Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings dominated Monday’s 11-race program at Mohawk Racetrack, as the Campbellville oval hosted its first OSS event of the season.
The first Grassroots division went to Massive Pockets, who went gate-to-wire in 1:55.4 for driver Trevor Ritchie and trainer Marie Dupont. The homebred son of Muscle Mass-Striking Pockets led through splits of :28, :58.3 and 1:27.3 before stepping home in :28.1 to seal the deal over race favourite Whichamacallit. Kiwi Pres was third in the $18,000 affair.
The gelding, who won for the first time in his career, is owned by M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, Florida. The $9,000 payday bumped his overall bankroll to $38,710.
The betting public was in love with Ole Jack Magic in the second division, and the homebred didn’t disappoint his backers. The son of Kadabra-Whitesand Electra watched Headsaregonna Turn lead through first-half fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 before taking matters into his own hands.
Chris Christoforou brushed Ole Jack Magic to the top going into the final turn and they led the group to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1 before using a :29.4 closing panel to secure the win in 1:56. It was 5-1/4 lengths back to runner-up Crowningcrest, with Jack Litten a lapped-on third.
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