Ontario-Sired, Waasmula, Takes Fillies And Mares Prefered In Mohawk


Despite her outside post and long odds, Waasmula led every step of the way to post her first win of the season in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace featured on Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday night card.

Waasmula held off the late-closing favourites, season-debuting O’Brien Award finalist American In Paris and Marlee B, to prevail by a head in 1:51.2 with Sylvain Filion catch-driving for trainer Bruce Goit and owner Brent Vincent of Allenford, Ont. The time was a new Canadian season’s record for aged pacing mares.

Sent postward as the longest shot on the board at odds of 15-1 in her 10th race of the year, Waasmula paid $33 to win.

The homebred seven-year-old daughter of Million Dollar Cam, racing with the addition of Lasix, had crossed to command into the first turn of a sharp :26.4 opening quarter and fronted the field of six through middle splits of :55 and 1:22.3. Down the stretch, American In Paris rallied off the cover of Hope For Paddy for second while Marlee B closed from the backfield into the win photo. Hope For Paddy finished between horses just a half a length behind in fourth-place.

While Friday’s win was Waasmula’s first of the year, she had seven prior top three finishes. The lion’s share of the purse pushed her seasonal earnings to $51,300 and lifetime bankroll to $618,160.

Four-year-old trotter Michaels Turn had his turn in the spotlight later on the card when he continued his undefeated win streak for trainer Colin Johnson and Toronto-based co-owner Thomas Kyron. Driven by Jonathan Drury, the son of Muscle Hill closed from the backfield to post his sixth consecutive victory in a new lifetime-best clocking of 1:55.1.

(Standardbred Canada)

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