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Manofmanymissions, Daylon Magician win elims

September 10, 2011
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With a pair of $40,000 Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations taking place Saturday night at Mohawk, Daylon Magician and Manofmanymissions earned the trip to the winner's circle and also advanced to next week’s $1 million final.
 
In the first elimination, only two and three-quarter lengths separated the entire seven horse field at the wire, but it was the odds-on favorite Daylon Magician who crossed the line first, beating Hambletonian champion Broad Bahn.

Daylon Magician, fresh off equaling the world record for 3-year-old trotters at Flamboro Downs, earned his eighth win this season for trainer/owner David Lemon as he stopped the clock in 1:53.3.
 
VC Chocoholic (Brian Sears) was the quickest off the gate from post seven and established command past the first quarter in :27.2. Luckycharm Hanover (Dave Miller) was in the pocket with Broad Bahn (George Brennan) in third. The field would remain the same past the mid-way point in :57.
 
Broad Bahn began the first-over attack around the final turn with Daylon Magician tracking him. Blue Porsche (Jody Jamieson) was also well positioned third-over with Whatever It Takes (Andy Miller) saving ground in sixth. As VC Chocoholic passed three-quarters in 1:25 the entire backfield was closing in for the last push.
 
In deep stretch, the tempo-setter began to tire and Daylon Magician was able to snare the victory by a neck over Broad Bahn with 70-1 longshot, Sim Brown finishing third, beaten just a half length. Also advancing to
the rich final was Whatever It Takes, who finished fourth, and the fifth-place finisher, Blue Porsche.
 
“He’s just a nice horse, he can race with anybody. If he gets the right trip he could get beat or he could beat them,” Moiseyev said following the victory.
 
Turning for home, Moiseyev believed he was in a perfect spot to find the winner's circle.
 
“I was well-positioned, second-over at the head of the stretch,” he said. “There was a bunch of good horses scattered across the track, but I thought my horse would finish a little better, but he did have three weeks off.
 
“He needed the time off and I agree with why Dave (trainer David Lemon) did that, because he had some tough racing and he’s got a lot more to come.”
 
Daylon Magician, a son of Kadabra, now boasts career earnings of $550,777. He has selected post two for the final.
 
In the second elimination, David Miller guided Manofmanymissions to a 1:54 score. The son of Yankee Glide was in no hurry in the beginning as Whiskey Tax (Randy Waples) quickly established command and led by the opening panel in :27.3. Highland Thunder (Chris Christoforou) was sitting second with Chapter Seven (Mike Lachance) stuck third on the outside.
 
Manofmanymissions also couldn’t find a seat along the pylons so Miller sent the 1-2 favorite to the front from the backfield and passed the half in :57.
 
Chapter Seven began the first-over attack from fourth as Manofmanymissions marched past three-quarters in 1:25.2. In deep stretch, the battle was for second as Manofmanymissions was on a comfortable hand drive to win by one and three quarter lengths. Dejarmbro (Brian Sears) exploded from the backfield to finish second over Whiskey Tax. Imperial Count (Scott Zeron) and Chapter Seven finished fourth and fifth, respectively to advance to the final.
 
Manofmanymissions, a six time winner from eight starts this year, lifted his lifetime earnings to $924,900 for trainer Erv Miller and owners Manofmanymissions Stable, Mystical Marker Farms LLC and Biasuzzi
Stable. He paid $4.80 for the win.

The $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic field
1. Whiskey Tax
2. Daylon Magician
3. Manofmanymissions
4. Broad Bahn
5. Dejarmbro
6. Sim Brown
7. Whatever It Takes
8. Blue Porsche
9. Chapter Seven
10. Imperial Count
AE. VC Chocoholic
 
(WEG)

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