One week after seeing the end of his 25-race unbeaten streak, St. Elmo Hero got back on the winning track Saturday night as he drew clear to a two-length victory in 1:51.4 in the $45,000 Open Pace at Woodbine Racetrack.
St. Elmo Hero had not tasted defeat in his career until he fell victim to a huge late rally by Art Professor in last Saturday's feature at Woodbine. St. Elmo Hero also lost his left front shoe shortly after the start of the race, which he ultimately lost by just a nose.
In Saturday night's feature, Lisagain--listed the morning-line favorite but sent off second choice in the race behind St. Elmo Hero--left from post five with driver Rick Zeron and reached the quarter in front in :27.3. Getting away third after leaving from post two, St. Elmo Hero was then sent to the lead by driver Jody Jamieson, who had the 5-year-old son of Western Hero on top at the :56.3 half.
Randy Waples then sent longshot Rock Me Please on a first-over mission toward the top but St. Elmo Hero remained steady and reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. Pacing a final quarter in :27.2, St. Elmo put away Rock Me Please and then held Lisagain clear by two lengths for the victory. Rock Me Please held for third. Art Professor, who started from post one with driver Mark MacDonald, got away fourth out of the gate and was never a factor while finishing fifth.
Owned by John Barnard, St. Elmo Hero is trained in Canada by Meg Crone. The 26th win of St. Elmo Hero's career boosted his earnings to more than a quarter-million dollars.