Day At The Track

Metro, She's A Great Lady and Derby elims

07:18 PM 24 Aug 2010 NZST
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Big Jim and his winning connections
Big Jim and his winning connections

There will be four Metro Stakes eliminations taking place this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack along with three She's A Great Lady Stakes eliminations and just one Canadian Pacing Derby elimination for a very big weekend of harness racing stake eliminations.

Headlining the $40,000 Metro Stakes elimination is the local horse, Big Jim. The son of Western Ideal was a convincing winner in his division of the Nassagaweya Stakes equaling his life's mark of 1:51.1.

After the race, driver Phil Hudon was very optimistic about Big Jim's chances in the Metro Stakes.

"He did that very handily and he needed that start and needed the work to prepare for Saturday's Metro," Hudon told WEG's media department.

"It looks like there are some real nice colts out there this year. Bruce Saunders looks like he has a real nice colt so I think there is a couple that look pretty good but I'm not scared to face them by no means," Hudon stated.

Big Jim has career earnings of $85,825 for owner Jim Carr and trained by James ‘Friday’ Dean. He has drawn post seven in the first Metro Stakes elimination.

Bruce Saunders' pupil, Lookinforadventure will be looking to keep his four race undefeated streak alive for his connections.

The son of Rocknroll Hanover was a $85,000 yearling purchase and his most recent victory came at The Meadowlands winning his division of the Niatross in 1:51.3.

Lookinforadventure has career earnings of $157,250 for owner Frank Bellino and driver John Campbell. He has drawn post seven in his division, as well.

Trainer Casie Coleman will be looking forward to the $35,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes eliminations.

Coleman's trio of fillies Pretty Katherine, Idyllic and Mater Deo swept all three divisons of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for driver Mark MacDonald.

Pretty Katherine was the most impressive of the three as she set a Canadian record for two-year-old filly pacers last night in 1:50.4 in just her third career start.

"She was real awesome and to be honest she did that very easily. I pulled the ear plugs because she got looking at the flags and the jumbotron and that goes to show just how much speed she has,” MacDonald stated."

Pretty Katherine has career earnings of $63,514 for owner John Liviakis. She has drawn post five in her elimination.

There were just 13 horses entered for this years Canadian Pacing Derby resulting in a solo elimination. Shark Gesture, Won The West and Vintage Master took byes based on highest money earned.

The $50,000 Canadian Pacing Derby elimination will go to post in race five with the top seven horses plus the three horses who earned a bye will compete in the lucrative final.

Hypnotic Blue Chip appears to be the dominate force in the elimination after his second place effort in the $702,500 William R. Haughton Memorial timed in 1:48.2 for driver Jody Jamieson.

The week before Hypnotic Blue Chip defeated Shark Gesture to win his U.S Pacing Championship division in world record time of 1:47.2.

Hypnotic Blue Chip has career earnings of $1,066,093 for owner Francis Azur and trainer Kevin McDermott. He has post three the solo elimination with Jamieson driving.

WEG's Media Department recently spoke to driver Phil Hudon about his thought's as Big Jim prepares for his Metro Stakes elimination. To watch the video interview, click here.

Greg GANGLE

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