When the 37th edition of the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic takes place this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, driver Jack Moiseyev will look to do what no other driver has done before in the classic stakes event.
Moiseyev will be looking to become the first driver in the event’s history to post back-to-back wins.
Moiseyev, who guided Daylon Magician to victory in the 2011 edition, hopes to find himself in a similar situation when he teams up with Gym Tan Laundry in this year’s dash.
“There’s always a chance it could happen,” said Moiseyev about the possibility of scoring two consecutive CTC titles. “I feel pretty confident as I usually do going into big races. After the way he raced last week, I got a shot.”
The son of Yankee Glide finished a very strong second in his elimination, beaten by just a nose to Knows Nothing in 1:52.4.
“I used him a little bit leaving, then I retook and I thought Jody’s horse, Knows Nothing, was going to blow right by me, but he had a tough time and only beat me by a whisker,” Moiseyev said. “It was pretty impressive, he raced really well.”
2012 CTC Elims - Knows Nothing - 1:52.4
Moiseyev, a resident of Moffat, Ont., has steered his mounts to over $126-million in purse earnings over the course of his career, and he will look to add to that in the coveted classic this Saturday.
“He’s a real good-gaited horse and he’s learning how to finish a little better than he did earlier in the summer,” the veteran reinsman said of the gelding with $288,315 in career earnings. “He’s got a shot to win.”
Trainer Mike Vanderkemp and owners Adam Victor And Son Stble will also look to capture their second ‘Classic.’
The pair teamed up in 2003 when Mr Muscleman got under the wire first for driver Ron Pierce. The bay gelding went on to earn $4,032,206 in career earnings and retired as one of the greatest trotters of all time.
Moiseyev and Gym Tan Laundry will line up in Post 6.
The $462,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters and the $435,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for freshmen trotting fillies will also take place on the 13-race program.
Racing fans will also be treated to fan appreciation night at the Campbellville oval, as each customer will receive a complimentary program.
First-race post time Saturday is 7:10 p.m.
To view the post-position draw for the CTC, click here.