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2008 Canadian Pacing Derby

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Mister Big wins the 2008 Canadian Pacing Derby
Mister Big wins the 2008 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack

Mister Big wins the 2008 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack

© Terence Dulay
August 16, 2008

The $702,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack is one of the richest races in North America for older pacers. A field of nine lined up behind the starter in this standard 1 mile trip around 2 turns of the 7/8 mile track in Campbellville. U.S. Pacing Championship winner Mister Big was sent off as the even-money favorite, coming into the race off a four race winning streak which also includes the Haughton Pace. In to challenge the Virgil Morgan Jr. trainee included Classic Pace winner Artistic Fella at 6-5, second to Mister Big in the U.S. Pacing Championship last time out, and 11-1 third choice Western Shore, winner of the only elimination heat for this race.

Western Shore was off quickly and led the field after the first quarter mile of 27 seconds, with Won The West and Eagle Luck up close to the front. Down the backstretch, Artistic Fella, who took the turn wide, took over the lead at the half in 54 1/5, while favorite Mister Big sat back in fifth staying wide and out of trouble throughout. Turning for home, Won The West moved up to a 3/4 length advantage, getting the 3/4 mile in 1:21 4/5 as Artistic Fella began to tire. However, Mister Big closed with a rush on the outside to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:50 over the fast track. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Western Shore third. However, Won The West was disqualified from second to fourth for going inside two consecutive pylons, moving Western Shore to second and fourth place finisher Eagle Luck to third.
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