Since joining forces with trainer Corey Johnson, Hldontghttoyurdrms has been ultra-productive and incredibly fast. His performance in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack was no exception considering he became Canada’s fastest trotter of the season thanks to a 1:53 score.
Hldontghttoyurdrms, who was sent off as the 3-5 favourite in the nine-horse affair, got away third while Cool Guy sprinted to the lead and supplied an opening quarter clocked in :26.4. Jonathan Drury right-lined the favourite going into the backstretch, and they cleared to the lead shortly past the mid-way point in :56.1. Nowucit Nowudont came first-over and pressed Hldontghttoyurdrms to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, but the leader shrugged off that challenge and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over a late-closing Catch The Dream. Nowucit Nowudont settled for third.
Hldontghttoyurdrms, a five-year-old son of Muscles Yankee-Sweet Gabriella, now boasts a 2-0-0 record from three trips to the track this season. The 12-time winner, who is owned by Frank Spagnolo, Frank Schimizzi and Saverio Spagnolo, bumped his lifetime earnings to $153,615 with the victory.
Steve Byron, who was sidelined from the racetrack since last May, captured his first victory since his layoff on Monday evening at Woodbine.
The 51-year-old guided Andreios Kardia to an off-the-pace victory for trainer James Madill in the opening dash on the 12-race card
The three-year-old son of Badlands Hanover paced in 1:55.1 and paid $4.10 to win.
Byron, a resident of Thornton, Ontario, suffered a fractured left knee and ligament damage in a qualifying race at Kawartha Downs on May 20, 2013.
Reprinted from StandardbredCanada and WEG