To say James MacDonald had a solid night at the office on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park would be a major understatement.
All he did was pound out a track record-setting eight wins on the 10-race card including a track record-equalling performance with trotter Locatelli in the $34,000 Preferred Trot.
MacDonald hardly needs to make a late-season push to drum up support from the O’Brien Award voters, but it was pretty cool to sit back and watch the show.
Half of his 8 winners were from TheStable.ca:
The parade to victory lane kicked off with White Tiger who produced a 1:53.2 triumph in Race 2. He later returned to take the checkered flag with Looks Like Moni in Race 4 following his 1:53.4 score and two races later he guided Resolute Bay to a 1:54.2 victory.
He wrote a new chapter in the record book thanks to a track record-matching mile with Locatelli in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. The 1:50.4 clocking tied the record set earlier by older male trotters Mister Herbie (2012), Musical Rhythm (2019) and Guardian Angel AS (2019).
Locatelli sat a two-hole trip behind HP Mama B. She laid down big fractions of :26.3, :55.1 and 1:22.2 before being hauled down. Locatelli fired home in :28 to win by a length over Logan Park. Race favourite HP Mama B had to settle for third prize.
Harry Poulton, who celebrated a three-win performance on the card, trains the four-year-old son of Muscle Hill-Girlie Tough for Thestable Locatelli Group and Hutchison Harness LLC. He’s won seven of 25 starts this season for earnings of over $140,000. The 11-time winner has banked just shy of $350,000 in his career.
– Reprinted from StanadardbredCanada.ca