Prestidigitator, one of the top two-year-old trotting colts in Ontario last season, is expected to qualify in the coming weeks for trainer Dustin Jones.
A winner of $320,672 last season Prestidigitator boasts a record of 4-2-1 from 11 starts for owner Ecurie Synergie.
Prestidigitator winning last year's Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for rookie trotting colts at Woodbine. (New Image Media)
Last Friday Prestidigitator trained a mile in 2:05 at Mohawk with regular pilot Sylvain Filion in the bike.
“Sylvain really liked him,” Jones said. “That’s the first time he sat behind him since the Super Final and he said everything was A-okay.”
Bred by Mary Smith and Richard Uhle of Michigan, Prestidigitator sold for $120,000 at the 2010 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The son of Kadabra - Shes A Priority found his best stride late in the season with a third-place effort in his Breeders Crown elimination, followed up with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders Crown final after being parked the entire mile.
He capped off his rookie campaign with an eight and a quarter length victory in the OSS Super Final, where he recorded his 1:56.3 lifetime best.
The colt has been paid into Grand Circuit events such as the Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, Breeders Crown, Goodtimes Trot and Yonkers Trot, in addition to the OSS.
Jones also said that Prestidigitator might not be ready for his first major test of the season, the $350,000 Goodtimes Trot, slated for June 16 at Mohawk.
After Prestidigitator’s training mile last Friday, WEG’s communications department spoke with Jones. To view the interview, click below.
WEG Interview - Dustin Jones