McWicked unleashed an incredible :25 final-quarter to capture Saturday’s (July 21) C$34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The Casie Coleman trained 7-year-old was returning to the Campbellville oval fresh off a victory in last Saturday’s $471,100 Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands and riding a three-race win streak, which included a score in the $500,000 Ben Franklin final at Pocono.
McWicked and driver Bob McClure got away fifth in the field of eight. Nirvana Seelster charged out to grab the lead and got to call the shots, posting sensible fractions of :26.4, :56.4 and 1:24.2. McClure angled out on the far turn to situate second-over and just over four-lengths from the lead at the three-quarter pole.
In the stretch, McWicked paced up a storm on the outside to reach up and edge Easy Lover Hanover, who enjoyed a two-hole trip, by a neck in 1:50.1. Nirvana Seelster finished third, while Rockin In Heaven was fourth.
Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked is now six for eight this season with $574,561 earned. The Coleman trainee is approaching $3 million in career earnings and is currently the top horse in harness racing’s older pacer division.
McWicked’s victory Saturday was his 28th career score. He paid $2.30 to win.
Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a rookie-filled 12-race card. Monday’s card features 10 Ontario Sires Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
Post time is 7:30 p.m. (WEG)