Three divisions of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings chased some serious cash during Monday’s 10-race card at Mohawk Racetrack, as the Campbellville oval hosted another round of the OSS Gold Series.
Rose Run Speedster, who entered his $70,000 assignment riding a two-race winning streak, extended his streak to three-in-a-row thanks to a come-from-behind score in 1:59 for Team MacDonald. The son of Windsong Espoir-Padam Hall was treated to a ground-saving trip in the three-hole for most of the mile before angling out late and storming to the win in 1:59. Life Well Lived was a lapped-on runner-up, with Amanforallseasons taking home the show dough.
Anthony MacDonald mapped out the winning trip for the Amy MacDonald trainee, who is owned by Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA and Rose Run Speedster Stable of Guelph, Ont. The three-time winner, who was $14,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, has banked more than $77,000 to date.
Manssive topped a Muscle Mass-sired Triactor in the second division. The colt shot to the early lead for driver Corey Callahan, who then accepted a two-trip when confronted and overtaken by race favourite Mass Production. That colt sliced out middle splits of :58.2 and 1:29.2, but he couldn’t seal the deal. Manssive rallied from the pocket and used a :29-second kicker to win by a half-length margin over Mass Production. Dream Massive rounded out the top three finishers.
Howie Okusko, Jr. trains the son of Muscle Mass-Smooth And Sassy for M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. The $23,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, owns a 2-1-0 record from four starts in addition to a bankroll that stands just shy of $37,000.
Clarion Hall needed a replacement driver at the last minute, and James MacDonald made the most of the opportunity with the Rene Allard trainee. The colt was scheduled to be driven by Jody Jamieson, but his late arrival to the Campbellville oval after racing earlier in the evening at Grand River Raceway opened the door for MacDonald.
Clarion Hall got away in the garden spot from Post 6, and from there he tracked Reach The Peak through fractions of :28.1, :59 and 1:28.4. Reach The Peak weakened late, and that allowed MacDonald to shoot through late and post the 1:58.3 triumph with the son of Windsong Espoir-Canland Hall. He prevailed by a half-length margin over the hard-charging Noble Prize. Reach The Peak settled for the show dough.
Sent off at odds of 5-1, Clarion Hall posted the maiden-breaking win for Allard and partners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC and Earl Hill, Jr. of Ohsweken, Ont. In three tries the rookie now owns a 1-0-2 record and purse earnings totalling $45,080.