09/23/2017 11:34PM

Mohawk: Lost In Time gets revenge for A Rocknroll Dance, Mulinix in Metro

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Lost In Time has advanced from maiden winner at the Ohio Fairs to Metro champion in less than a month

After finishing second in the 2011 Metro Pace final with A Rocknroll Dance, trainer Jim Mulinix brought his son Lost In Time into this year's C$816,000 final Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack and was victorious in 1:50 1/5.

Hayden Hanover (Yannick Gingras) charged away from the gate from the far outside post ten, and he would hit the opening quarter in 27 1/5 with Lost In Time (Scott Zeron), who was second in last week's fastest elimination despite being parked first-over most of the mile, settling into the second position.

Lost In Time would pop out of the two-hole to briefly take the lead in the backstretch, but elimination winner Stay Hungry was hot on his heels, and Stay Hungry reached the point before the 55 second half-mile marker.  St Lads Neptune (Jody Jamieson) took up the chase first-over out of fourth at the half, with elimination winners Twin B Tuffenuff (Brett Miller) and Pedro Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) picking up the cover.

Stay Hungry remained clear at the 1:22 4/5 three-quarters and brought the field into the stretch, but Zeron angled Lost In Time back to the outside, and he took the lead just past the eighth pole.  Hayden Hanover also got out from the three-hole and charged at Lost In Time late, but he held sway, scoring a three-quarter length victory.  Pedro Hanover, the public choice, wound up third, with Twin B Tuffenuff and Stay Hungry back in fourth and fifth, respectively.

It was an emotional win for Mulinix, whose plan with Lost In Time couldn't have work out better.

"That makes up with Rock, and Rock, I didn't have the experience then," he recalled about his time campaigning A Rocknroll Dance.  "He gave me the experience to do it with his horse.  I threw a lot at this horse.  I could have went to the Kentucky Sire Stakes, but Rock was well-represented there, and I bought this horse just to show them that Rock could do it, and it worked out.  I really thankful and quite humbled by the whole thing.

"I'm old-fashioned.  I like to have them ready before I race them, and the younger guys they like to race them into shape, but it's awful hard to do that because they go so fast early.  When you've just got one, you can't afford to take a chance of hurting them.  I just took my time and let them beat each other up for awhile, and then we stepped in."

Mulinix also co-owns Lost In Time with partners Denny Miller and William Rufenacht.  A $47,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Lost In Time now has two wins and two second-place finishes from four lifetime starts, and he has earned C$425,875.  Bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC., Lost In Time is out of the Artiscape mare Summer Mystery, making him a half-brother to Vertical Horizon (Western Ideal, $856,063).  Sent off at 3-1, Lost In Time paid $8.20 to win.

As for Zeron, this was his second Metro title, joining his triumph with Artspeak, and he explained that he got the journey he was looking for.

"I knew heading into this week how great he was and if I got anywhere near the same effort that we were going to be in good shape," remarked Zeron.  "I didn't anticipate Yannick's horse leaving out of there, but you have to think some things like that are going to happen in these major races.  I wanted to control the pace, or at worst sit in the two-hole, and it kind of ended up that way anyway.  A two-hole trip worked out good.  I think we just had the best horse in the race today with the best trip."