Prestidigitator Readying For Georgian OSS Leg Jun 20
Despite Prestidigitator's third place finish in his first start of the season on Monday night at Mohawk, Dustin Jones could not be more pleased with the progress of his three-year-old tortting colt.
Prestidigitator and his connections following last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. (New Image Media)
In Monday's overnight race against older horses, the Kadabra son trotted his mile in 1:54 finishing three and one-half lengths in arrears of the winner.
"I was very happy with the way he raced. Sylvain (Filion) just dropped to the back out of the seven hole and he closed well coming his last quarter in :27.1," observed Jones from his Campbellville, Ontario training centre.
"Mentally he was where we want him to be, he was good off the gate and drove perfect so we're feeling pretty good about things right now."
On Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack Jones watched with great interest the final of the Goodtimes stake which he chose to bypass with his colt.
"It was quite a race and it made me glad we skipped it. I felt he would have had to be tightened right down to be in there - the race tied the track record in 1:52.2. I just felt I would not have had him on top of his game for that," he said.
"So now I will train him on Saturday then again next Wednesday and head for Georgian Downs for the next Ontario Sires Stake."
Prestidigitator won the OSS Super Final last year for Ecurie Synergie of Montreal which own the $120,000 yearling purchase with $323,000 on his card to date.