CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Driver Paul MacDonell calls him confident, trainer John Bax calls him cocky, and after Sunday’s commanding Gold Final victory at Mohawk Racetrack, Define The World’s owner Al Libfeld may be calling the race office in Lexington, KY.
Sent off as the prohibitive favourite in spite of starting from Post 9, three-year-old trotter Define The World served early notice to his fans that he was ready for battle. Sprinting off the wings, the Duke Of York son and MacDonell were sitting third when Nureyev hit the opening quarter in :27.2. Confident in his mount, MacDonell sent Define The World after the lead heading for the :56.1 half and had gained just over a one length advantage before the 1:25.4 three-quarters.
In spite of the smart early fractions, Define The World laid down a :27.4 last quarter to claim the 1:53.3 victory. Pocket sitter Nureyev finished two lengths behind the winner in second, while Superfast Stuart was eight and three-quarter lengths to the rear in third.
Guelph resident MacDonell engineered the victory, a personal best for Define The World, on behalf of trainer John Bax of Peterborough and owner-breeder Al Libfeld of Pickering.
Sunday’s victory marked Define The World’s fourth straight appearance in the winner’s circle. The gelding kicked off his hot streak in the Aug. 17 Gold Final at Flamboro Downs, extended it through the Aug. 30 Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk, and then captured last weekend’s Gold Elimination by a dominant four and a half lengths. In 18 starts the ultra-consistent trotter has recorded 11 wins and five seconds for earnings of $474,751.
Prior to the elimination Libfeld began to contemplate supplementing Define The World to the Oct. 4 Kentucky Futurity at Lexington’s The Red Mile. The gelding was not eligible to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk earlier in September, and is not eligible to the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands in November, so the Kentucky Futurity seemed like a logical spot to give Define The World an opportunity to tackle the very best colts in North America while he is at the top of his game.
With two impressive performances in the Gold Elimination and Final, Define The World provided the impetus Libfeld needed, and also earned a total of $90,000, more than enough to cover the $50,000 it will cost to supplement him into the Kentucky Futurity.
If he heads south, Define The World will join an impressive contingent of Ontario-sired horses already at the Lexington oval, including three-year-old pacing colt Somebeachsomewhere, who MacDonell guided to a 1:46.4 world record equalling effort in the Bluegrass Stakes on Saturday afternoon.
The Kentucky Futurity is raced in heats on the same day, but Define The World would have almost three weeks to recover before he returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action in the last regular season Gold event at Windsor Raceway on Oct. 22.
Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack tomorrow evening with Trillium Series action for the three-year-old pacing fillies and Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Post time for Mohawk’s Monday evening program is 7:20 pm.
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