Well Bred Rookies Win Mohawk Qualifiers
Jul 14

While his uncle Marion Marauder preps for tomorrow’s $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity, Mister Kearns earned his first step towards his racing career with a five length win in the second qualifier of nine this morning at Mohawk.

Paul MacDonell was up behind the Muscle Hill rookie for trainer Mike Keeling and owners Dreamville Stable of Cambridge and Megan Scran of New York. A $75,000 yearling buy from the Lexington Select Sale, Mister Kearns is the third foal from the Chocolatier mare Mariongotchocolate whose half-brother is the Muscle Hill four-year-old Marion Marauder.

A winner of $2 million to date in his career the now four-year-old Marion Marauder, owned by Keeling’s son and mother-in-law, is two for three to date in his four-year-old career and will depart from post three in tomorrow’s Maturity where he’ll attempt to become the first horse to capture both the Hambletonian and the Maturity.

The third qualifier of the morning was captured by Burn Out Hanover who stopped the timer in 1:57.3 over the track rated Good. Jody Jamieson was up behind the Well Said two-year-old colt owned and trained by Jack Darling.

The colt is the seventh foal from the $3 million winning Camluck daughter Burning Point, Canada’s three-year-old pacing filly of the year in 2003. Purchased for $15,000 last year at Harrisburg the colt was making his first lifetime start this morning.

Jamieson also won with the Somebeachsomewhere cotl Dramatic Point in 1:57.1. Scott Horner of Toronto trains and co-owns the youngster with Peter Milligan of Mississauga. Purchased for $260,000 at Harrisburg, the colt is a half-brother to Betting Line ($2.2 million).

In the seventh race sons of Mach Three captured the top four spots with Burning Midnight edging Pretty Handson by a neck in 1:56.4 with Brunos From Mars third and Internet Hanover fourth. Brady Gray and Denise Guerriero own the winner.

Other two-year-olds winning this morning were Wish I Was There (f, Wishing Stone) by 29 lengths in 1:59, Flame Hill (f, American Ideal) in 1:57.2 and Easy Three (f, Mach Three) in 1:57.


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