09/17/2016 10:34PM

Mohawk: Bar Hopping charges by Marion Marauder in Canadian Trotting Classic

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Bar Hopping stepped out of the shadows of Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank in the CTC

Bar Hopping is no longer a bridesmaid in major trotting races, converting on a second-over trip to capture the C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final at Mohawk on Saturday night. Sent off at 4-1, the son of Muscle Hill scored in 1:53 1/5 for driver Tim Tetrick.

The Canadian Trotting Classic saw a host of leavers, with Marion Marauder, the 3-5 choice, leaving between horses but settling in fourth as Tony Soprano, Dia Monde and Bee In Charge all charged from the gate looking for position. By the quarter Bee In Charge had taken control in 27 2/5, but soon thereafter Scott Zeron, behind Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder, made an aggressive move to take over at the 55 4/5 opening half.  Southwind Frank and Yannick Gingras were not involved in the early activity but got in motion at the half and worked towards the leader methodically through the 1:24 2/5 three quarters, with Marion Marauder still appearing in solid control of the issue.

Bar Hopping was following Southwind Frank, and he vaulted off that cover in early stretch and hit high gear for Tetrick. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt flew through the stretch and overpowered Marion Marauder, who on this night just didn't have the fight in him in the crucial stages. Bee In Charge held credibly for the show spot, with Winter Harbor and Southwind Frank finishing fourth and fifth.

It was just the fifth win on the season for Bar Hopping, who will head to Lexington for his next races.

"I was looking for a good horse to follow," said Tetrick. "Southwind Frank gave me the cover, and he (Bar Hopping) took me home."

"I was due to win a big race with him," said Takter, who lamented the bad luck Bar Hopping has encountered this year not just losing the big races but drawing poorly as well.

Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld own Bar Hopping.