A group of seven freshman pacers dueled Monday night at Mohawk in the $12,000 second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series. With leg one winner Pierce Hanover skipping round two, the door was left open for a new winner to pick up momentum heading into next week's $43,200 final.
Besides Pierce Hanover, the colt that caught the attention of many in leg one was The Wayfaring Man, a son of Dragon Again–Armbro Wichita, who finished in a dead-heat for second in his career debut with a last half of :54.4. That strong debut had the betting public all over the Nicky Comenga trainee in leg two and he did not disappoint with a 1:54.1 victory.
The Wayfaring Man, driven by Jack Moiseyev, got away fifth into the first turn and sat in that position through the opening half. As the field made their way around the final turn, Some Power was sent first up from third to challenge the leader Amora Beach. The Wayfaring Man was able to catch Some Power's cover and sat second over as the field came off the turn.
In the stretch, Some Power could not get by a game Amora Beach, but Moiseyev and The Wayfaring Man capitalized off their perfect second-over positioning to go by the leaders for a two length victory, with a last quarter of :28.1 into a head wind.
Amora Beach dug in to hold on for second, while Migrate Seelster took the show spot ahead of Some Power who finished fourth.
The leg two victory was a maiden breaking score for The Wayfaring Man in his second career start for owner Bruno Comenga. The Dragon Again son was a $62,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and now has career earnings of just over $8,000.
The Wayfaring Man paid $3.70 to win.
The final for the Dream Maker Series is set for next Monday (August 4) at Mohawk.
Eleven freshman pacers have competed in the first two legs of the series. All horses that have started in any leg of the Dream Maker can enter the $43,200 final. (WEG)