Mister Herbie wins record qualifier in 1:52.3
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Mister Herbie, who earlier this year won the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands and the Glory's Comet final at Woodbine Racetrack—defeating the 2011 Horse of the Year San Pail by a nose—romped to a 1:52.3 qualifying victory Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack.
The race was the first appearance for Mister Herbie since a sixth-place finish in the Honorouble Earl Rowe Memorial Cup May 26 at Georgian Downs. The time sets the record as the fastest trotting qualifier in Canadian history.
With Jody Jamieson driving for trainer Jeff Gillis, Mistger Herbie started from post nine but made the lead before the opening quarter of :29.1 was reached. The 4-year-old son of Here Comes Herbie reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1 before closing out the mile with a final quarter of :27.2 to draw clear over his competition by 24 lengths.
Mister Herbie is being pointed toward the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations at Mohawk that are scheduled for Saturday, July 14. San Pail, who has won the last three Maple Leaf Trot finals, will miss the race this year due to a slight injury in his left hind leg, according to trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes.