10/01/2016 11:59PM

Mohawk: Streakavana, Machin A Trick golden at Mohawk

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Streakavana captured the first of two Ontario Sires Stakes contests Saturday night

On Saturday it was the 2-year-old pacing colts’ turn to shine through the fog, competing in a pair of $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack, and Streakavana landed his third Gold trophy in the first split.

Sent off as the favorite, Streakavana left smartly from post five and landed fourth on the rail as Big Bad Bill rolled out to a 26 2/5 opening quarter. Heading for the 55 2/5 half driver Sylvain Filion tipped Streakavana out behind Calvin K and followed that colt into the final turn before swinging out three-wide. A head in front by the 1:25 2/5 three-quarters, Streakavana accelerated down the stretch to a one length victory in 1:53 1/5. Mc Mach closed hard to be second, leaving mid-race pace-setter Southwind General to settle for third.

“He was good tonight, but he’s not as good as he was when he qualified,” said trainer Scott McEneny, referring to Streakavana’s 1:52 4/5 clocking in a Sept. 9 qualifier. “I thought when he qualified he was just a monster, and Sylvain thought that too, but he’s better than what he was and hopefully we can get him better for the Super Final.”

Streakavana made his debut in the July 7 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk, finishing second, and then won three straight at the Campbellville, Ontario, oval, capturing two Gold events (July 16 and Aug. 11) and one overnight event (Aug. 5). After his impressive qualifier, the son of Big Jim and Stonebridge Madona made the trip to Grand River Raceway for the Sept. 19 Gold event and finished a disappointing fifth. McEneny says a number of factors played into the gelding’s first off the board result, starting with a tough trip to the Elora oval.

“It was just weird the way he trucked over. I had to stop the trailer three or four times, and he was just all wound up,” recalled McEneny, who conditions the gelding for Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson. “He’s just a little bit of a nervous horse, and I think he just got too wound up that day.”

Streakavana’s caretaker Stacey Currie ensured the gelding arrived at Mohawk in a calmer frame of mind on Saturday, riding in the trailer with her nervous charge.

“He rode over good; he came off the trailer good,” said McEneny, who is stabled at Classy Lane Training Centre. “Stacey’s been a big help for me this year. She can do everything, she’s not afraid to work, and she loves her horses.”

McEneny and Currie will spend the next two weeks ensuring Streakavana is in peak form for the Oct. 15 Super Final — the gelding leads the division with 155 points — and then start looking forward to his sophomore campaign.

“That’s all he was paid in was the Sires Stakes, so he’ll only have seven or eight starts,” said McEneny. “I think we’ll pay him up in a little more next year, because I think he’ll get to be a better horse next year.  He’s got a big motor in him. Like that day he qualified, he was in with 3-year-olds, and he went by them with the plugs in and a bow in his neck, so I think he’s got a big motor in him for next year, hopefully.”

In the second division Mohawk fans sent Classic Pro off as the favorite, but it was second choice Machin A Trick who sprinted down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:53 2/5.

Starting from post seven, Machin A Trick got away at the back of the field of eight, 13 lengths behind early leader Bet On Brett at the 26 3/5 quarter, and was still eighth when Happy Trio reached the half in 55 3/5. Moving up the outer lane, driver James MacDonald had moved Machin A Trick into sixth by the 1:25 1/5 three-quarters and sent him out three-wide. The son of Mach Three and Tricky kicked home in 27 1/5 to claim the victory, leaving Bet On Brett and Classic Pro to settle for second and third.

“I didn’t want to be too far out of it, but sometimes you can’t really help what you’re dealt with, so when the trip worked out like it did I moved him and he was gone,” said MacDonald from the winner’s circle. “When you come off a helmet he’s going; he’s gonna go by whoever he’s following.”

MacDonald engineered Machin A Trick’s first Gold Series win for trainer Jeff Gillis and his partners Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. The victory, added to one second, one third and one sixth in his first three Gold outings, gives Machin A Trick 90 points and puts him sixth in the division standings. While Saturday’s win was Machin A Trick’s first in Gold competition, he has posted two wins in overnight action, both coming at Mohawk.

Machin A Trick, Streakavana and the other colts among the top 10 point earners will return to the Campbellville oval for the season ending Super Final on Oct. 15.

--press release (Ontario Sires Stakes)--