Off a solid qualifying effort last week, 2009 O'Brien Award and Metro Pace winner Sportswriter has been entered to make his first pari-mutuel start of the season
this coming weekend.
Two-time O'Brien Award-winning trainer Casie Coleman has entered the career winner of $875,411 to race Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.
Sportswriter, who earlier this year was installed as the 3-1 favourite in Trot Magazine's 2010 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, has drawn Post 5 in Mohawk's fifth race, a conditioned event which will also feature a pair of other NA Cup eligibles.
Coleman has listed pilot Mark MacDonald to perform the driving duties.
Art Major colt Kyle Major (40-1 in Spring Book), who was a close third-place finisher in the $220,000 final of the Berry's Creek, has drawn Post 8 for trainer Shawn Robinson, who has listed Steve Condren to drive.
The Kris Di Cenzo-trained Willies Place (65-1 in Spring Book) has drawn Post 10. Mark MacDonald has been listed to drive the Artsplace colt. Willies Place captured the final of the Youthful Pacing Series earlier this spring.
Another who will be contesting the 10-horse event is former O'Brien Award winner Nebupanezzar. The Bob McIntosh-trained No Pan Intended gelding will be making his second pari-mutuel start after a hiatus. The four-year-old has drawn Post 7 and McIntosh has listed Condren to drive.
Race 5 on Mohawk's Saturday card has an estimated post time of 8:54 p.m.
First-race post time for the 11-race evening is 7:30 p.m.
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