CAMPBELLVILLE, ONTARIO — It's eight and counting for unbeaten Venerable.
American Dave Miller drove the talented filly to an eighth straight victory Saturday night, capturing the second running of the $1-mllion Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Miller took Venerable, the 4/5 favourite, to the lead shortly after the quarter-mile mark and she stayed there, although she had to fend off Duly Resolved to win in one minute 54.2 seconds.
Valentina Blu was third in the 10-horse field that included four fillies, three geldings and three colts.
Nine slots for the race were purchased at $100,000 apiece.
King Of The Victory secured the last slot by winning the $640,000 William Wellwood Memorial on Sept. 11 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Race rules gave the slot the option of keeping their spots for their own horses or selling, trading or leasing the positions.
Earlier, Scott Zeron of Oakville, Ont., drove 15/1 longshot Monte Miki to a stunning victory in the $824,000 Metro Pace final for two-year-old colts.
Zeron rallied the undefeated Monte Miki from the far outside down the stretch to catch Wearinmysixshooter and Australian Dexter Dunn for a fourth straight win in 1:52.2.
Wearinmysixshooter was second with Fourever Boy taking third.
Zeron captured his third career Metro Pace title despite Monte Miki starting from the second tier in the 12-horse field.
Monte Miki paid $33.70, $15.70 and $11.20 while Wearinmysixshooter paid $7.60 and $5.60.
Fourever Boy paid $8.80.
And Niki Hill remained unbeaten in winning the $500,500 She's A Great Lady final for two-year-old filly pacers.
Dunn drove Niki Hill to a fifth straight victory as the 1/9 favourite took the lead after a quarter-mile, lost it briefly to Prohibition Legal down the stretch but came on to secure the victory in 1:50.2
Prohibition Legal, driven by James Macdonald of Cornwall, P.E.I., suffered its first loss in seven races while Joyride Hannover took third.
Niki Hill paid $2.30, $2.10 and $2.10 while Prohibition Legal returned $3.50 and $2.30.
Joyride Hannover paid $2.40.
In all, the card featured more than $3 million in total purses.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 25, 2021
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