Determination sweeps round two of rookie trotsAugust 15, 2019,
Milton, ON — The team of driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Serge Godin’s Determination continued their success with a sweep of Thursday’s (Aug. 15) Define The World and Pure Ivory second-leg divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The 2-year-old trotting series each featured a single C$15,000 division. The events took a week hiatus following their first legs on Aug. 1.
Royalty For Life colt Threefiftytwo took a break from Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action to defeat eight colts and geldings in the Define The World.
Driven by McClure, Threefiftytwo was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:56.1 (:28.3 final quarter) to lower his career mark by two-fifths of a second. The victory was nearly spoiled, as the rookie was inside a pair of pylons in the first turn, but was not disqualified because no rivals were within a length at the finish line.
Jula Uppercut finished 2-3/4 lengths back in second, while Sebastian Ray was third.
Threefiftytwo was making his third start for owner Determination and trainer Blais following a private purchase. He now holds a record of two wins in four starts.
Round one winner Horse Trader did not compete in the second leg.
Threefiftytwo returned $6.90 to win.
Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues will have an opportunity to sweep the Pure Ivory following a 1:57 victory over eight rivals on Thursday.
The Blais trainee and driver McClure powered out to the top and were on even terms with outside rival Panem at the opening quarter of :28.3. The parked rival cleared and would show the way through middle-half fractions of :59 and 1:29.
After following in the two-hole, McClure was able to find room to angle Whose Blues to the far outside for clear racetrack in the final eighth and the Blais trainee stormed by rivals powerfully to win by 1-1/4 lengths over Panem.
Alyvia Deo finished third, while SVF Blushingbride was fourth.
A $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Whose Blues is now undefeated in three starts for owner Determination. She paid $2.70 to win.
The C$50,000 finals of the Define The World and Pure Ivory Series will take place next Thursday (Aug. 22).
Live racing continues Friday evening (Aug. 16) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.