Trainer Carl Jamieson told harnessracing.com Tuesday afternoon that “the phone has been ringing off the hook all day” with offers to purchase at least an interest in the 2-year-old colt pacer Warrawee Needy, who dazzled Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a seemingly effortless 1:51.4 victory in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold elimination.
“I guess other people liked him too. They’ve been talking a million or a million and a half for a piece of him, and I’ve turned them all down,” said Jamieson, who shares ownership with Thomas Kyron, Dr. Michael Wilson and Floyd Marshall. “He’s not for sale so there’s no argument anyway.”
The offers come despite Warrawee Needy being virtually non-staked this year except for the Ontario Sire Stakes program and the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway, a race Jamieson has already won five times since the first edition was raced in 1998 at Elmira Raceway.
Warrawee Needy’s 1:51.4 mile Monday night was the fastest by a 2 year old in North America thus far this year, and comes on the heels of an initial 1:57.1 winning qualifying effort and a 1:53.1 score in his pari-mutuel debut in a June 17 at Mohawk. In that race Warrawee Needy closed out his mile with a head-turning final quarter of :25.3 as he drew clear of his competition by 2 ¼ lengths.
In Warrawee Needy’s Gold elim win on Monday night, driver Jody Jamieson sat patiently tucked in second until the final turn when he angled out and the son of E Dee’s Cam with every stride stepped further and further away from his rivals until he crossed the wire an eased-up 7 1/4 lengths in front.
“Jody never even got after him,” said Jamieson. “He could have won by 15 but he was taking him back. He never even asked him down the lane.”