Round two of the Autumn Series for two-year-old colts and geldings was contested on a very windy Thursday at Woodbine Racetrack, with two divisions for pacers and a single split for their trotting counterparts.
Big Bang Boom remains undefeated thanks to his narrow triumph in the opening division for the pacers. Jonathan Drury fired the Carmen Auciello trainee to the lead and the gelding chopped out fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24. The youngster battled in to the teeth of the wind and managed to stave off late pressure from Print Media to defeat that foe by a neck in 1:55.4. B Fast Eddie rounded out the Triactor ticket in the $16,000 affair.
Sent off as the 1-5 choice, the son of Big Jim-Shytown Lightning improved to 4-for-4 for owner Michael Virdiramo of Markham, ON. The victory lifted his lifetime earnings over $30,000.
Continual Hanover made a bold move to the front in the backstretch en route to posting an easy victory in his $16,000 assignment. Sent off as the 1-9 choice, the son of Bettors Delight watched Jack Rackham throw down a :28.2 opening marker before teeing off from the three-hole. Jody Jamieson marched the favourite to the front and proceeded to wheel the pacer through panels of :57.3 and 1:26.2 before using a :29-second closing quarter to seal the deal. It was 2-1/2 lengths in arrears to the runner-up, Gotti, with Southwind Monty taking home third prize.
Jack Darling trains the colt for his Jack Darling Stables Ltd of Cambridge, ON. It was the fourth win of the season in 11 tries for the freshman who upped his bankroll to $92,700 with the win.
In the lone division for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings it was Matza Man and Jack Moiseyev doubling up in the series thanks to a 2:01.2 tally. After getting away third, the streaking rookie shot to the top in the backstretch and offered up middle fractions of 1:00.2 and 1:28.4 before blowing things wide open. He strolled home in :32.3 to win by 6-1/4 lengths over Red Monster. Third prize went to Ulysses Bi.
Blake MacIntosh trains the son of Kadabra-Queen For A Day for Glat Kosher Racing on Monroe, NJ. It was the fourth win of the season in eight tries for the career winner of $38,500.