Lightly raced MONGOLIAN WIND (Mucho Macho Man – Heckuva Good Time by Afternoon Deelite) made a bold move on the last turn and held off a charging Mr. Unusual to upset the 72nd Manitoba Derby on Monday at 7 to 1. Making just his third start of his career for owners Andy Stronach and Mongolian Stable, the 3-year-old won by a head under jockey Wilmer Galviz in a time of 1:54.00 for 1 1/8 miles. Wade Eno is the trainer and Lorne Fraser was the assistant trainer for Manitoba Derby night. The race was worth $60,000.
Mr. Unusual, a maiden owned by Henry Witt as 2 lengths clear of race favourite Something Natural, trained by Robertino Diodoro.
Mongolian Stable is the racing operation of Mongolian Ganbaatar Dagvadorj. Dagvadorj has owned Thoroughbred racehorses since 2010 and has several broodmares on Kentucky farms. He has won a Breeders’ Cup race with Mongolian Saturday.
Mongolian Wind began his career in late June at Santa Anita, finishing seventh in a $20,000 maiden claiming race. He won his maiden next out at 40 to 1 for $40,000 claiming at Los Alamitos on June 28.
The winner’s dam, Heckuva Good Time, is a stakes winner of 5 races of $237,000 winning the Open Mind Stakes at 6 furlongs at Monmouth Park in 2008.
She was purchased by Mongolian Stable in foal to Harlan’s Holiday for $40,000 in 2012 at the Keeneland November sale. Mongolian Wind has had 6 foals to race, all winners.
Monday’s racing at Assiniboia Downs also featured a mandatory payout of its Pick 5 wager which had a $300,000 carryover. Betting was brisk on the 8-race card, totaling over $2.1 million. The Pick 5 paid $16,000 to the owners of winning tickets.