Day At The Track

Notables qualify on chilly morning at Mohawk

06:16 AM 08 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Voelz Hanover - Too sharp for He's Watching in Mohawk qualifier
Voelz Hanover - Too sharp for He's Watching in Mohawk qualifier

The temperature was just above the freezing mark for an eight-pack of qualifiers Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack.

The track was listed as fast Friday, but the judges did allow a one second variant on the chilly and windy morning.

Many eyes were on the seventh qualifier, as World champion Hes Watching and Milton Stakes winner Voelz Hanover lined up behind the gate.

Leaving from post six in a field of six, Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples sprinted off the gate to grab the early, while Hes Watching and Jody Jamieson dropped in the two-hole.

After an opening-quarter of :28, Volez Hanover kept the tempo hot with a :27.3 second-quarter to lead Hes Watching by half a dozen lengths.

Voelz Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24, but Hes Watching, who was five lengths back, started to hit his best stride as they rounded the far turn.

In the stretch, Hes Watching would track down Voelz Hanover, but came up half a length short at the wire in 1:53.4.

Hes Watching paced his last quarter in :28.4, while Voelz Hanover's final panel was in :29.4.

Hes Watching was making his second qualifying appearance in as many weeks in preparation for the Breeders Crown eliminations next weekend at the Meadowlands.

The son of American Ideal is trained by Dave Menary, who shares ownership with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust.

Hes Watching has won five of 12 starts this season for earnings of over $837,000. His career bankroll currently sits at over $1.1 million.

Voelz Hanover was making her first appearance since finishing fourth in the Fillies & Mares Preferred at Mohawk on October 10.

She was entered to race the following week at Woodbine, but was a vet scratch sick.

A nine-year-old daughter of Astreos, Voelz Hanover recorded the biggest victory of her career back in September when she won the $286,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk.

She is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume and has won six of 16 starts this season for earnings of over $262,000.

Voelz Hanover's career record currently sits at 44 wins from 168 starts for earnings of over $1.7 million.

Also making an appearance Friday morning was Valley Victory elimination winner Whataworkout.

The Frank Antonacci trainee turned in a 25 length victory in 1:58.

Driven by Domenico Cecere, Whataworkout was making his first appearance since making a break in the stretch of the $521,000 Valley Victory on October 25 at Woodbine.

A two-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Whataworkout has won twice in his first five starts for earnings of over $32,000.

He is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut.

Ontario Sires Stakes standout Sports Chic was also a winner Friday morning.

A two-year-old daughter of Sportswriter, Sports Chic won her qualifier by 13 lengths in 1:56.4.

Driven by Jody Jamieson, this was Sports Chic's first charted line since finishing fourth in the $250,000 OSS Super Final on October 11 at Mohawk.

Trained by Blake Macintosh, Sports Chic has won five times from 10 starts for earnings of over $241,000. Macintosh is also a co-owner of the filly along with Hutt Racing Stable.

The full list of Friday morning's winners can be found below.

Mohawk Qualifiers - Friday, November 7

Race 1 - Whataworkout (Domenico Cecere) - 1:58

Race 2 - Sports Chic (Jody Jamieson) - 1:56.4

Race 3 - Sas Warkentin (Scott Young) - 2:00

Race 4 - Century Angeldust (Mike Saftic) - 1:58.2

Race 5 - Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) - 1:59.1

Race 6 - Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury) - 2:00.2

Race 7 - Voelz Hanover (Randy Waples) - 1:53.4

Race 8 - Screen The Call (Jody Jamieson) - 1:58


Mark McKelvie

WEG Communications - Standardbred
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