Trainer Ian Moore told harnessracing.com that he believes the 2008 Little Brown Jug and Adios winner Shadow Play is ready for his 4-year-old debut following an impressive workout mile and that the pacer will make his debut Sunday at Mohawk. Sunday's race comes eight days after the pacer put in a spectacular official workout in 1:53.4 at Charlottetown Driving Park in Prince Edward Island.
“I think the horse is ready to race off that workout—it was a pretty good mile considering the track was off a tick," said Moore. “I’ve been training him alone most all spring and I think he’s getting tired of that. He’s nice and solid and in excellent shape.”
Shadow Play drew post five in the eight-horse $35,000(C) Open and is listed as the 4-5 morning line choice. Because regular driver David Miller has prior committments that afternoon at the Meadowlands, Moore has enlisted the services of driver Paul MacDonell for Shadow Play's 2009 debut.
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“I realize it’s a difficult transition for some horses from 3 year olds to 4 year olds…so I hope he can compete at that level and be one of the top aged horses,” said
“We’ve paid him up into all the half-mile races we can because I think he’s special on a smaller track,” said