06/04/2016 11:42PM

Mohawk: Freaky Feet Pete, Musical Rhythm victorious in Graduate Series

New Image Media
Freaky Feet Pete made his first appearance in the Graduate Series a winning one

The penultimate preliminary round of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters was staged on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, and Freaky Feet Pete (pace) and Musical Rhythm (trot) went home with the wins.

Freaky Feet Pete headlined a seven-horse field for the Graduate Pace and lived up to the hype with a 1:49 1/5 victory.

Scott Zeron picked up the live catch-drive behind the Larry Rheinheimer trainee, made a quarter-pole move, and never looked back. After Rockin In Heaven posted a 26 second opening quarter, Freaky Feet Pete took the lead and rolled through the middle-half in 54 3/5 and 1:22 4/5. The son of Rockin Image finished the job with a 26 2/5 final quarter under minimal urging.  Rockin In Heaven finished a length and a quarter back in second, while Dudes The Man and Rock N Roll World finished third and fourth, respectively.

Freaky Feet Pete now has four wins in five starts this season to bring his career record to 28 wins in 32 outings. His most recent victory pushes his career earnings to C$1.3 million for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer.

Larry Rheinheimer noted prior to Saturday’s race that Freaky Feet Pete’s upcoming schedule is currently undecided. ‘Pete’ paid $2.20 to win.

A field of 11 four-year-old trotters squared off in the $98,250 Graduate Trot.

Returning to his home track after suffering his first loss of the season, Musical Rhythm called all the shots and scored a 1:52 3/5 victory for Mario and Ben Baillargeon.

The son of Cantab Hall trotted out quickly from post five to grab command. Top contender Crazy Wow made a break when parked around the first turn, which changed the complexion of the race.

Musical Rhythm was able to get a 29 3/5 second-quarter breather to lead the field by the half in 57 seconds. The soft quarter was the turning point, as the 2/1 favorite reached the three-quarter pole in 1:25 1/5 and sprinted home in 27 2/5 for the 2 1/2 length victory.  Crescent Fashion finished second, while Honor And Serve was third. Crazshana, who won the first leg of the Graduate, was a hard-closing fourth.

“Lucky enough the eight horse (Crazy Wow) made a break in the first turn, and we got a cheap second-quarter,” said Mario Baillargeon. “Good horses, that’s all they need…it takes a real good one to beat them, and I knew at the half he was going to be hard to beat.”

Musical Rhythm is undefeated this season on the WEG Circuit and now has 10 wins in 11 starts. He is owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon.  The son of Cantab Hall now has seasonal earnings of C$182,425 and is likely headed to Tioga Downs for his next start in the final preliminary leg of the Graduate.  Musical Rhythm paid $6.10 to win.

The final preliminary leg of the Graduate Series is scheduled for next Sunday (June 12) at Tioga. The finals of the series are set for July 9 at the Meadowlands.

--press release (Woodbine Entertainment Group)--