Two-year-old filly Venerable is clearly the favorite for the $ 1million purse on Saturday


Typically, female racehorses don’t beat their male counterparts, but not always. Venerable could be one of the exceptions.

On Saturday night, this two-year-old second-hand filly will face the boys of the Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At stake is a $ 1 million purse and no one is betting against it.

Venerable arrives in the race undefeated in all seven lifetime appearances and has looked monstrous in both of his appearances on the Campbellville track. She simply played with her female counterparts and it was this ease that prompted her relationships to come face to face with the foals.

“There’s not much to say about her that no one can see on the circuit,” said her New Jersey-based trainer, Richard “Nifty” Norman. “But I can say that she hasn’t been tired in the race yet. I don’t think anybody else can say that.

This statement says a lot about Venerable’s prospects in this race. Norman is one of the most accomplished harness racing coaches. And he knows the fillies at the trot. He will be remembered for the $ 4.1 million winner Bee A Magician who went undefeated in 2013. And then there was Poof She’s Gone who cashed in $ 1.3 million in his career.

Norman selected Venerable as a yearling a year ago at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. It’s a true blue blood that sells for US $ 210,000 in a partnership involving Mel Hartman of Ottawa and his American friends David McDuffee, Paul Bordogna and Steve Arnold.

Most notable about Venerable is the way she seems to devour the track for pilot David Miller. And it has sensational speed. In early August at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, she unleashed a time of 1:52.

The only fly in the ointment is that it pulled the new post into the 10 horse field. This practically guarantees that Miller will launch the starting gate for the first leader to reach his position.

The biggest threat in the race is the King of the North colt who drew the coveted far post. This intern of Ray Schnittker will probably be the small favorite with only one loss in seven starts. Some observers thought something might have bothered the colt lately which made it difficult for him to drive, but with two weeks since his last appearance one should expect him to be at the top of his game.

Duly Resolved of Matt and John Bax’s Campbellville team is the big local prospect for post eight. But, in his last two appearances, he turned out weak in the end losing both when it looked like he would be the winner. Neither were embarrassing, but perhaps signs that the pace of the season may be wearing him out.

It all promises to be a great battle for the biggest prize in the game for these beginner trotting horses.

Interestingly, when it comes to trotters, there have been a number of instances where a female can upset males, but that doesn’t happen with pacing horses. No one has been able to offer a plausible explanation as to why, but it does happen. Venerable relationships believe they have a very real chance of hitting the jackpot.

It’s a star map of the race, but a number of other notable races are totally overshadowed by the Mohawk Million. The $ 824,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old coaches is all but lost in the redesign, despite being the richest youth race for coaches in North America. The map is simply a treat for those who like to see the best the game has to offer in local competition.


Harold Howe has covered harness racing for five decades and has been a columnist for the Hamilton Spectator for 40 years.

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