The Wayfaring Man and Jack Moiseyev turned in a big 1:52.2 mile to capture the $43,200 Dream Maker Series final Monday night at Mohawk. A compact group of six 2-year-old pacers contested the final leg of the three-week series.
Read The Proposal left hard off the gate to take the early lead, but was overtaken on the way to half by leg one winner Pierce Hanover and driver Paul MacDonell at a solid half-mile time of :55.3. On the way to the three-quarter pole, Amora Beach was sent first-up from third by driver James MacDonald providing cover for Moiseyev and The Wayfaring Man on MacDonald's back.
In the stretch, The Wayfaring Man capitalized off his second-over trip pacing by the top two in the final eighth of the mile to win by a length and a quarter, with a last quarter of :27.4. The clocking of 1:52.2 is the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacer this year in Canada.
Amora Beach edged by Pierce Hanover to take the place spot. Late Night and driver Doug McNair finished fourth.
A son of Dragon Again-Armbro Wichita, The Wayfaring Man finished second in a dead heat in the opening leg before breaking his maiden in the second leg.
The series finale victory was the second win in a row and a new lifetime best for The Wayfaring Man.
The Wayfaring Man is owned by Bruno Comenga and trained by his son Nicky.
The son of Dragon Again was a $62,000 yearling purchase at last fall'sLexington Selected Yearling Sale and has now earned $29,820 in three career starts. He returned $3.70 to win.
The Wayfaring Man is eligible to the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 16, which is one week before the eliminations for the Metro Pace, the top stake race for 2-year-old pacers.
This year's edition of the Dream Maker Series was dedicated to the memory of Antonio Chiaravalle. Chiaravalle, who passed away in June, owned many great Standardbreds including the series namesake, Dream Maker.
Also on Monday night, the opening leg of the Pure Ivory Series for 2-year-old trotting fillies was contested.
Southwind Champane defeated six other rivals in a sparkling 1:56.3 for driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax.
A daughter of Muscle Hill-Caerphilly, Southwind Champane got away in second and was quickly right lined to the front in the second quarter. Around the final turn, Spirit To Win, the 1-2 favorite, came first-up to confront Southwind Champane and was a length off the lead at the three-quarter pole.
After a :28.3 third quarter, Southwind Champane continued to trot strong down the lane holding off Spirit To Win by a quarter of a length to win with a final panelof :28.2. Allies Gift took the show spot, while Drinksonthehouse finished fourth.
The 1:56.3 clocking is the fastest mile by a 2-year-old trotter this season in Canada.
Southwind Champane is owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Glengate Farms and Gordon Wright. She cost $32,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
Southwind Champane's first leg victory improves her record to two-for-two in her young career. She paid $11.90 to win.
The second leg of the Pure Ivory Series takes place next Monday night, Aug. 11, at Mohawk. (WEG)