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Back Of The Neck Ahead Of The Pack In Maple Leaf Trot

Back Of The Neck pulled the 9-1 upset in another top-shelf edition of the $610,000 Maple Leaf Trot, stopping the clock in 1:51 on Saturday night (Sept. 3) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

Winless in three starts in 2022, Back Of The Neck came into the Maple Leaf Trot with far less fanfare than stablemate and fellow Ake Svanstedt trainee Ecurie D DK. By the time the mile was over, the five-year-old son of Ready Cash-Big Barb was the one grabbing all the headlines.

It was an early scrap for the lead in an all-star field with Fashion Frenzie eventually striking front, while Logan Park and Atlanta settled into third and fourth, respectively, around the first turn and through a first quarter in :26.4. Back Of The Neck, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, watched the proceedings from seventh.

Yannick Gingras, in rein to Atlanta, then hustled the multiple stakes-winning mare to the front, 1-1/2 lengths ahead of Fashion Frenzie, with Logan Park third and Back Of The Neck, still seventh, through a half timed in :55.1.

Atlanta soon found herself under siege as the field straightened for home. Ecurie D DK, the 6-5 choice, came calling, as did Forbidden Trade and a hard-charging Back Of The Neck, fifth at the stretch call, and rolling, picking off rivals with each stride.

Ecurie D DK emerged with the lead late, but the world-traveling trot titan, driven by Svanstedt, couldn’t fend off his stablemate.

At the line, Back Of The Neck was a 1-1/2-length winner, coming home in :26.4. Forbidden Trade was third and Fashion Frenzie fourth. Alrajah One IT, the morning-line choice and also under the tutelage of Svanstedt, was scratched after sustaining a suspensory injury leading up to the race.

“Well, this one was unexpected,” said Tetrick, who won his third (Market Share in 2013 and Guardian Angel AS in 2019 were the other) Maple Leaf Trot. “I got the phone call before the draw was announced. We got him worked out, we got a good post, and everything worked out. I followed Ake up and Ake led us right up there and the fractions were fair, and I came off Ake’s back and he did the rest. It was pretty easy.”

“I mean, I wanted the other one [Alrajah One IT] in the race, especially with the connections,” offered Svanstedt. “It’s sad. I wanted to watch the other horse, because I’m a fan of him, he’s amazing. But lucky for me, I got to win.”

Bred in Sweden by Order By Stable, who co-owns with Howard Taylor, Judith Taylor, and Svandstedt, Back Of The Neck is now 12-5-5 from 36 starts. He was originally a $150,000 purchase at the 2018 Harrisburg Sale.

He paid $20.40 for the win.


Jiggy Jog spurtade hem Hambletonian försök
Jiggy Jog (e. Walner-Hot Mess Hanover) flög fram sista biten för Dexter Dunn och besegrade Marcus Melanders duo Temporal Hanover (e. Walner) och Joviality (e. Chapter Seven) på 1.09,8/1.609 meter efter 1.05,6 (!) sista quartern sedan Dunn hittat fritt spurtutrymme sista 50 meterna.

– Vi hade tur som fick luckan. Jiggy Jog är så behändig att ha och göra med. I sista sväng var tempot väldigt lågt i täten och hon var riktigt laddad i det läget, men vi hade hästar runt om oss. När luckan kom exploderade hon. Jag vet att hon är snabb, men så fin som hon kändes ikväll har hon inte gjort tidigare, sade Dexter Dunn efter vinsten. Se resultat här

Rattle My Cag reign in Graduate Trot

Rattle My Cage scored his fourth-straight win the $250,000 Graduate Final for trotting 4-year-olds in 1:51.

Yannick Gingras took the reins for trainer Ake Svanstedt and sat cold as Rattle My Cage cruised toward the lead to a :27.3 first quarter with Take All Comers (Tim Tetrick) yielding for the pocket. Rattle My Cage paved the path to victory with no challenges, cutting the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.1 as he kept the rest of the field chasing him in progress to a 2-3/4-length victory.

Take All Comers gave pursuit from the pocket to hold second from a late-charging Ambassador Hanover (Scott Zeron), who ripped through traffic to nab stablemate Delayed Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) for third.

“I’ll take the easy one once in a while,” Gingras said about his trip in the race. “Going into the first turn, since the outside didn’t leave, I figured the inside [horses] would be more than content to follow me. He had plenty left in the stretch. I knew he has another big race next week so I didn’t want to do anything stupid.” Rattle My Cage, he said, “couldn’t be any better right now.”

Gingras drove the trotter at two and trained him before he qualified and guided him through baby races. “He had a world of ability,” he said. “He just wasn’t mature. He has that French breeding in him (Love You-Caress The Senses), and we all take our time to get to our best, the French.”

Rattle My Cage competes for owner Perry Soderberg and now has lifetime earnings of $282,029. He was sent the favorite, paying $3.40 to win.