Lazarus N tops field of 10 in Can. Pacing Derby
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A 6 year old, Lazarus N was purchased earlier this year by Taylor Made Stallions and brought to North America to race for trainer Jimmy Takter. The son of Bettor's Delight exited the Down Under racing scene with 35 wins in 45 starts, over $2.6 million in earnings and numerous awards.
Lazarus N won his North American debut on August 10 at Hoosier Park in the Dan Patch.
While all eyes will be locked on Lazarus N in the Canadian Pacing Derby, the other nine pacers are well-accomplished and will be looking to spoil the party.
Dave Menary trainee Sintra is back to defend his Pacing Derby title. The 5-year-old gelding is just one for eight this season, but his lone victory did come in the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Pepsi North America Cup night.
Sintra is currently $964 shy of $1 million in career earnings for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. His win in last year's Pacing Derby is currently the richest victory of his career.
Always loaded with talent, trainer Ron Burke, harness racing's all-time leading trainer, will send out a trio of starters in the Canadian Pacing Derby.
Burke's triple-threat for the $600,000 event consists of All Bets Off (29 wins, $3.1 million), Filibuster Hanover (12 wins, $1.2 million) and Rockin Ron (33 wins, $1.5 million).
All Bets Off will be racing in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The seven-year-old has finished fourth in each of the past two editions.
Rockin Ron will be seeking redemption in this year's Pacing Derby. The five-year-old won his elimination last year before surrounding the lead in deep stretch and finishing second in the final.
This year's Canadian Pacing Derby also includes Dr J Hanover, the fastest horse in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained 5 year old set the Canadian record of 1:46.4 last June at Mohawk Park.
Dr J Hanover has enjoyed recent success at the Milton oval, having posted two Preferred victories since July 28.
Mohawk Park fan-favorite Nirvana Seelster is entered to race in his fourth-consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The Bill Budd trained 7 year old finished fourth in last year's final and enters this year's edition just over $6,000 away from millionaire status.
Split The House, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be making his Pacing Derby debut. The Chris Oakes trained 6 year old is a 13-time winner with more than $760,000 in career earnings.
The field of 10 is completed by Western Fame, the second entrant from the Takter barn. The winner of more than $925,000 lifetime comes into the Pacing Derby off a 1:48.4 upset victory in last Sunday's Roll With Joe Stakes at Tioga Downs.
Western Fame may not receive the bright lights like stablemate Lazarus, but the five-year-old has quietly scored five victories and earned nearly $200,000 this season.
The field of 10 for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby has combined for 241 wins and $16,277,077 in earnings.
Dr J Hanover
Split The House