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2010 Metro Pace day at Mohawk Racetrack

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Mystician wins the 2010 Metro Pace
Mystician wins the 2010 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack

Mystician wins the 2010 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
September 4, 2010

One of the most prestigious races for 2-year-old pacers is the $1 million Metro Pace, contested at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. Prodigal Seelster was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 10 off 4 straight wins including the Battle of Waterloo, a division of the Nassagaweya, and his elimination heat for the Metro Pace. In to challenge him included 2-1 second choice Big Jim, winner of the Dream Maker Stakes and the other Nassagaweya division before winning his elimination heat, and 5-2 third choice Great Vintage, winner of his elimination heat after winning the New York Sires Stake at Yonkers. Intermittent rains all evening rendered the track sloppy as the horses faced a stiff headwind in the stretch and temperatures around 50.

Driver Jody Jamieson sent 30-1 Mystician to the lead first time past the stands and he set an opening furlong in 12 4/5 and a quarter in 27 2/5 before giving up the lead to Prodigal Seelster down the backstretch through a half in 55 4/5. The favorite led the field into the stretch through 3/4 in 1:24 2/5 before tiring badly. Great Vintage, who was 4th early, came out wide to take a short lead in mid-stretch but Mystician came back late on the inside to win by 1 1/4 length over late-running 9-1 Feel Like A Fool in 1:53 4/5. It was another 1 1/4 length back to Great Vintage third, while favorite Prodigal Seelster finished ninth beaten 8 3/4 lengths.

Results chart from Mohawk

Also on the card:
She's A Great Lady Stakes won by Idyllic
Canadian Pacing Derby won by Won the West

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