Mego Moss, driven by James MacDonald, enjoyed a beautiful trip en route to a career-best clocking of 1:52.4 in Saturday's lone $18,000 division of the Don Mills Series at Woodbine.
Mego Moss quickly made his way to the front from post three well before the opening quarter in :27.3 with Its Payday Friday (Mario Baillargeon) and even-money favorite Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury) still parked on the outside. MacDonald elected to allow Its Payday Friday to command well before the half in :56.1, but Hldontghttoyurdrms was still parked on the outside.
The pair would match strides past three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Mego Moss enjoying a ground-saving trip through speedy fractions. Down the stretch, MacDonald angled his charge three wide and the 11-time winner gobbled up racetrack to win by one length. Crosbys Clam Bake (Paul MacDonell) came from behind to finish second, with Flight Of The Kiwi (Chris Christoforou) third. Its Payday Friday settled for fourth, with Hldontghttoyurdrms fifth.
Trained by Carmen Auciello for owners Robert Watson, Mike Bartram and Armando Cappuccitti, Mego Moss increased his lifetime earnings to $128,845.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Amigo Hall has amassed a 4-1-2 record from 12 starts this season.
He paid $7.20 to win.
Last week's winner, West Side Story, elected to skip this week's second leg in order to prepare for the $43,000 final which goes Saturday, April 26. (WEG)