A messy Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park saw six-year-old trotter Big Rich complete a Preferred-triple.
The aftermath of a brutal weekend ice storm left the track crew working non-stop until post time Monday, but once the first-race went behind the gate, it was back to business as usual.
A field of seven older trotter clashed over the “sloppy” track in the $34,000 Preferred.
Richard Moreau trainee Big Rich won the final two editions of the Preferred at Woodbine Racetrack and he carried that momentum over to Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Big Rich went to the front and never looked back to pick his third consecutive win and fourth of the season. The six-year-old gelding posted fractions of :29.3, :58.2 and 1:27.2 before trotting home in :30.1 and fighting off Free Willy Hanover, who pressed the leader going to three-quarters.
Big Rich’s margin of victory was a length.
Luc Blais trainee Warrawee Roo rallied to finish third in his five-year-old debut.
Owned by 9099 3833 Quebec Inc and Frank Spagnolo, Big Rich has now banked $90,700 in 10 starts this season. The Moreau trainee picked up his 22nd career victory with his triumph over the “sloppy” track Monday.
A $2 win ticket on Big Rich paid $3.40.
They got the ball rolling with Big Bang Boom (1:58) in Race 4 and tacked on wins with Kingsley B (1:56.2) in Race 7 and Buzz (1:57.4) in Race 10.
Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m.
(With files from Woodbine Mohawk Park)
To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.