by Frank Carulli
September 12, 2017
Yannick Gingras, the third-leading money-earning driver in North America this year, padded his $7.2 million listing with three noteworthy victories at Mohawk this past week. Gingras guided Hannelore Hanover to her 31st win in a $40,000 elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot and he will be back in the bike for trainer Ron Burke in this Saturday's C$593,000 finals. Mambo Lindy (Tim Tetrick) sprung a 26-1 upset in the other division, leaving defending champion Resolve and last year's Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder behind. Gingras returned to Mohawk Monday night and piloted Jimmy Takter-trained 2-year-olds Manchego and Maxus to victory in their respective elimination heats for the finals of the C$375,000 Peaceful Way Stakes and C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Manchego is now 7-for-7 to start his career.
Matt Kakaley guided maiden trotter Rose Run Tyrone to victory at the The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Sunday for the 4,000th driving victory of his career. ... Dan Noble was the subject of a feature story in the Dayton Daily News, two days before he won six races on the opening-day card at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. ... Dreammoko, the son of 2015 Yonkers International Trot winner Timoko, will run in this year's $1 million International, according to trainer Richard Westerink. ... Pocono Downs will once again host the Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace for grey and roan horses on Halloween night October 31. Call Jennifer Starr at 570-831-2195 for entry information. ... More than 100 Standardbreds passed through the auction ring at the Goshen Yearling Sale, genrating $1.5 million in sales, up 18 percent from the 2016 sale. ... Rosecroft Raceway will conduct a 26-day meet from Oct. 1-Dec. 23, with Saturday and Sunday evening post times of 6:40 p.m. ... McWicked (Brian Sears) topped $2 million in earnings with a powerful, winning rally in the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs last Saturday in 1:49.3.