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Preferred To Musical Rhythm; Hi-5 Hit

Published: May 18, 2017 11:44 pm ET

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After going 0-for-2 to start the season Musical Rhythm found his way to victory lane in Thursday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, and in the process he snapped the seven-race winning streak of Odds On Amethyst.

Musical Rhythm got away third for Team Baillargeon while Major Athens fired to the lead and carved out fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.2. Odds On Amethyst, who got away sixth, was first-over on the way to the half, and was second and pressing Major Athens at the three-quarter pole. Musical Rhythm, who was fourth on the rail turning for home, escape to the outside and motored home in :28 to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Major Athens in 1:53. Windsun Revenge was third.

Mario Baillargeon mapped out the winning trip for the 6-5 favourite, who is owned by trainer Ben Baillargeon and partners Claude Hamel, Santo Vena and Nunzio Vena. The five-year-old son of Cantab Hall-Musical Victory went 12-for-21 last year while banking more than $360,000. The 22-time winner is quickly closing in on $500,000 in career earnings.

Mohawk Jackpot Hi-5 hit for $152,710.35 (USD)

Just a single ticket correctly selected the top-five finishers in the final race Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack to connect for a massive $152,710.35 (USD) Jackpot Hi-5 payout.

The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover, which had been growing since mid-April, sat at $184,987.99 (CAD) heading into Thursday’s card. A total of $26,703 was wagered into the pool Thursday.

ER Quinn and driver Louis Philippe Roy scored a 25-1 upset victory in the Hi-5 race over Matrix Of Luck, who was the 3-5 favourite, to help eliminate many Hi-5 tickets.

The top-five was then rounded out by Mister X, who finished third at 70-1, Blissful Years at 13-1 and Leafs And Wings at 3-1.

The only winning Jackpot Hi-5 ticket cost just $16.20 and was purchased in the Oregon area.

The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Friday evening. As always, Jackpot Hi-5 wagering is available on the final race every night at Mohawk Racetrack.

To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(with files from WEG)

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