CAMPBELLVILLE, ON —trainees swept both three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening.
In the first $105,000 split, fan favourite Windsong Jack took control heading for the halfway marker and cruised home to a two length victory in a personal best 1:49.4. Cambridge resident. engineered the win, the gelding’s first of the season. OK Fantastic and Duc Dorleans rounded out the top three.
Cheltenham resident Menary conditions Windsong Jack for his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. The win boosted the gelding’s lifetime earnings to $422,486.
In the second division Gallant Seelster led the field through fractions of :26.1, :54.1 and 1:22.1, but Tarpon Hanover found a whole other gear around the final turn. Sprinting home in :26.3 Tarpon Hanover advanced from sixth to a three and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50. Up Up And Out and Blissfull Bro finished second and third.
Moffat residentpiloted Tarpon Hanover to his second win of the season for David Menary, Brad Gray of Dundas, Bruce Norris of Caledon East and Welland’s Denis Breton. The son now boasts a two season bankroll of $441,254.
In addition to the three-year-old pacing colts, Mohawk also hosted five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. I Like My Kaddy picked up her first provincial win with a come from behind sprint that gave her a half-length victory in 1:55.1.piloted the daughter to the win, the quickest of the Grassroots divisions, for trainer Dean Nixon and owner Leo Racicot of Harrow.
Guelph resident MacDonell also crafted two other winning steers to earn a Grassroots hat trick. The veteran reinsman teamed up with Armstead Kyra in the last $18,000 division to earn the filly her second straight Grassroots win in a personal best 1:55.3 and guided Wind Stroll to her first provincial victory in the fifth race, sticking a neck in front in of favourite Orderingin at the 1:55.4 finish.
The other Grassroots divisions went to Moms Apple Pie (1:57) and Legzy (1:55.4).
The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on Aug. 27, while the three-year-old pacing colts head to Grand River Raceway for their last regular season Gold Series start on Aug. 28. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Aug. 22 with the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old trotting colts.