A filly who started her career at Kawartha Downs last year won her first start as a three-year-old in a qualifier this morning at Mohawk. This was the first qualifying session of 2018 for the Campbellville oval.
Asa Ready To Glide, a three-year-old Yankee Glide daughter owned by breeders Ann and Odd Larsen along with Steve Organ, was driven by Ann’s husband Per Henriksen to the neck win in 2:00.1.
Asa Ready To Glide made her first lifetime start last August at KD where she finished a close second. It was the first of just five starts for the youngster who won her next two starts (at Rideau Carleton and then Mohawk). She then faced the absolute best of her division in the Bluegrass at Lexington where she finished third. Today’s effort was her first charted line since early October,
Asa Ready To Glide is the second foal from the partners’ talented trotter All Ready Hanover who won four of six starts as a three-year-old, and $62,459, before being injured in the Elegantimage in June of her sophomore season.
All Ready Hanover began her three-year-old season at KD, winning a qualifier by seven lengths and then an overnight by 23 lengths in 1:56.4. She earned her life mark of 1:53.4 in winning the Casual Breeze in her second last lifetime start.
Per also scored another win this morning with Labero, a now four-year-old son of Kadabra who earned his life record in a qualifier last year at KD. Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville owns the gelding whose dam is $929,000 winner Creamy Mimi making him a half-brother to $679,000 winner French Laundry.
Finishing third in that qualifier was Ken Kan Win, a regular last season at Kawartha Downs.
Windsun Revenge, co-owned by trainer Jeff Durham of Omemee and Robert Van Camp of Port Perry, won his qualifier by more than six lengths this morning. It was his second qualifier of the year having also won the first last week at Woodbine. The winner of $468,000 lifetime last started in last year’s prestigious Maple Leaf Trot. He is also eligible to this year’s Maple Leaf, the richest race for free for all trotters in Canada.
Also of note this morning is the return to the bike of Nick Boyd, one of KD’s top pilots over the past few seasons. He’d been out of the sulky for a few months to recover from a second shoulder surgery.