On Monday night at Harrington Raceway, we have seen the crowning of a new star in the FFA pacing ranks in Won The West. Despite being parked out first over the entire last half of the mile, Won The West was able to get past Foiled Again in the final strides for the victory in the $322,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:52.4 beating Foiled Again and Mister Big.
As you may recall, this is not Won The West's first big win this year. Earlier this season, he won the Winbak Pace at Delaware (defeating Mr Big) , the Breeders Crown Aged Open Pace at The Meadowlands (beating Mr Big, Shadow Play, Art Official and Shark Gesture) as well as capturing an elimination for the Canadian Pacing Derby. While WTW has always been a solid race horse, this five year old has really blossomed this year and will be a serious player in this division for a long time to come.
Congratulations to Mister Big who became harness racing's second $4 million dollar horse with his third place finish in the Quillen. Mister Big's racing career is coming quickly to an end so he may join the stallion ranks in Ontario. Hopefully, he will have a successful stallion career with breeders looking to bred to a stallion who shows the ability to race a long career, grinding out victories. As a tribute to Mister Big, we bring you one of his victories this year, the Allerage Pace at The Red Mile.