Returning Star And NA Cup Hopeful Qualify

Published: April 1, 2010 04:26 pm EDT

This morning's session of qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack featured harness racing talent from the past, present and possibly the future


In the fifth qualifier, Pepsi North America Cup eligible Piece Of The Rock made his 2010 debut a winning one for the father-son combination of trainer Bob and driver Scott Young. Although winless in seven starts at 2, the Rocknroll Hanover - Paulas Promise showed flashed of brilliance with numerous miles in the 1:52 range and banked just over $40,000 for his efforts. This morning, the pacer was a 1:55 winner of a soft opening half of :59.1 for Ontario owners Bob Young, Jamie Trott, Brian Barton and Frank Aloise.

The next session featured free-for-all trotter Scorpion Moon, who rebounded from two uncharacteristically poor efforts at the Open Trot level to trounce seven other square-gaiters in 1:55.4 for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Tracy Brainard, who co-owns with Andrew Herzog of Monticello, N.Y.

To the surprise of many, pacer-turned-stallion Shanghai Phil made his first on-track appearance since 2005. Even more surprising - he won, in 1:55.2 with a :27.4 final quarter. Keith Oliver was in the bike for trainer and co-owner Dustin Jones. Jones shares partnership on the now eight-year-old son of Blissfull Hall with Hudson Standardbred of Quebec.

For all the charts from the Thursday session of qualifiers at Mohawk, click here.