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It's Academic bests older foes in Mohawk Preferred

December 01, 2020
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Sophomore trotting colt It's Academic shot up the inside of the streaking Oney Hall to win the $36,000 Preferred Handicap Trot on a snowy-rainy Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 
 
Searching for a seventh consecutive win, Oney Hall saw his streak snapped when he made a break nearing the wire. It's Academic and driver Doug McNair were coming up the inside on Oney Hall when the miscue happened. The race winner appeared poised to power by even before the break, but took full advantage for a three-quarter-length score in 1:55.4. 
 
Perfetto and P L Jill were also attacking Oney Hall on the outside and came by to finish second and third, respectively. Oney Hall broke through the wire, finishing fourth. 
 
A 3-year-old colt, It's Academic was making his Canadian debut for new connections of owner Brad Grant and trainer Richard Moreau. The son of Uncle Peter raced in the Ohio Sires Stakes during the summer months and most recently tackled Grand Circuit company, picking up victories in the Bluegrass and Pegasus. 
 
Monday evening’s contest saw It's Academic move to the lead before the opening quarter and stretch out a parked Oney Hall, who didn’t clear to command until nearing the half. Oney Hall’s efforts for the front took him to the half in :56.3 before he led to three-quarters in 1:27.1 with Perfetto first-up at his wheel and P L Jill second-over. 
 
Sylvain Filion did his best to keep Oney Hall together down the lane prior to the break. The 4-year-old gelding was undefeated in six starts since joining the McIntosh barn prior to Monday’s start. 
 
It's Academic is now seven for 14 on the season and 13 for 24 overall. His Woodbine debut victory pushes him to $326,232 in seasonal earnings and $455,234 in career earnings. 
 
A $2 win ticket on Its Academic returned $17. (WEG)
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