Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Jim Walker has owned some good harness horses over the years, and one of the best is the two-year-old trotting colt, Mass Production, who won his $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final this past Saturday night, at Mohawk Racetrack.
Walker, who co-owns the talented colt with trainer/driver Rick Zeron, Bruno Dipoce and Rene Allard, admitted after the race he was quite anxious, because a few of the other starters in the race had lost their footing and made breaks.
“There was some stuff going on that makes you wince, and you’re hoping that your horse can stay out of the trouble, or not have anybody run into him or make a break; all those things are possible with two-year-old trotters,” Walker noted.
He didn’t need to worry. His colt was sure footed throughout the mile and won impressively, with more than eight lengths on his closest rival. The time of 1:54.4 set an all time OSS record.
“It was great, we enjoyed it all year. He won three of the five Golds (the highest level race in the OSS) and this, there’s nothing more you could ask for in an Ontario Sired horse; it’s a great program,” Walker added.
A son of Muscle Mass, Mass Production won a total of five of nine starts this year for earnings of $285,000 in the season. Not bad for a $32,000 investment last year, when the colt was a yearling.
The horse’s trainer and driver, veteran Rick Zeron, said after the race, they realized before Mass Production made his first start this year, he was a special horse, and they brought him along carefully. “We’re looking forward for big things with him next year,” he said.