono and probably would've been closer, although she only got beat a length in 1:51.4," said Jody. "I expect big things from her, she has been a nice filly so far."
Along with driving another freshman filly, Yes You Can, for his father in the second of three Eternal Camnation divisions, Jody will also have the chance to drive a pair of freshman pacers for trainer Ake Svandstedt.
"I'm driving a couple for Ake Svandstedt that I'm excited about getting to race for him and to see how good those horses are."
Jody hopes Saturday will be a successful night to kick off a long stretch of major stakes action at Mohawk.
"I'm excited about the weekend, that's one more step towards the Metro and the She's A Great Lady, so it's an exciting time."
by Mark McKelvie, for WEG