MILTON, November 26, 2018 – Musical Rhythm made a triumphant return to the Preferred level on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The six-year-old Ben Baillargeon trainee pulled off a 9-1 upset over six-rivals in the $34,000 top-class. A rainy Monday led to ‘Sloppy’ conditions for the evening’s card of racing. Dunbar Hall was the talk of the field, as he entered on a two-race win streak in the Preferred.
Dancer Hall, who finished second in the last two editions of the Preferred, powered to the early-lead and posted a :28.3 opener before catching a :30 breather in the second-quarter. B Yoyo moved out from fourth and came first-up, which allowed Musical Rhythm and driver Mario Baillargeon to follow from fifth and sit second-over on the far turn.
Dancer Hall maintained the lead to three-quarters in 1:27.4, with B Yoyo pressuring first-up and Musical Rhythm in a perfect second-over spot. Dunbar Hall got away third and rather than coming first-up stayed in and was buried fourth turning for home.
In the stretch, B Yoyo immediately trotted by Dancer Hall and took the lead, but it was short-lived, as Musical Rhythm powered by for a three-lengths score in 1:57.1. Free Willy Hanover finished second, while B Yoyo was third and Dunbar Hall fourth.
A six-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm was returning to the Preferred after dropping down and gaining confidence at lower-levels. The Baillargeon trainee registered his ninth career Preferred victory and first since last October.
Musical Rhythm now has two wins and $43,780 earned in eight starts this season for owners Santo & Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. Monday’s victory increases his career numbers to 29 wins and $680,228 earned.
A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm paid $20.50.
Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.