Jack Moiseyev won the Cleveland Classic in 1991 with three year-old pacing star Precious Bunny and had not been to Northfield Park since. He returned to the Flying Turns on Friday to drive Daylon Magician in the $170,000 Cleveland Trotting Classic and found himself in the winner’s circle again.
Daylon Magician ($19.80) started from post seven and let his competition carve blistering early fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:23.4. Moiseyev pulled second-over and followed cover up the backstretch before making his move in the final quarter and besting his competition by a head, stopping the timer at 1:53.2. The clocking broke the track record for five-and-up trotting horses and tied Northfield’s all-age trotting record.
“Everything kind of worked out for us. They were going pretty fast and I was able to rest him (Daylon Magician) early, and that is what he really likes,” said Jack Moiseyev. “He was in a good spot turning for home because if he is close he tries to beat whoever is in front of him.”
Friday’s win is Daylon Magician’s sixth this year and 31st lifetime score, increasing his bankroll to $1,956,597 for Daylon Farms Ltd of Komoka, Ontario.
Completing the 2015 Trotting Classic were Obrigado, DWs NY Yank, Rompaway Galaxy, Awesome Valley, Il Sogno Dream, Datsyuk and Count Me In.
The track record set in the Classic was just one of four records set on the 15-race program, which also featured 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races for freshman filly pacers and trotters.