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Series Winners Share The Spotlight

Published: March 19, 2016 10:18 pm ET

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The WEGZ and HPIBet.com series finals highlighted racing action Saturday night (March 19) at Woodbine Racetrack.

Just a field of five went postward in the $55,800 WEGZ for four-year-old pacers, while a full field of 10 four-year-old pacing mares competed in the $54,400 HPIBet.com.

All eyes were on Mohawk Warrior in the WEGZ, as the Richard Moreau trainee aimed for a series sweep and he did not disappoint.

Driven by Jody Jamieson, Mohawk Warrior got away third, while Shades Of Bay and Legion Of Boom battled for the early lead. Shades Of Bay posted an opening quarter of :27, but was quickly overtaken by the heavy favourite.

Mohawk Warrior, the 1-5 choice, put up middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 to lead the field into the stretch. The Moreau trainee sealed the victory with a :26.3 final quarter to win by a length and a quarter in 1:51.1.

Rafa, the winner's stablemate and a runner-up in the first two legs of the series, was scratched sick from the final, but Cajon Lightning, another Moreau trainee, finished second. Shades Of Bay was third.

A four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Mohawk Warrior has now won five of eight starts in 2016 for 13 career victories. The WEGZ Series sweep pushes his seasonal earnings to over $75,000.

Owned by Brad Grant, Mohawk Warrior missed his career mark by a fifth of a second Saturday, but paced his final quarter in :27.1 or faster for the fifth consecutive start. His career earnings now sit at $176,461.

Mohawk Warrior paid $2.40 to win.

He was part of a training triple on the 10-race card for Moreau, who also sent out three winners at Woodbine on Friday night.

Wanda Bayama followed up her leg two victory with a 1:51.4 score in the HPIBet.com final.

Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama left hard from post nine and made the front at the opening quarter in :26.1. The 8-5 second choice, Wanda Bayama continued to call the shots in the middle-half. She posted back-to-back panels of :29 to lead the field into the stretch.

Our Hot Majorette, the even-money favourite, paced along fourth and was one of several horses looking to made a stretch bid at the leader. However, Wanda Bayama was clearly the best and paced home in :27.3 to win by a length and a half in 1:51.4. Much Adoo, who won leg one, finished second, while Aniston Seelster and Our Hot Majorette rounded out the top four.

Trained by Stephane Larocque, Wanda Bayama has now won two of three starts in 2016. The four-year-old pacing mare now has nine career victories and over $111,000 in career earnings for owners Bayama Farms Inc.

Wanda Bayama equalled her career mark of 1:51.4 with the victory.

She paid $5.40 to win.

In order to be eligible to the WEGZ and HPIBet.com, the four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015.

To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Racetrack.

(With files from WEG / Photos by New Image Media)


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