Venerate overtook filly Donna Soprano in the deep stretch to capture the inaugural $1.32 million Mohawk Million on Saturday night.
Australian Andrew McCarthy took Venerate, the 2/1 second choice, past Donna Soprano, the 3/5 favourite driven by Bob McClure of Rockwood, Ont., en route to a winning time of 1:53.2 on a fast track at Mohawk Woodbine Park.
The win in Canada's richest harness event was Venerate's fourth in seven attempts.
Donna Soprano was second in the race for two-year-old trotters after registering five straight wins.
On A Streak, at 9/1, was third in the 10-horse field.
Earlier, Doug McNair of Guelph, Ont., took Exploit, a 35/1 longshot, to a stirring victory in the $720,000 Metro Pace in 1:50.4.
Bayfield Beach, at 7/1 odds for driver Yannick Gingras, of Sorel, Que., was second ahead of No Better Joy (7/1) and driver James Mcdonald of Guelph, Ont.
Gingras took the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady with 4/5 favourite Caviart Audrey despite being second to McCarthy and Scarlett Hanover in a dramatic finish in the race for two-year-old pacers.
Scarlett Hanover, the 5/2 second choice, was relegated to last for interference following a steward's inquiry.
That elevated Caviart Audrey to first, followed by Notorious Pink (3/1) and Paulas Bet Hanover (64/1).
The field was reduced to nine with Voelz Delight (sickness) a pre-race scratch.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 26, 2020.
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