Deweylovernleaver on a roll heading to Wellwood
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Deweylovernleaver is a son of Deweycheatumnhowe out of the mare Solovesick. Beaver bought the colt for $12,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He finished third in his debut and fourth in his next start, when he was beaten by only a half-length despite racing on the outside for most of the mile. Since then, Deweylovernleaver has won three in a row on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit.
"He wasn't getting great trips his first few starts; Trevor was taking it easy with him off the gate,” Beaver said. "He had a tendency to grab on a little bit, so he was teaching him to race off the pace. His last few races he's gotten right into it and had it his way.”
Deweylovernleaver, who has earned $88,046 in purses, was scratched from a division of the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 4 at Mohawk because of illness.
"We didn't want to take a chance,” Beaver said.
Smoke Monkey, a son of Majestic Son out of the mare Nashotah, has two wins in seven starts and is owned by Synerco Ventures. He went off stride in two consecutive Ontario Sire Stakes races, but has since posted a win, two seconds and a third in four starts. He has earned $46,434 overall.
"We had a little trouble with him going in a straight line,” Beaver said about Smoke Monkey, who was purchased under the name Sal's Son for $9,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was kind of a snaky horse, but very talented. I've got him rigged straight right now and he's staying off himself and trotting right now.”
Beaver was looking at a different yearling when he spotted Smoke Monkey at the sale.
"I was looking at something and he walked by and caught my attention,” Beaver said. "I watched his video and the video was really good. The dam hadn't produced anything yet, but I saw it was a different cross than the mare had seen before. I just liked the looks of him. I wouldn't say he's a fantastic looking horse, but he's better than average.”
In addition to the two Wellwood eliminations, Mohawk on Friday hosts two eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Mission Brief is the 1-5 morning line favorite in the second division, with Gingras driving for Burke, and Wild Honey is the 8-5 choice in the first division, with Gingras at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter.
The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $404,000 final on Sept. 19.
Mission Brief, who finished second in the Hambletonian Stakes, has won five of seven races this year. Wild Honey has won four of nine races this season, including the Hambletonian Oaks.
Beaver's Smokinmombo is 8-1 in the first elimination. A daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo, she won four of her first six starts this year before finishing fifth in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and seventh in the final. She has a win and a third in three starts since then.
"She was getting a little sore in a stifle, getting a little out of rhythm,” Beaver said. "I think she lost her confidence a little bit. She's very sound now, but I had to snug the hobbles back tight on her to get her confidence back. It took her a few trainings and starts to have it come back together for her.
"We drew pretty tough (Friday). Mission Brief isn't in there, but everything else is pretty good in that race.” (HRC)