MILTON, November 16, 2019 – Series finals, a milestone and Jackpot score headlined an eventful Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
An 11-race card featured a trio of main events with a pair of Harvest Series finals for Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings and a $34,000 Preferred Pace.
Easy Lover Hanover became harness racing’s newest millionaire with 1:51.4 victory in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. The Ben Wallace trainee scored his eighth win of the season and 42nd in 106 career starts to cross the $1 million mark.
Sitting second-over at three-quarters, Easy Lover Hanover displayed the determination that fans have become accustomed to seeing by charging down the centre of the track and overtaking the lead in the final-eighth to win for driver Bob McClure.
A six-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover has competed in several of the sport’s top pacing events during his career with his biggest victory coming in the Progress Pace as a three-year-old. Brad Grant is the owner of racing’s new millionaire.
‘Easy Lover’ was made the 4/5 favourite in Saturday’s Preferred, returning $3.70 for a $2 win ticket.
Tony O’Sullivan trainee Angers Bayama took off on rivals racing to three-quarters to secure a 4 ½ length victory in the $49,600 Harvest Series final for pacing colts and geldings. Sylvain Filion guided the gelded son of Big Jim to the career-best 1:50.4 victory for the series sweep.
The First Step, who had victories in each of the preliminary legs, finished second. Prestige Seelster and Bettor B Going completed the Superfecta.
Angers Bayama is now on a six-race winning streak to bring his career record to six for 14 with $78,655 earned for owner Bayama Farms Inc. The six wins have all come since joining the barn of O’Sullivan.
A $2 win ticket on Angers Bayama returned $3.
Lifetime Royalty claimed the top at the opening-quarter and never looked back for a 10-1 upset victory in the $47,800 final for trotting colts and geldings. Jody Jamieson was the driver behind the gelded son of Royalty For Life for trainer Scott McEneny.
Okeanos trotted a :27.3 final-quarter to challenge Lifetime Royalty, coming up just a neck short for a runner-up finish to the 1:54.4 winner. Arcanum and A Royal Line rounded out the top-four.
Lifetime Royalty’s experience in the Harvest Series was an up and down ride, as the McEneny trainee captured a first leg division, finished seventh in the second leg and then rebounded for the victory Saturday. The sophomore gelded is now two for 16 this season and three for 25 overall after his career-best victory to bring his career earnings to $99,231 for owners Brad Grant, McEneny and Martwest Racing Stable.
Lifetime Royalty paid $22.90 to win.
The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-old colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2019 as of September 30, 2019.
Saturday’s final race saw the Jackpot Hi-5 taken down, as a horseplayer from Chicago had the only winning ticket for a score of $92,381.06 (USD).
The 6/5 favourite Mc Pat captured the final-race, but the top-five also included the two-longest shots in the race. The top-five finishers are listed below:
1st: #5 Mc Pat (6/5)
2nd: #10 Cliffhanger (5/1)
3rd: #9 St Lads Thriller (46/1)
4th: #1 Mighty Mach (110/1)
5th: #3 Cortez The Killer (12/1)
The $0.20 winning ticket cost $134.40 and was built 5,10/5,10/ALL/ALL/ALL.
Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.