Major Athens made his first start for new trainer Jeff Gillis an impressive one this afternoon in a qualifier at Woodbine which he won by an easy 11 lengths in 1:57.2. Finishing second was last year’s Bucket winner Blenheim with trainer Per Henriksen aboard.
Jody Jamieson drove the winner, a seven-year-old son of Andover Hall who has $653,525 earned to date in his career. Owned by Howard Taylor of Pa., the horse last raced in mid October at Yonkers. This was his first start in Ontario since his two-year-old season when he competed in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine.
Sun Daze, the final foal from a sister to the great Peaceful Way, won his qualifier with Trevor Henry at the controls. He had a six length cushion of Shestherealthing when the wire tripped in 2:00.2 despite miscuing at the start.
Frank Baker trains the Angus Hall three-year-old he co-owns with Tim Varey of London, Ontario. The colt made just one start last year at two.
The second qualifier of the day saw Carmens Fluke make her Ontario debut and first three-year-old start and outing for new trainer Paul Cameron. The three-year-old daughter of Conway Hall gave Jamieson a 2:02.1 ride to win by more than five lengths.
Other winners this afternoon included:
Heather Loves NY (f, 3, Big Jim) 1:59.1
Prescotts Hope (g, 7, No Pan Intended) 1:55.3
Aintsheasweetie (m, 5, Mach Three) 1:58.4