After a ho-hum return race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on May 9, Tyga Hanover returned to the Campbellville, Ont. oval and smoked the seven foes he faced.
Third as a beaten favourite in his return race for trainer Shane Weber, Tyga Hanover relocated to the barn of trainer Ben Baillargeon and took his game to a whole new level in his Thursday evening assignment.
The three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Transference, who is listed at 100-1 in TROT Magazine’s 2019 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, shot to the top for driver Sylvain Filion and rolled the field through demanding panels of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.1. A :29.1 closing quarter earned thee gelding the win by 10-1/2 lengths over OK Kudo in 1:51.2.
Owned by the Rankins – Tom, Elizabeth and Glen – Tyga Hanover picked up the maiden-breaking tally in what was his eighth lifetime start.
Francis Dumouchel broke his maiden, as well, thanks to his victory with Rose Run Unclebuck in a $15,000 conditioned assignment.
The three-year-old son of Uncle Peter-Tameka Seelster was the second horse under the finish line, but was placed to first when the original winner, Shesa Sweetheart was placed fourth for a triple lapped-on break at the wire.
Dumouchel, who sent seven starters postward last season and came away with a record of 0-3-1, is now 1-for-5 to kick off his 2019 campaign. He’s been an assistant trainer in recent years for Blake MacIntosh.
To view results for Thursday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.