09/18/2017 10:56PM

Mohawk: Alarm Detector dominates foes in William Wellwood Memorial

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Alarm Detector lowered Father Patrick's record north of the border tonight

Alarm Detector backed up his impressive elimination win with a Canadian record 1:52 4/5 triumph in the C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial final for rookie trotting colts on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

Lawmaker (Anthony MacDonald) was away well from post eight and had the early lead, but Alarm Detector (Trevor Henry), the 3-5 favorite, came with a rush on his outside and grabbed control right at the 27 3/5 opening quarter.

Everybody was content with the position and the tempo in the backstretch, and Alarm Detector would go on to click off the half in 55 4/5.  Maxus (Tim Tetrick) got moving first-over out of fourth at that time, giving cover to second choice You Know You Do (Yannick Gingras), but Alarm Detector had no intention of letting them get close as he rattled off a third quarter in 28 seconds to hit three-quarters in 1:23 4/5, opening up over three lengths on the lead in the process.

In the stretch Alarm Detector continued to pour it on, stretching out the gap to 5 1/2 lengths with an eighth of a mile to go and hitting the finish line 5 1/4 lengths ahead of You Know You Do at the finish line.  Maxus wound up third, with Lawmaker fourth and Bautista (Mark MacDonald), who drew in off the also-eligible list after a pair of scratches, fifth.

Victorious trainer Ben Baillargeon was obviously happy to get the victory, but explained that Alarm Detector's behavior was not where he wanted it to be.

"I was a little nervous with a half in 55 and three-quarters in 1:23," he admitted.  "He hasn't been that speed, and he was a little game when he got to the front.  We're going to have to work a few things around him right now, but his next race isn't until the Breeders Crown.  He needs to relax a little more.

"We're going to freshen him up.  We're going to teach him with pulled plugs and maybe open him up.  He was a little too rammy tonight, and that bothers me.  He was rammy when I warmed him up tonight.  He's a little fighter, but we don't need to fight, we need to relax."

The victorious Chapter Seven colt is trained by Baillargeon for owners Tom Rankin, Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel, and Santo Vena.  Alarm Detector has six victories and a second-place finish from seven trips behind the gate, and he has now banked C$276,870.  Bred by Order By Stable, Alarm Detector was a $110,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase and is out of the Yankee Glide mare Final Countdown, a full sister to Ken Warkentin ($902,355) and Holiday Road ($426,200).  Alarm Detector returned $3.40 to win.

"It's unbelievable, and to think it's in the William Wellwood," said Tom Rankin.  "I know Bill Wellwood was one of the giants of the industry, and it's such an honor to win in his memory.  To be honest with you, I was down in Harrisburg for the Monday and the Tuesday, and I left on the Wednesday and never even saw this horse.  Ben called me and said, 'would you like to go in on this horse?'  I was driving in Buffalo, stopped the car, opened the book and said, 'yeah I want to be in, give me at least 50 percent!'  Ben, I have to give him the credit for picking the horse out."