Canadian-based driver Jody Jamieson surpassed the coveted career earnings milestone of $100 million© with a victory aboard Panpero Firpo in an $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Jamieson and Panpero Firpo found the wire first in 1:51 for trainer David Menary. Because of the currency conversion rate, the U.S. Trotting Association shows Jamieson with $91.9 million in purse earnings.
It was a milestone night on Friday evening at Mohawk. After driver Jody Jamieson celebrated $100-million in career earnings as a driver in race two, trainer Casie Coleman notched her 2,000th win later on the card in race 10. Coleman's Beat The Drum got under the wire first in a condition event for driver Scott Zeron in 1:53 to reach the 2,000 win plateau.
Jamieson's momentous occasion came in race two on the program. Jamieson, a three-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year, was honored to surpass the milestone. "A 36-year-old with a $100 million career is just unbelievable to me," said Jamieson following the milestone. "I've had some great memories in races I've won on my own and with my dad (Carl).
"I remember when John Campbell went to over the $100 million mark," said Jamieson. "He set the bar. We've all, as drivers, dreamed of somewhere, someday attaining something comparable to him. Obviously he's gone into the stratosphere with over $280 million made.”
Jamieson has driven winners of more than $3.7 million in purses this year and is currently the leading money-earning driver in Canada. His largest victories came in the 2008 and 2011 North America Cup aboard Tell All and Up The Credit. The latter was trained by his father, Carl Jamieson.
In 2009, Jamieson set a Canadian record for most driving wins in a single season, visiting the winner's circle 796 times. He also captured the World Driving Championship in Finland and Sweden in 2001. He has 6,628 career victories.
In other Mohawk action, the Richard Moreau-trained Ferrari Sena scored an authoritative 3 1/4-length victory to complete the sweep of the Girls Night Out Pacing Series. After winning in each of the preliminary legs, Ferrari Sena set a 1:50.4 stakes record for owner Serge Nadeau.
Back Yard Baby (Randy Waples) was quickest to the front from post nine as she reached that panel in :27. Jonsie Jones (Rick Zeron) was still parked on the outside and cleared to the front before the mid-way point in :54.3. Cards That Count (Anthony MacDonald) began the first-over attack while providing cover to favorite Ferrari Sena.
Jonsie Jones and Cards That Count matched strides just before three-quarters, but Sylvain Filion angled Ferrari Sena three-wide and cleared to the lead past three-quarters in 1:22.3, before dashing away from their 11 rivals to score a comfortable victory. Back Yard Baby finished second, over Hat Trick Honey (Jody Jamieson).
"She's a nice mare and she can do it both ways, on the front or from behind,” Filion said following the win. "The horses were leaving pretty hard today and my only concern was getting locked in from post 11. She exploded down the lane and I wasn't really concerned about the others.”
The 5-year-old daughter of Bolero Master enjoyed her 20th career victory as her bankroll now totals $132,861. The pacing miss has a 5-4-2 record from 11 starts this season. She paid $3 to win.
The Girls Night Out Series is for 4-year-old mares who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2013 as of June 30, 2013. Winners over $100,000 in 2012 are not eligible. Last year was the inaugural edition of the Girls Night Out Pacing Series when Gracie Montana captured the rich final. (Mohawk)