Oh Well gives Hunterton a Mohawk Million hat trick – US Trotting News


Milton, ON — Oh Well notched a sparkling score in Saturday’s (Sept. 24) C$1 million Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

After raising the first two Mohawk Million winners, Venerate in 2020 and Venerable in 2021, Steve and Cindy Stewart of Hunterton Farm decided to buy one of nine slots for CA$100,000 (the final slot goes to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial) with a few partners for this year’s edition of the unique 2-year-old trotting event.

It turned out to be a winning idea.

Oh Well was a 2-1/2 length winner in a stakes record tying 1:53.4. New photo media image.

Dw’s Point Man was on point early, exploding from post eight to take the early lead as Oh Look Magic couldn’t find a seat and sat second, while Hasty Bid and Oh Well were next. in an opening panel of: 27.3.

Oh Look Magic, still traveling on the outside, took the lead from a stubborn Dw’s Point Man, as Oh Well, with Tim Tetrick on the race bike, came out and headed for the front after a half time reached in: 56.1.

Sent on his way as a 3-5 pick, Oh Well, topping a header after three quarters in 1:24.4, primed for the offer of a tough win bet, which had started to creep up way into the front connection pausing and leaving his rival an open leader with the finish line getting closer and closer.

On the wire, Oh Well, trained by Marcus Melander and owned by SRF Stable, was the winner by 2-1/2 lengths in a stakes record tying 1:53.4. Silly Me Hanover, at 42-1, finished second. Proud To Be Lindy, 96-1, was third and 60-1 Hasty Bid was fourth.

“I just had to be careful on the rail, you just don’t want to get stuck and then not get out,” Tetrick said from his rail post. “I don’t think the size of the track bothers him at all. He’s a big, strong colt, he looks great, and most importantly keep him focused because he’ll watch the butterflies if you let him. He has a big engine, he never gets tired and he is a very handsome colt.

Crafting a 4-2-0 record in six starts, Oh Well, a son of muscle hill-Fine Tuned Lady, was a $530,000 buy at the 2021 Standardbred Horse Sale.

He finished second in his first race, just a nose behind, in a New Jersey Sires Stakes race at The Meadowlands in June that clocked 1:53.4. An inaugural score on July 8 was followed by a three-quarter triumph in its $240,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes division final two weeks later.

By finishing second in the Peter Haughton on August 6, Oh Well won the $275,000 New Jersey Classic for New Jersey Horses on September 16.

“From the start he was a beautiful colt,” praised Melander. “He cost a lot of money. If you buy a high-priced yearling, that doesn’t mean he’ll be good. He’s covered a lot of ground and he’s a great horse.

A horse that delivered Hunterton, the largest Standardbred farm in the world that doesn’t support stallions, with another memorable Mohawk Million moment.

It’s a safe bet that one of Paris, Ky.-based Standardbred Racing’s most successful breeding operations will be back for a chance at a Grand Slam Mohawk Million in 2023.

“I think it was more of an opportunity for us to give back to racing and we benefited tremendously from that, the guys and us who had the mares and bred the horses,” Stewart said. “It’s a great opportunity. I think it’s a wonderful race. It’s really important, I think, to have a race like this for breeders.

Oh Well paid $3.40 for his Mohawk Million win.

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