Lady Shadow, the best pacing mare in North America last season, made her first 2017 start a winning one in the first of 14 qualifiers this morning at Mohawk while the promising rookie from last year, Sports Column, was also victorious.
With James MacDonald up for trainer Ron Adams, Lady Shadow grabbed the front from post nine before the opening quarter in :28.1 and stayed in control the rest of the mile to win in 1:53.2 over the track rated Good with a two second allowance. Closing strong from second place was Glamour Seelster who was a nose back in second.
Owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold and BFJ Stable, Lady Shadow earned $945,000 last season for $1.7 million lifetime. She ended her season on a three race winning streak which included the TVG free for all and the elim and final of the Breeders Crown.
Sports Column was a strong winner in his test, his first start since August, winning by more than three lengths in 1:54.3 for Chris Christoforou. Blake Macintosh trains the Sportswriter three-year-old who was 4-2-0 in six starts last year at two for $222,000 earned. Macintosh co-owns with Hutt Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe.
Sports Column winning the Battle of Waterloo. (Iron Horse Photo)
The talented youngster won two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events (second by a neck in another) and swept the Battle of Waterloo elim and final before being sidelined. His last race was August 11 but he was still the O’Brien nominee in the rookie pacing colt division won by Beyond Delight.
“We had to shut him down because he popped an osselet on the left front ankle and we just couldn’t get it to cool out. It seems to have healed up and he looks great,” Macintosh noted earlier this year.
Macintosh and Christoforou also connected in the final race of the day with another three-year-old pacing colt, Brave World. The son of Royal Mattjesty was a two length winner in1:57.2 over About A Boy and Mach One.
Three-year-old daughters of Majestic Son finished 1-2 in the third test of the morning with Gaetan Hebert getting to the wire first with Mrstery Bear in 2:01.2 over Late Shift. Hebert owns the filly who broke in her 2017 debut at Flamboro last week.
Youre Majestic winning last November at Mohawk. (New Image Media)
Another Majestic Son winner came in the 10th race when Youre Majestic was a four length winner in 1:58.2 for Paul MacDonell. Profound Patience was second followed by Emoticon Hanover.
It was the second straight winning qualifier for Youre Majestic a five-year-old daughter of Majestic Son owned by Frank Bellino and Sons of New York. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan, she won $105,000 last season to give her $414,000 lifetime.
Stuck In My Spanks, a winner of $52,000 during her two-year-old season, won her first 2017 start for MacDonell in 1:59.3 a neck in front of Royal Witch. Scott McEneny trains the winner, a three-year-old daughter of Manofmanymissions owned by his wife Michelle McEneny and Teresa Davidson.
The well bred Talbot Chanel captured her test in 1:55.3 with Louis Philippe Roy in the bike. Luc Blais trains the winner, a daughter of Mach Three, for Determination Stables of Quebec. It was the second qualifier this year for the filly whose dam is the former OSS star Luck Of Michelle ($907,000).
Blais and Roy scored in the next race as well with another sophomore filly, this time a pacer, in Little Hanover who rolled to a nine length 1:56.3 victory. It was the first start since last August for the Art Major lass also owned by Determination Stable. She made three starts in her debut season, winning the last at Georgian Downs.
A $130,000 yearling, Little Hanover is a full sister to $917,000 winner Odds On Equuleus. Her dam is a full sister to Driven To Win ($991,000) while the second dam is a full sister to Shes A Great Lady and The Big Dog.
Mohawk Qualifying Results