On Tuesday morning September 28, 2021, Woodbine Entertainment’s Woodbine Mohawk Park in Milton hosted a total of six qualifiers for Standardbred racing. The qualifiers saw O’Brien Award winner trotting mare Hey Livvy and two more two-year-olds return to action on Tuesday. The horse returned to racing in a spectacular fashion by winning qualifier number three.
The award-winning mare managed to record the fastest mile for the morning session to win in 1:53.3 with over 14 lengths ahead of the rest of the horses. The track live-streamed the full set of qualifiers on its official YouTube channel and for those who missed it, the full recording can be still found on the channel.
Tuesday Morning Session
O’Brien Award winner trotting mare Hey Livvy hit the ground running in the morning qualifiers and stopped the watch at 1:53.3 while winning by a lead of 14 lengths. Second and third place were taken by Meadowbranch Noble and Ace Bi. The award winner has 23 career wins with over CA$500,000 in won purses, the six-year-old started her season with Open wins at Yonkers Raceway.
Winners of the six qualifiers include the Shawn Steacy-trained Walner filly Warrawee Xenia and the Sunshine Beach gelding Bob Loblaw. Both of them returned to action after suffering several breaks during their previous racing performances. Mark Steacy, was at the reins of Warrawee Xenie, and the trotter started with panels of :28.2, :58.2, and 1:28.1. Her final time was 1:58, which secured her the victory.
The popular crowd’s choice pacing gelding Bob Loblaw also enjoyed a great set of qualifiers as the horse lead by multiple lengths at times and recorded a win with a final time of 1:55.4 with Sylvain Fillion at the rein. The horse previously suffered breaks at the Champlain Stakes and Metro Pace but is now back on track. Chucky Hanover finished in second with Docs Papparazzi securing third
Bob Loblaw now has two wins and three third places from 10 starts with over CA$116,000 in won purses during his career. The horse is trained by Ken Middleton, who is also the co-owner of the Nassagaweya Stakes winner along with David Walls, James Grant, and Starting Centre Stables. The full qualifying session can be found on the track’s official YouTube channel.
Mohawk Million Highlights
Last weekend, Woodbine Mohawk Park held its annual edition of the CA$1 million Mohawk Million race. It was not that surprising to see that the 4-5 favorite Venerable managed to snatch the victory with a winning time of 1:54 2/5 and driver David Miller at the seat. For trainer John Bax, Duly Resolved place second, and Valentina Blu with rider Andrew McCarthy got third.
Setting New Records
For the week before the Mohawk Million event, Woodbine Entertainment reported an impressive weekend in betting volume. Over CA$30 million has been wagered at the company’s tracks – Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 17, 18, and 19. Woodbine Racetrack generated its highest-ever betting handle of CA$13 million from the Saturday Thoroughbred card.
Source: “Mohawk’s Tuesday Qualifiers Complete”, Standardbred Canada, September 29, 2021