Moment Is Here was golden in final Gold leg for 2-year-old pacers

Dundas, ON — The Ontario Sires Stakes Gold season for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up Sunday night (Oct. 2) at Flamboro Downs with Moment Is Here earning his breakthrough victory at the top level of the provincial program in the lone $115,662 division.

A gelded son of All Bets Off, Moment Is Here came into the race with a record of 0-1-1 from three OSS starts and added a win to that tally thanks to a well-engineered pocket trip by Trevor Henry.

Seven sophomore pacers lined up when the gate rolled, with two of them intent on making the lead. Santana Hanover and Bob McClure battled early on with Sounds Good and Jody Jamieson. The result was Sounds Good parked outside through a :26.4 first quarter, while Henry and Moment Is Here settled in on the rail.

“Bobby’s horse, he’s kind of a funny horse,” said Henry. “He doesn’t really go until he’s challenged, and he couldn’t really let Jody go, so I got to the two hole, and it all worked out.”

The status quo remained unchanged through a :55.3 second panel, before Henry moved his horse down the backstretch. Santana Hanover was game against his pocket popping challenger and dueled on the lead with Moment Is Here until the pair exited the far turn and Henry’s horse charged home for the win.

“He raced tough that colt,” said Henry. “Mine was getting doubled up in the two hole, and since we weren’t going much at that point, and I thought mine was good enough to beat him, I figured I’d move him there and eventually he did get by him.”

The victory was the second overall of Moment Is Here’s freshman campaign, as he increased his career earnings to $142,460 with the win. He also solidified his spot in the C$225,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final on Oct. 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he will go up against freshman pacing star Stockade Seelster, and the rest of Ontario’s top 2-year-old male pacers.

“He’s just got to stay sound and healthy,” said Henry. “He’s every bit as good as the rest of them. If he gets the right trip, he will be right there.”

Robert McIntosh bred Moment Is Here out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. The Windsor, Ont. resident trains and co-owns the colt with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., Frank Baldachino, and Mardon Stables.

Santana Hanover held on for second place, good enough to move him inside the top 10 and secure his spot in the Super Final, after starting the night in 11th on the outside looking in. Rounding out the top three was Gregg McNair trained Whatchulookin At.

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