Driver Doug McNair turned in a five-win performance Tuesday night (July 15) at Mohawk Racetrack. McNair got his night off to a good start in the first race winning with Second Sister in the first $18,000 division of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots for two-year-old filly trotters.
Second Sister, who is trained by Doug's father Gregg, won by 3 ¾ lengths in 2:00.3. She paid $10.80 to win. In the evening's fourth race, the McNair's teamed up again with three-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who won by 5 ½ lengths in 1:52.4. He returned $7.20 to win. The McNairs then completed the hat-trick in the seventh race with two-year-old pacing colt Late Night by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4. Late Night, a son of Art Major – Dreamlands Jo Jo, was a $125,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. The victory was the first of his career in his second start and he returned $5.60 to win.
McNair reached the grand slam in the ninth race, the final $18,000 Grassroots division, with Bistrobistro Taj for trainer Rick Zeron. The daughter of Pilgrams Taj – Freda Hall won by 2 ¼ lengths in 2:00.3 and paid $8.20 to win.
In the final race of the evening, McNair picked up his fifth win with Sword Of The Spirit for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. McNair sent the three-year-old to the front and put up solid fractions en route to a four length victory in 1:51. He returned $5.80 to win.
The five win night pushes McNair over the 100 win mark on the season and up to sixth in the WEG driver's standings. This season, McNair has 102 victories and earnings of over $1.5 million. (WEG)