Thinking Out Loud rallied from off-the-pace totake the $50,000 Dream Maker Stakes Final for two-year-old pacers Tuesday night (July 26) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Bob McIntosh homebred took a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4 in the process with top harness racing driver Randy Waples in the bike.
Spinarama (Paul MacDonell) was the first to the front with a :27.1 opening panel. The pair held the lead through fractions of :56.1 and 1:25.1.
Into the final turn, Stare Down (Mark MacDonald) came first-over from fourth with Thinking Out Loud catching his cover and Speed Again (Jody Jamieson) opting for third-over.
Into the stretch, Thinking Out Loud angled out three-wide. The even-money favourite took the lead in deep stretch to win by a head, over a hard closing Speed Again. Special Blend (Keith Oliver) finished third.
"He (Speed Again) was kind of scaring me a little bit," said Waples, following the victory.
"That little colt of Bob's, he's got a lot of heart. He's a better chaser. As fast as they go he'll chase, it's just when he gets out in front he'll look after himself, but that's usually the sign of a good horse."
Waples says the brown pacer wasn't nearly as aggressive before the final compared to during post parade for last Tuesday's elimination.
"He's just a really nice horse," he said. "He likes his job. Its amazing, a two-year-old, when he's had only four starts and he knows exactly what it's like to be out underneath these lights so he kind of gets revved up, but he was a lot quieter tonight."
Thecolt picked up his third win in four career outings, increasing his bankroll to $47,750 for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C SX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc.
Thinking Out Loud paid $4.10 to win.