Dancer Hall flexed his muscles to win Tuesday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
A deep field of 10, featuring Maple Leaf Trot finalists Ariana G, Dancer Hall, Pinkman and Warrawee Roo, clashed in this week’s edition of the top-level trot.
Paul Reid trainee Dancer Hall, making his first start since finishing fourth in the Maple Leaf Trot, came first-up on the far turn for driver Sylvain Filion after a relatively soft opening half and ground his way to a 1:53.3 score.
Longshot B Yoyo sprinted off the wings of the gate from post 10, securing the early lead and posting a :28 opening quarter. Double millionaire Ariana G floated away from post eight and worked her way to the top, clearing entering the backstretch.
After posting a :57 half, Ariana G carried the lead around the far turn and by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, while Dancer Hall was working his way closer after committing first-up from fifth.
In the stretch, Ariana G tried to fight off Dancer Hall, but surrendered the lead entering the final eighth of the mile. Several others put themselves in the mix for a top spot, as B Yoyo slipped up the rail, while Dunbar Hall, who got a three-hole trip, was searching for room behind the leader and Warrawee Roo was on the far outside after being second-over.
Dancer Hall reached the wire first to win by three-quarters of a length. Dunbar Hall found room late to finish second, while B Yoyo and Warrawee Roo were third and fourth, respectively.
Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc, Dancer Hall scored his ninth win of the season and fifth in the Woodbine Preferred. The 4-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe, who earned his 17th career victory, paid $4.60 to win. (WEG)