Mambo Italiano splashed his way to victory in Friday night’s $60,000(C) Ontario Spring Series final for 3-year-old colts and geldings with a 1:54.1 tally over a sloppy Woodbine racing oval.
Paul MacDonell engineered the winning effort with the son of Modern Art - Killer Queen who sprinted from fourth to first in the second quarter of the race after a half in :56.3. Once on top, he was able to fend off all rivals including a furious late rally from Broadies Song who just edged out High Net Worth for the place spot.
Mambo Italiano was overlooked by the betting public and returned $25.20 for the win while triggering a triactor worth $1,034.10.
“He’s a physically tough horse,” said MacDonell. “I knew that he (Mambo Italiano) wouldn’t be pinning his ears like some of the other ones were out there in that wind and rain. The wind was pretty hard in the backstretch and I wondered if it might takes its toll. I wasn’t sure how fresh the ones behind him were. I tried to steal a couple of lengths on the last turn and I guess it worked out.”
The victory was the second in 13 outings this season for the winner who is trained by David Menary for owner Joseph Trice of Hampden, Me. The winner’s share of the purse elevated his seasonal bankroll to just over $65,000. (WEG)