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NA Cup Preppers Impress

Published: May 21, 2012 10:19 pm ET

Last Comment: May 22, 2012 12:00 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

The countdown continues to this year’s Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, and a number of local trainers continue to put the finishing touches on their sophomores


Trainer Bob McIntosh has a number of colts eligible to this year’s event, and he has to be very excited about the way Thinking Out Loud is heading to the sport’s richest race of the season for the Glamour Boy division.

The homebred son of Ponder-Los Angeles tracked cover in his $23,000 conditioned assignment on Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and when driver Randy Waples swung off cover in the lane the talented youngster did the rest on his own. He uncorked a :26.2 closing quarter to win by four lengths in 1:51. Waples, who hasn’t pulled the plugs this season on the colt, had him under wraps finishing up the mile.

Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc share own the six-time winner, who is 3-for-3 this year after his 3-for-4 rookie campaign. Listed at 45-1 in Trot Magazine's 2012 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, the pacer has stashed away more than $80,000 to date.

Ontheclock Hanover, who is 70-1 in the Spring Book, stepped up and scored a solid victory in a $20,000 tilt for driver Jack Moiseyev. The son of American Ideal-On Her Way shot to the lead and went unchallenged through fractions of :28.3, :56.4 and 1:25.3 before turning on the jets and sprinting home in :27.3 to secure a 1:53.1 victory.

The three-time winner, who is owned by Moore, the R G McGroup Ltd and Serge Savard, improved this year’s record to 1-0-1 in four tries while boosting his lifetime earnings to $45,250 with the win.

Spinarama, who is listed at 65-1 in the Spring Book, went winless in his first three starts of the season but made the fourth one count in a $19,000 conditioned tilt at Mohawk on Monday evening.

The Dr. Ian Moore-trained son of Cams Card Shark-Marena Hanover found himself parked past the quarter pole in :26.4 before working his way to the top for driver Jody Jamieson, who then carved out middle splits of :55.2 and 1:24 with the colt. A :28.2 final frame earned him the one-length decision over Windsun Cointreau, who is 100-1 in the Spring Book. Time for the mile was a career-best 1:52.2.

It was the training double for Moore, who shares ownership on the pacer with Serge Savard of Bruno, QC and the R G McGroup Ltd of Bathurst, NB. The two-time winner has now potted more than $42,000 in career earnings.

Slip Into Glide got roughed up early in Monday’s $38,000 Preferred Trot, but that didn’t keep him from storming home and posting a new lifetime mark of 1:53.1 for Team Baillargeon. With Mario Baillargeon at the lines, the Ben Baillargeon pupil watched Smokin Dabra and Bullet take turns on the lead in the early stages before rushing to take command just before the half popped up in :55.2. Slip Into Glide zipped by three-quarters in 1:23.4 before using a :29.2 kicker to defeat Bullet and Star Ruffnready.

The four-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Balanced Breeze won for the third time this season and for the ninth time in his career. The career winner of $168,773 is owned by 574238 Ontario Inc, 493807 Ontario Inc, Craig Turner and breeder Diane Ingham.

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

May 22, 2012 - 12:00 amThinking Out Loud looks

Ward Zinn SAID...

Thinking Out Loud looks unbeatable this year.Looks good on Randy and Bob.

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