On closing night of Kawartha Downs’ 2015 season, fans were very impressed by the two-year-old trotter Derivative who not just won his race, he trotted away from his competition to get to the wire with a 20 length cushion.
The youngster is trained by Blair Burgess who also trained his sire, Amigo Hall, one of only two Ontario-sired horses to have won the Hambletonian. Blair was in the sulky when Derivative won at Kawartha but Anthony MacDonald has been at the lines for his trips at WEG over the past few weeks.
Derivative continues to make a few mistakes, causing him to go offstride, but when he stays flat like he did over Kawartha’s five-eighths mile track he’s a force to be reckoned with as he showed on November 26 when he toured Woodbine in 1:57.4, with more than 11 lengths on his rivals.
He jumps up a class, to a $17,000 conditioned event on Thursday night at the Toronto oval. MacDonald will be back in the bike when Derivative leaves from post two in the eighth race.
Derivative’s dam is a half-sister to $530,000 winner Kandor Hanover who raced successfully for John Burns on the WEG circuit and is the immediate family of millionaire Earl Of My Dreams.