09/17/2016 8:41PM

Mohawk: Seven And Seven adds Campbell, wins with authority

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Seven And Seven rolled to a dominant win in the William Wellwood Memorial

Hall of Famer John Campbell picked up a live drive behind Seven And Seven in the C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night at Mohawk, and he took advantage, guiding the colt to a victory and a new lifetime mark of 1:55 3/5.

After being handled by his trainer Tom Durand for his first six starts, including a win in last week's elimination, Campbell got the call for the final, and he would put Seven And Seven in third while International Moni (Scott Zeron) went to the front and hit the quarter in 28 seconds.  Signal Hill (Randy Waples) pressed on from the outside at that mark, and he would clear International Moni for the point and go on to reach the half in 57 1/5.

Campbell committed Seven And Seven to the outside on the final turn, and International Moni popped out of the pocket in front of him.  International Moni would advance on the turn, and he was side-by-side with Signal Hill at the 1:25 1/5 three-quarters.

In the stretch Campbell fanned Seven And Seven wide, and he would trot past the leaders on his way to a victory by about three lengths.  Jake (Sylvain Filion) split horses to collect second, and International Moni wound up third.  King On The Hill (Tim Tetrick) and Real Lucky Day (Yves Filion) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

"That was a great surprise when I saw the late changes and I was down on him," said Campbell.  "I had followed him, knew what he was capable of, and how well he'd raced for Tom all along.  I thought he was coming into the race very good.

"He's just perfect to drive.  Anybody could drive him, he's just like a pro.  He got out of the gate good, was laying third, and no pressure came from behind until later on.  When I did move him, the horse in the two-hole came out in front of him, and he had cover right into the stretch.  From there, he just did all his work."

Seven And Seven, from the first crop of Blue Chip Farms stallion Chapter Seven, is owned by Durand, breeder June Durand, and Allan Smith.  Seven And Seven, who has won four times from seven starts and earned C$226,768, is the first foal out of the Kadabra mare Ally Oop, who Durand also trained through her career.  Sent off at 5-2, Seven And Seven paid $7.30 to win.

"I just had a few things to iron out," explained Durand.  "He was a little fussy behind the gate, and I got that smoothed out.  I said it was time to turn the lines over to the most experienced driver in the world."