In the first elimination, only two and
three-quarter lengths separated the entire seven
horse field at the wire, but it was the odds-on
favourite, Daylon Magician who crossed the line
Daylon Magician, fresh off equaling the
world record for three-year-old trotters at
Flamboro Downs, earned his eighth win this
season for trainer/owner David Lemon as he
stopped the clock in 1:53.3.
VC Chocoholic (Brian Sears) was the quickest
off the gate from post seven and established
command past the first quarter in :27.2.
Luckycharm Hanover (Dave Miller) was in the
pocket with this year's Hambletonian winner,
Broad Bahn (George Brennan) in third.
The field would remain the same past the
mid-way point in :57.
Broad Bahn began the first over attack around
the final turn with Daylon Magician tracking
him. Blue Porsche (Jody Jamieson) was also well
positioned third over with Whatever It Takes
(Andy Miller) saving ground in sixth.
As VC Chocoholic passed three-quarters in
1:25 the entire backfield was closing in.
In deep stretch, the tempo-setter began to
tire as Daylon Magician was able to score the
victory by a neck over Broad Bahn with 70-1
longshot, Sim Brown finishing third, beaten just
a half length. Also advancing to the rich final
is Whatever It Takes who finished fourth and the
fifth place finisher, Blue Porsche.
"He's just a nice horse, he can race with
anybody. If he gets the right trip he could get
beat or he could beat them," Moiseyev said
following the victory.
Turning for home, Moiseyev believed he was in
a perfect spot to find the winner's circle.
"I was well-positioned, second over at the
head of the stretch," he said. "There was a
bunch of good horses scattered across the track,
but I thought my horse would finish a little
better, but he did have three-weeks off.
"He needed the time off and I agree with why
Dave (trainer David Lemon) did that, because he
had some tough racing and he's got a lot more to
Daylon Magician, a son of
now boasts career earnings of $550,777. He has
selected post two for the final.
In the second elimination, Dave Miller guided
Manofmanymissions to a 1:54 score.
The son of
Yankee Glide was in no hurry in
the beginning as Whiskey Tax (Randy Waples)
quickly established command and led by the
opening panel in :27.3. Highland Thunder (Chris
Christoforou) was sitting second with Chapter
Seven (Mike Lachance) in third.
Manofmanymissions couldn't find a seat along
the rail so Dave Miller sent the 1-2 favourite
to the front from the backfield and passed the
half in :57.
Chapter Seven began the first-over attack
from fourth as Manofmanymissions marched past
three-quarters in 1:25.2.
In deep stretch, the battle was for second as
Manofmanymissions was ona comfortable hand drive
to win by one and three quarter lengths.
Dejarmbro (Brian Sears) exploded from the
backfield to finish second over Whiskey Tax.
Imperial Count (Scott Zeron) and Chapter Seven
finished fourth and fifth, respectively to
advance to the final.
Fresh off winning the $500,000 Colonial Trot,
Miller assured that race set Manofmanymissions
up well for this event.
"He raced very well that day at Chester,"
Miller said. "He came first-over and put away
Broad Bahn and Pastor Stephen and he just raced
After being unable to find a hole in the
early going, Miller had no choice but to brush
his charge to command.
"I tried to float him off the gate and try
and get a seat, but that didn't work out," he
said. "When everything settled, I put him on the
lead and he had no issues getting there. My
horse is very game and very willing; he just
wants to do it."
Manofmanymissions, a six time winner from
eight starts this year, lifted his lifetime
earnings to $924,900 for trainer Erv Miller and
owners Manofmanymissions Stable, Mystical Marker
Farms LLC and BiasuzziStable.
He paid $4.80 for the win.