The popular pacer Nickle Bag surpassed C$1 million in career earnings with his 38th career victory Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Known for his gritty performances, Nickle Bag did it all on the front to score a 1:52.2 victory in a $13,000 event. James MacDonald guided the classy pacer, who was just $2,120 shy of $1 million, for trainer Bill Robinson.
A gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag was making his 198th career start Saturday with his racing debut coming back all the way back on August 24, 2012 at Mohawk Park. All 198 starts have taken place at Woodbine Racetrack and Mohawk Park.
Nickle Bag has spent a large portion of his career racing in the Preferred and took on the sport’s heavyweights in the 2016 Canadian Pacing Derby, finishing fifth.
A true warrior, Nickle Bag has hit the board in 118 of his 198 starts. His career mark is 1:49, taken on April 30, 2016 at Mohawk Park.
Nickle Bag continues to grind away at the age of eight and now has four wins and nine "on the board" finishes in 23 starts this season.
He paid $2.60 to win Saturday.
Physicallyinclined came from last to first to prevail in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s $34,000 Preferred. A talented field of six older pacers squared off in the weekly top-class event.
Easy Lover Hanover and driver Trevor Henry wanted control and shot out to the early lead, turning aside a fired up Ellis Park and driver James MacDonald. The opening quarter was paced in :26, while positions were unchanged to the half in :54.2.
The field of six bunched up going to three-quarters, as American Virgin came first up, supplying cover for Traceur Hanover. Physicallyinclined and driver Jonathan Drury dropped back from fourth to sixth on the far turn, but angled out at the third station.
Easy Lover Hanover led by three-quarters in 1:22.3 and attempted to create separation on his rivals in the lane. American Virgin, Traceur Hanover and Physicallyinclined were all pacing up a storm on the outside of the leadEasy Lover Hanover couldn’t finish the job, hitting a wall late, creating a four-across the track finish.
The four-across finish saw Physicallyinclined prevail on the far outside in 1:50.2. Traceur Hanover finished second by a head, while American Virgin and Easy Lover Hanover were beat just half a length, finishing third and fourth, respectively.
A 6-year-old, Physicallyinclined was stepping up to the Preferred Saturday after a victory on June 30. The Carmen Auciello-trainee had finished in the top two in each of his last three starts coming into Saturday’s contest.
The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout was purchased in April by Robert Watson, Armando Cappuccitti, Mike Bartram and Auciello Stables.
Physicallyinclined improved his 2018 statistics to four wins and C$97,920 earned in 18 starts. The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation winner now has career numbers of 13 wins and C$389,630 earned.
A $2 win ticket on Physicallyinclined returned $24.80.