Harness: Daylon Magician magic in Canadian

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 — Driver Jack Moiseyev made a snap move with Daylon Magician in the second quarter and disappeared from the field to win the $1,000,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three year-olds, on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

George Brennan sent Hambletonian winner Broad Bahn to the point off the gate leading the field to a quarter in :27.2. Daylon Magician tracked the leader from second position and when Moiseyev decided to send his sharp colt first up, Broad Bahn surprised everyone by backing up through the field creating a traffic jam.

With the lead all to himself, Moiseyev carved out easy middle fractions of :57.1 to the half and three-quarters in 1:25.2 with plenty in reserve to hold off 31-1 long shot Whatever It Takes, hitting the wire first in a time of 1:53. Dejarmbro rallied wide down the lane for show.

“He’s just a great horse,” said Moiseyev, who earned his first Canadian Trotting Classic with the win. “He raced against the best and proved he can go with them tonight. He always throws a good race in.”

Daylon Magician had enjoyed a month’s rest before defeating Broad Bahn in last week’s elimination and proved to be a sharp colt on this evening, earning his ninth victory in 11 starts this year.

Despite his colt’s good showing, Moiseyev was surprised by Broad Bahn’s disappointing effort.

“George’s [Brennan, driver] horse [Broad Bahn] must have been no good because he was pulling up at the half and I made the front easy,” said Moiseyev. “We got away with cheap fractions and once he gets away with cheap fractions, he’s not getting beat.”

Nervous words from Broad Bahn’s camp following the Canadian Trotting Classic offer some insight into the horse’s performance.

“We ran some tests following the race and after a while it was confirmed that he has an irregular heart beat,” said trainer Noel Daley. “That’s what the veterinarian said to us following the test results.”

There was understandable frustration regarding the resulting traffic jam from others in the field including trainer Tom Durand, trainer of seventh-place finisher Whiskey Tax.

“The only way it could of gotten worse is if we landed on George Brennan [driver of Manofmanymissions],” said Durand. “My driver [Mario Baillargeon] said that this horse was so good tonight. Look at him now, he looks like he didn’t even race. There will be more races left this season, we had bad luck tonight, but that’s horse racing.”

Andy Miller, who steered long shot Whatever It Takes to a second-place finish, was elated with his horse’s performance.

“Second! I’m thrilled,” said Miller. “He raced super tonight. I wish I was a little closer, but the trip worked out okay and I was able to slide up the inside around the final turn and kept moving up and got up for second. Last week he was trapped in and never got out and was loaded with trot at the wire. I didn’t think he should have been such a long shot as he was, but that’s also a good group of horses.”

In victory, Daylon Magician earned $500,000 becoming racing’s newest millionaire as his lifetime bankroll swelled to $1,050,777.

It was a sweet victory for David Lemon of Komoka, Ontario who owns, trains and bred the son of Kadabra, who won this race in 2002.

“We bred his mother [Daylon Marvel] and we had his grandmother,” recalled Lemon. “We raced his mother and now we’ve got the best one yet.”

Some of the earnings from the evening’s performance might be spent to send the hometown hero to the Breeders’ Crown.

“He wasn’t eligible [for the Breeders Crown] but we said, depending on how he did here, we might have to supplement him,” stated Lemon.

The conditioner has continued to squeeze the best out of the colt, but consents that circumstances had a play in the evening’s result.

“We thought maybe it was over then [when Daylon Magician went to the front before the half], because he was pretty sharp tonight” admitted Lemon. “He was off for four weeks before the elimination and that race got him tight. He really felt good tonight.”

Daylon Magician now boasts nine wins from 11 starts on the season, including two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Finals, the Canadian Breeders Championship and the Goodtimes Trot Consolation.

He paid $8.90, $5.20 and $4, combining with Whatever It Takes ($19.80, $7.10) for a $294.30 (2-7) exactor. A 2-7-5 (Dejarmbro, $4) triactor was worth $1,100.50

Win Missy B relentless to win Peaceful Way

There was nothing peaceful about Win Missy B’s torrid track, stakes and Canadian record-setting performance en route to capturing the $447,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for two year-old filly trotters on Saturday night at Mohawk, as she stopped the clock in 1:53.3.

Driver Trevor Ritchie could not restrain Win Missy B down the backstretch and simply let the filly take over in an imposing performance.

“I really don’t know what happened,” said Ritchie. “Last week, she was like a kitten to drive, she leaped out of there nice and relaxed … but tonight she was fired up from the time the word, ‘go’ was given.”

Assuming command after an opening quarter in 27 seconds flat, Win Missy B made a rapid half in :55.4, and continued her record assault hitting three-quarters in 1:24.3.

“She really was [digging through the stretch],” said Ritchie. “When I seen that half, I was sick to my stomach almost, but there wasn’t much I could do about it, she was taking charge of me. Once I seen the half, I thought, I’ve likely blown it now so I might as well keep rolling. You know when you try to shut one of these green ones down in the third quarter and try to get them to go again, it’s sometimes tough to do.”

Tim Tetrick pushed the favoured Check Me Out, from the difficult Post 10, to her limits down the lane, but there was no catching Win Missy B in what Ritchie deemed a powerful performance, bettering the previous record of 1:54.2, set four years ago by Snow White.

Win Missy B, trained by Charlie Norris for owner Robert Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, returned $6.50, $3.40 and $2.60, combining with Check Me Out ($3.20, $2.90) for a $21.10 (4-10) exactor. A 4-10-6 (Miss Paris, $4.30 to show) triactor was worth $97.20.

All goes according to The Game Plan in William Wellwood final

The Game Plan captured the $469,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final for two year-old trotters, with a cagey drive from veteran linesman Jack Moiseyev, on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

The race started with a bang as 4-5 favourite American Gangster, who set a track record in last week’s elimination, went offstride, changing the face of the race. Driver Andy Miller sent Money On My Mind to the lead and carved out a half in :56.3 with Weingartner and The Game Plan in pursuit.

Moiseyev pressed the button on The Game Plan and rolled outside to the lead cutting out three-quarters in 1:26. The Game Plan would lead the field into the stretch and was all out down the lane with Little Brown Fox, who rolled first up, snapping at his right flank and a resurgent Money On My Mind trying to squeeze through along the inside.

Moiseyev, however, refused to give up the lead keeping Money On My Mind in the pocket as The Game Plan trotted home in 1:55.2, a nose better than Money On My Mind.

With Moiseyev steering his colt, conditioner John Kopas had no concerns in the final moments of the race.

“I wasn’t anxious at all, I knew Jack would pull it off,” said Kopas.

The victory was a second stakes score on the evening for Moiseyev, who captured the Canadian Trotting Classic just two races earlier, and Kopas was only happy to level praise on the veteran driver.

“He’s probably one of the greatest drivers who ever lived and he’s probably one of the best friends I’ll ever have,” said Kopas. “I met Jack back in ’82. He and I were bumping around the New York Sires Stakes and he had a lot of talent then and it’s proven out.”

The Game Plan, an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final winner, returned $9.20, $5.70 and $3.50, combining with Money On My Mind ($10.50, $5.70) for a $78.80 (2-9) exactor. A 2-9-4 (Little Brown Fox, $3.90 to show) triactor was worth $599.70.

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