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Coleman & MacDonald Dominate; Hudon Celebrates 3,500th Victory

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Published: August 23, 2010 7:52 pm ET

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A set of Eternal Camnation Stakes divisions and a pair of Nassagaweya Stakes splits were carried over from Saturday evening and contested as non-wagering events prior to Monday’s 11-race program at Mohawk, and the youngsters put on quite a show.

Pretty Katherine shaved one-fifth of a second off Cabrini Hanover’s Canadian record of 1:51 for two-year-old pacing fillies when she steamrolled to a 1:50.4 score in her $102,028 division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. The performance missed equaling A And Gs Confusion's world record of 1:50.3 by one-fifth of a second.

Mark MacDonald quarter-pole-moved the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Fox Valley Shaker to the top after Bunkhouse Babe (Steve Condren) supplied a :27.1 opener. The Casie Coleman trainee ripped through middle splits of :55.2 and 1:24.1 before roaring home in :26.3 to win by 6-3/4 lengths over Buck Stops Here (Jody Jamieson). Third prize went to Swinging Beauty.

John Liviakis of Mill Valley, CA holds the papers on Pretty Katherine, who is undefeated in three lifetime starts. Purchased for $120,000 at last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the youngster has banked $63,514 to date.

Mater Deo gave trainer Casie Coleman and driver Mark MacDonald a sweep of this year’s Eternal Camnation Stakes thanks to her 1:52.3 triumph in her $100,529 assignment on Monday evening.

MacDonald and the daughter of Western Ideal-Life Matters sat second behind Cards That Count (Paul MacDonell) through an opening quarter in :26.2 before brushing to the top and supplying panels of :55.2 and 1:24.4 en route to the half-length triumph over Tea Pot Hanover (Sylvain Filion). Card That Count tagged along to finish third.

Steve Calhoun of Chatham and West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON share ownership on the youngster, who was a $37,000 purchase from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale. The lion’s share of Monday’s purse boosted her bankroll to $58,265.

Shadyshark Hanover, a $90,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, took his $107,811 division of the Nassagaweya Stakes in a time of 1:52.2 for the Miller brothers – trainer Erv and driver Andy.

Miller worked out a three-hole trip for the son of Cams Card Shark-Shady Past while Arsenal (Randy Waples) supplied the field with fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Miller angled his charge off the rail in the lane and the colt uncorked a :26.2 final frame to get up for the neck decision over Arsenal in 1:52.2. Mach Of Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion) tagged along to finish third.

John Fielding, Richard Strachan, Ronald Michelon and the Ervin Miller Stable Inc share ownership on the maiden-breaker, who now owns a 1-2-0 record after four lifetime starts. The lion’s share of the purse bumped his overall cash stash to $87,206.

Big Jim, who was three weeks removed from his 1:51.1 score in the final of the Dream Maker Pacing Series, cruised to a 1:51.1 effort in his $107,811 division of the Nassagaweya Stakes.

Driven by Phil Hudon and trained by James ‘Friday’ Dean, the son of Western Ideal-Bold Pink sat fourth to the quarter pole in :26.2 while Ohmygosh Hanover (Mark MacDonald) did the early road work. Hudon brushed to the front in the backstretch and took over command at the mid-way point in :55.4 with Big Jim. They were still in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1, and a :27-second final quarter was more than enough to win in under-wraps fashion by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:51.1. Ohmygosh Hanover was next best and Feel Like A Fool (Andy Miller) rounded out the top three finishers.

Jim Carr of Hamilton, ON shelled out $35,000 to purchase the colt from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and so far the rookie has hauled in $85,826 in purse earnings.

The victory was especially sweet for teamster Phil Hudon because it the 3,500th of his career. The southpaw, who had a three-win night at Mohawk, has raked in more than $1 million in purse earnings for twelve consecutive seasons. His next milestone will be surpassing $40 million in career earnings.

To view Monday’s results, click here.


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