Day At The Track

Son of Mister Big cruises 1:53.1 at Mohawk

03:20 AM 21 Jun 2013 NZST
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Falcon Justice
Falcon Justice - From the first crop of Mister Big
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It was just a week ago that this reporter did a story with harness racing trainer Rod Boyd about the top two-year-old in his barn named Falcon Justice.

Boyd said he was the "talk of the training track" and that came true Thursday night as Falcon Justice made his pari-mutuel debut something more to talk about with an amazing 1:53.1 victory in a $16,000 division of the Ontario Sire Stakes for colts and geldings.

From the first crop of Mister Big, Falcon Justice is from the Falcon Seelster mare, Jett Diamond. He is trained and co-owned by Boyd of Cambridge, Ontario with Dan Christiano Cox of Toronto and was a $7,500 yearling purchase.

Driven by Paul Macdonell, Falcon Justice started the second race from post three as Waco Bruiser (Rob Dinning) shot out to the early lead. Cluster Hanover (Jody Jamieson) had left from post nine and was on the outside so Macdonell followed the outside cover as those two passed Waco Bruiser after an opening quarter mile in :28.

With Falcon Justice settling in on the lead by two and a half lengths at the half mile marker in :57 with Cluster Hanover on his back, the action began to pick up as Blacktree and driver Luc Ouellette came charging up on the outside and pressed Falcon Justice on the final turn at the three-quarters in 1:26 but Falcon Justice dug in and refused to let Blacktree get by him on the outside.

Now seemingly fired up after that challenge, Falcon Justice led the field as they started down the stretch and was challenged again, this time by the pocket-sitting Cluster Hanover, but Macdonell kept his charge in command and they raced down to the wire and Falcon Justice showed true grit in holding the lead to the wire to win by a neck. The final quarter mile an impressive :27.1. Cabs R Here (Randy Waples) was third.

It was the fastest mile by any two-year-old in North America this year.

To put the race in perspective, there were two divisions of the Ontario Sire Stakes on the Mohawk card Thursday. The other $16,000 division saw Bugger Bruiser and driver Rob Dinning lead from start to finish in 1:55.3, more than two seconds slower than Falcon Justice or nearly 12 lengths behind him.

"We have been training him to come from behind," said trainer Rod Boyd, "He was lazy in training but tonight he showed he go to the front and hold the lead. I thought he was going to get beat at the finish but he heard that horse coming and held on. The best news was from Paul (Macdonell) after the race. He said that Jody Jamieson, driver of Cluster Hanover, told him that his horse was never going to catch Falcon Justice and that was good to hear. This guy has good manners, size and speed. I've been around a lot of good young horse like him over the years but it's nice this time to be the trainer and co-owner of one with this kind of speed."

Stallion owners are always worried if the offspring of the sire will be good and help carry on the breeding line and thus Robert Muscara, who along with his father, Joseph, owned and raced Falcon Justice's father, Mister Big, and now breed him. Mister Big stands at Tara Hill Stud in Ontario.

"I had just watched his (Falcon Justice) raced and was preparing to watch the replay and the phone started ringing," said Robert Muscara. "And he looked like one of Mister Big's kids. It was really nice to see one of his son's win at the same track that Mister Big did so well at. It was at Mohawk Raceway that Mister Big won the Canadian Pacing Derby in 2008 and then came back to Mohawk later on that season and won the Breeders Crown. We, of course, hope to see more of his son's and daughter's do well this season. "

Rod Boyd said last week that Falcon Justice is staked only in Canada and will make just 7 or 8 starts this season and then he is staked to most every major event for his three-year-old season.

By Steve Wolf

 

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