FRASERVILLE, ON — Two-year-old trotting colt Hitithard did just that to capture the Gold Consolation at Kawartha Downs on Tuesday evening.
Regular reinsman Mike Saftic hit the accelerator early, taking full advantage of the colt’s inside Post 2, and Hitithard was five lengths ahead of his peers when he reached the :28 opening quarter. Saftic kept the pedal pushed down en route to the :57.2 half, but when there were no challengers from the backfield he eased the tempo and allowed Hitithard to coast to a 1:27.4 three-quarters.
The colt maintained his lead around the final turn and trotted strongly down the stretch to capture the one and one-quarter length victory over Mr Escadar. At The Gate picked up the third-place finisher’s share of the $20,000 Gold Consolation purse, but was well behind the leaders.
Hitithard’s impressive mile was clocked at 1:57.1 , eclipsing by one full second the 1:58.1 two-year-old trotting colt track record set by former Ontario Sires Stakes star and hometown favourite Meadowview Sunny in 2002.
Owned by Anthony Macri of Waterdown, Hitithard earned his berth in the consolation with a hard fought fourth-place finish in his elimination last week. The John Ciarpelli trainee started from the outside Post 8 and was forced to dodge traffic on his way to the wire.
A $14,000 purchase from the Forest City Sale last October, the son of Mr Lavec and Donaver has already earned $13,200 in just two lifetime starts.
Three races later the Gold Series colts rolled up behind the starting gate and fans were subjected to a moment of deja vu as D.R. Ackerman rolled Senator Hall out of Post 2 to a :28 opening quarter. That is where the similarity to the consolation ended however, as Ackerman chose to yield control to elimination winner Magic Carpet Ride, who then made an unfortunate miscue as he trotted by the :58 half.
With Magic Carpet Ride out of the running, Mopey Corey accelerated up the outside to the front, reaching the three-quarters in a snappy 1:26. That sharp third fraction would prove to be the colt’s undoing however, as Senator Hall popped out of the pocket in the stretch and cruised by to a half length victory in 1:58.1.
Mopey Corey, another winner from last week’s elimination round, settled for second, while Rosesbowls MVP overcame the outside Post 8 to secure third-place honours in the $120,000 skirmish.
Douglas Ackerman of Warren, MI bred, owns and trains Senator Hall, who boasts a flawless record of two wins in two starts. The Angus Hall son was an effortless eight length winner last week, his 1:59 clocking the fastest of the three eliminations. A half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes stalwart Coventry, who earned $641,049 in his four year career, Senator Hall is out of the Ackerman’s top producing mare Lady Leesun.
Senator Hall will attempt to maintain his position atop the Ontario Sires Stakes polls with a third strong performance when the Gold Series colts head to Grand River Raceway on Aug. 29. Kawartha Downs fans will have a chance to compare the colts with their feminine counterparts when the top two-year-old trotting fillies arrive in Fraserville for Gold Series Eliminations on Saturday, Aug. 16.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rkdftu.html.