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Kyle Major prevails in Simcoe slugfest

September 11, 2010
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If they were handing out grades for effort in Saturday’s single $247,894 Simcoe Stakes division for 3-year-old pacing colts at Mohawk Racetrack, Kyle Major may very well have earned an A plus and then some.
 
The strapping son of Art Major–So Clear was hounded every step of the way but dug in gamely at the end to hold on for driver Mark MacDonald in 1:49.4 during heavy rainfalls at the Campbellville oval.
 
Making just his second start for new trainer Casie Coleman, Kyle Major left alertly from post five and was caught in an early three-wide battle with Piece Of The Rock and Dalhousie Dave through a fast first quarter of :26.1.
 
Kyle Major got to the front in the backstretch and then appeared poised to release Dalhousie Dave to the front with Aracache Hanover following a parked-out third. MacDonald could sense Dalhousie Dave was struggling to clear and opted to drive on with Kyle Major who put up a torrid half of :54.
 
Dalhousie Dave remained tenacious and pressed the pacesetter through three panels of 1:21.4, apparently setting things up for the closers. As the horses fanned six wide in the stretch, it was Classic Rock Nroll closing fastest of all on the extreme outside and, just as it looked like he would go by to win, Kyle Major surged once again to get his nose on the wire first.
 
Classic Rock Nroll just missed with Piece Of The Rock coming back on to dead heat for show with a gutsy Dahousie Dave. The winner returned $5.10 as the favorite of the bettors.
“It was probably an exciting race to watch but not an exciting race to drive because I was in trouble from the get go,” said MacDonald during a post-race interview. “Paul (MacDonell–driving Piece Of The Rock)
wanted me to follow him and I had guys on my wheel the whole time.
 
"He (Kyle Major) raced exceptional because he probably should have finished about fourth off that trip but he’s a really great colt. I had all intentions of letting Dalhousie Dave go at the half, but I was worried about shutting my colt’s air off so I had to drive on. When we got there in 1:21 and change, I mean these horses can handle that but it’s still a little scary.”
 
Kyle Major improved his seasonal summary to five wins from 14 starts this season and increased his 2010 bankroll to just over $262,000 for owner Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ont..
 
The colt is eligible to the Little Brown Jug which comes up in less than two weeks in Delaware, Ohio. (WEG)
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