Maritime connections made a clean sweep of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Raceway on Saturday night.
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON. Maritime connections made a clean sweep of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Raceway on Saturday night.
Recently minted world champion Somebeachsomewhere set a stakes record in winning his $113,800 division in 1:51 for the Schooner Stables of Truro while the other two divisions went to two-year-olds trained by Wallace, N. S. native Carl Jamieson and driven by son Jody Jamieson.
Coming off world record performance in the $1 million Metro Pace and sent to the gate as the prohibitive 1-9 favourite in the third split of the Champlain, Somebeachsomewhere and linesman Paul MacDonnell played a waiting game early before accelerating to the front before the half and turned away all comers from then on.
The fastest freshman pacer in the sport turned in a smoking final quarter of :26 and produced a new Champlain stakes record of 1:51 on his way to a four-length victory for the Schooner Stables of Truro, Nova Scotia.
It was the fifth consecutive victory for the unbeaten Somebeachsomewhere, a son of Mach Three out of the Beach Towel mare, Wheres the Beach. Santanna Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson) was game for second, Upfront Hannasboy was third, and 55-1 longshot Todd J H Hanover came in for fourth.
He was awesome last Saturday, and to kick a quarter in :26 seconds here tonight and the mile in 1:51, its just unbelievable,'Co-owner Brent McGrath of Truro said.
"Paul drove the horse perfect, he put him on the front end under no stress and let him pace home. He just sprinted down the stretch and he looked very comfortable. He told me he was steering perfect he certainly looked perfect. Hes the real deal,' he added.
Jody Jamieson won the first of the $113,883 divisions with Legacy N Diamonds, who grabbed the lead at the half and won in 1:52.4.
Carl Jamieson trains and co-owns Legacy N Diamonds along with Ken Henwood of Mississauga, Ontario. The son of The Panderosa is three for six this year.
The Jamiesons made it two-for-two when Roberts Rage destroyed the field, in the second $113,883 division. with a 1:52.2 score.
Roberts Rage, an Artsplace colt out of the Cams Card Shark mare, Michelles Revenge, is another student of Carl Jamiesons. Jamieson also owns the colt in conjunction with Tom Kyron, Fred Brayford, and the George Arthur Stable.