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Canadian Season Record Smashed Twice

Published: July 4, 2020 11:47 pm ET

Last Comment: July 5, 2020 10:26 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Beaumond Hanover shined when winning his Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division in a national season's best mile. But Tattoo Artist soon shadowed that victory by lowering the national season's mark a few races later when winning his Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday (July 4).

Starting from Post 7, driver Jody Jamieson had Beaumond Hanover on the move early and the favourite took command from Denali Seelster as the colts reached the :26.4 quarter. From there Beaumond Hanover cruised to a :54.4 half and, when Mayhem Hanover mounted a challenge heading for three-quarters in 1:22.2, Jamieson shifted the strapping youngster into a bigger gear. Powering down the stretch, Beaumond Hanover opened a three-and-three-quarter length margin on his peers and stopped the teletimer in 1:49.1, the fastest mile paced this year in Canada. Examiner Hanover finished second and Denali Seelster was third.

“He’s just a really nice horse. It’s kind of an honour to have a horse like that, he just seems perfect in every way,” said owner-trainer Jack Darling. “He was always our best colt. We had high hopes for him. We were pretty sure he was going to be a good Gold colt last year, but he has come back strong this year. You’re always hoping for it, but you never expect them to be this good.”

The son of Sportswriter trained down in impressive fashion and had one qualifier under his belt last June when he kicked the fence in the paddock and suffered a bone bruise that took two months to heal. Beaumond Hanover returned to action in September and won four of five starts, including two legs and the final of the Harvest Series, before Darling opted to wrap up his freshman campaign.

This season Beaumond Hanover opened the season with a five-length win in 1:49.4 and then finished third and second in his next two starts. As a result, Darling made a couple of small changes to the colt’s equipment for Saturday’s Gold Series test.

“I changed his shoes, I put aluminum shoes on him to get a little lighter shoe, and a little more grab, a little more reach,” Darling said. “I let his hopples out a little bit. It seemed to help. He’s a big horse so he can go with a big hopple. He’s just a massive horse, tall, but he’s athletic, he’s got that big shoulder and big hind end that you like. He’s a horse that really stands out on the track. When you’re out jogging him or training him he kind of catches everybody’s eye.”

In addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes, Beaumond Hanover is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup (eliminations Aug. 22, final Aug. 29), Simcoe Stakes (Sept. 5) and the Somebeachsomewhere (Sept. 12). Darling said the colt is easy to train and, as long as he stays happy and healthy, should not need many overnight starts to remain sharp for his stakes engagements.

“You can train him all you want, he’s good that way. Easy on himself, a fairly mild-mannered stud, never really acts up,” Darling said. “He spends an hour out in the paddock every morning from 6 to 7 a.m. He just loves that. You turn him out and he just trots down to the end of the paddock and starts eating grass for an hour, doesn’t worry about anything. He’s a classy horse.”

Unfortunately, Beaumond Hanover’s Canadian season’s mark would stand for just 90 minutes as Tattoo Artist roared around the Milton oval in 1:48.2 in the second $107,200 Gold division.

Driver Louis-Philippe Roy sent Tattoo Artist straight to the front from post 8, ringing a :25.3 quarter. Keeping an eye peeled for the advance of favourite Indictable Hanover, Roy took his foot off the gas heading for the :54.1 and then let Tattoo Artist roll again when he caught sight of his rival heading for three-quarters, timed in 1:21.3. In spite of the sharp early pace, Tattoo Artist had something in reserve and pulled away to a three-length victory in a Canadian season’s record 1:48.2. Indictable Hanover settled for second and pocket-sitter Rhythm In Motion was third.

“He certainly stepped up tonight. I knew he was a fast little boy when we trained him down this spring, but that’s pretty good to go that fast this time of year,” said Dr. Ian Moore, who trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon and Let It Ride Stables Inc. “So I guess we’re going to have to try to baby him along and save him for August, the big one I guess. He should do in there anyways.”

Like Beaumond Hanover, Tattoo Artist is eligible for the North America Cup in August, and Moore said he will spend the coming days mapping out a schedule that aims to have the Hes Watching colt in peak form for Woodbine Mohawk Park’s marquee event. Saturday’s outing was the colt’s fourth of his sophomore campaign and his third win.

“I gave him five days off after his last race (June 20), started back jogging him on Friday of last week, and then he had Sunday off as well, and then I trained him on Tuesday a mile and a half and he went the last half in the jog cart faster than I’ve ever been in my life, :56 and a bit,” Dr. Moore said. “That was the first time he had the ear plugs in. So he seemed very good going into this and hopefully we can keep him that way for a few more months anyway.”

Tattoo Artist and Beaumond Hanover will return to Gold Series action on Saturday, July 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

(with files from Ontario Sires Stakes)

A pair of Preferred events were also contested on the Saturday card. A recap of those events can be found here.

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

July 5, 2020 - 10:26 amI think last night's $2.2

Mike Mobley SAID...

I think last night's $2.2 million handle was the highest handle at Mohawk so far in 2020, other than on nights in which there was a mandatory bet payout.

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