Jimmy Takter's Father Patrick lowered his own track, stakes and Canadian record when he captured the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot on Saturdayat Mohawk.
In an effortless manner, the sport's top freshman trotting star got under the wire first in1:53.4 for regular pilot Yannick Gingras, just one-fifth off the world record, which was set by Muscle Hill in 2008.
The talented son of Cantab Hall-Gala Dream is the favorite to win the O'Brien Award as Canada's top 2-year-old trotting colt with his 7-1-0 record from eight starts this season along with $444,845 in earnings.
His victories include the Peter Haughton Memorial, his division of the Champlain Stakes and his Wellwood elimination last week.
Beginning from post four, Gingras floated the 1-9 favorite Father Patrick off the gate and landed third as Odds On Amethyst (Dan Daley) marched to the front before the opening station in :27.1. As the field settled into position, Gingras angled Father Patrick to the outside and cleared to the front before the midway point in :57.2. Odds On Amethyst was now in the pocket with other elimination winner Harper Blue Chip (Sylvain Filion) sitting third.
Father Patrick continued to lead the field of 10 past three-quarters in1:26.1 and widened his lead down the stretch en route to a comfortable 5 1/2-length score. Harper Blue Chip came on to finish second with Credit Fashion (Brian Sears) finishing third.
"It's scary to say that; he was a fifth of a second off the world record and it's a cool night,” Gingras said following the win. "He could have definitely crushed it. He's definitely the fastest 2-year-old I've ever sat behind and it's just a pleasure to drive him”
Owned by the Father Patrick Stable of East Windsor, N.J., the trotter was a $105,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. He was bred and sold by Brittany Farms of Versailles, Ky.
In gate-to-wire fashion Riveting Rosie didn't disappoint the betting public at odds of 6-5, scoring in the $374,000 Peaceful Way final.
Riveting Rosie, driven by Paul MacDonell, was the fastest off the gate to take command. The John Bax trainee continued to hold the lead, putting up soft factions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:27.3. Game On Hanover (Sylvain Filion) was the first to make a move from fourth past the half, but once Riveting Rosie entered the stretch, the 2-year-old trotting filly pulled away from the pack to capture the lucrative final by two lengths in 1:56.1.
Elimination winner Grammas Girl (Randy Waples) was second as Game On Hanover faded to third. Prior to post time, elimination winner Danica Hall was a late vet scratch.
"She got a little bit jammed up last week and Paul was able to get her out where she was out of trouble tonight,” said Bax, from the winner's circle. "She is a game filly so I was pretty happy to see where she was.
"She always had that attitude (of a top filly) and wanted to go ahead,” he added. "She was close to being aggressive. I wouldn't say I thought she was going to be like this, but I am alright with it.”
Riveting Rosie has never been worse than third in her debut season. The daughter of Muscle Mass-Rose De Vie Stena has a record of 5-1-1 from seven starts and with the lion's share of the purse lifts her earnings to $368,613 for owners Parkhill Stud Farm, Don Allensen, J And T Stable, John Hayes. (WEG)