Day At The Track

Son of Mister Big is all the talk in Canada

07:45 AM 10 Jun 2013 NZST
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Mister Big
Mister Big

On Saturday morning it was qualifying day for a goodly number of two-year-olds just beginning their harness racing career at the races. But there was only horse that was really a standout, someone to take note of for the future and his name is Falcon Justice.

From the first crop of Mister Big, Falcon Justice is from the Falcon Seelster mare, Jett Diamond. Trained and co-owned by Rod Boyd of Cambridge, Ontario with Dan Christiano Cox of Toronto, Falcon Justice just went through the motions, going right out to the lead and cutting fractions for driver Paul MacDonell of :29.4, :58.4, 1:27.3, coming home in :28.4 to win going away by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.2.

“Paul (MacDonell) told me after the race that he (Falcon Justice) was like driving an old seasoned horse,” Ron Boyd said. “He said he let him go too quick to the three-quarters (he was up by seven lengths) so he did not push him the last quarter.”

But those are very impressive fractions for a two-year-old making his first qualifying start.

“We train at Classy Lane Center in Cambridge,” Boyd said. “And we did a schooling session at the farm before coming to Mohawk and this youngster went a mile for Paul in 1:59 and Paul said if he would have hit the wheel disks he could have gone a :27 last quarter. This guy is all the talk on the farm.

“I have 15 horses in my stable right now,” Boyd said. “Six of them are two-year-old and he’s (Falcon Justice) is much the best. He is staked only in Canada for this season. I will race him 7 to 8 times and then turn him out. We have him staked to everything for next year.

“He stands nearly 16 hands right now.” Boyd explained, “He’s a big beautiful horse. We bought him in Harrisburg as a yearling for $7,500. Linda Toscano had his brother (Eres Tu) and I really liked him so when I saw this one I figured he would be in my price range. He was good looking, had a real nice head on him.”

Mister Big, the Ontario-bred son of Grinfromeartoear out of Worlds Sweetheart, retired from racing at the end of 2009 as the richest pacing stallion in the world and the richest Canadian-bred Standardbred of either gait. Less than six months after he left the track, the winner of $4,143,492 lifetime was a first-ballot inductee in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and now stands stallion duty at Tara Hill Stud for a fee of $3,500 in 2013. Just a few weeks ago a video was made of some of his first crop foals that were getting ready to race and sure enough, leading the pack at the beginning of the video is none other than Falcon Justice. Click below to see the video.

And Falcon Justice’s dam, Jett Diamond, is a pretty good producer. She has had nine foals of racing age and seven of them are winners, and three of them have earnings of over $100,000.

“Although he was not really studdy,” Boyd said, “He was such a big horse and a real handful to work with, we decided to have him cut (gelded) early and I think that helped him settle into the good horse he is showing us to be.

“After Saturday’s big mile he will get a little time off and more than likely we will start him in a 2-year-old maiden race at Mohawk and then he will be ready for his stakes engagements.”

Rod also has another Mister Big in his stable, a filly named Fancy Melanie, and he hopes that she will be starting her career soon too. "They are both big like Mister Big so let's hope they race just like he did."

By Steve Wolf

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