DUBBED the ‘Wonder from Down Under’, pacing sensation Lazarus has drawn to add the Canadian Derby to his every impressive tally.
Winner of the famed Dan Patch during his northern hemisphere debut three weeks ago, Lazarus has drawn two lead throughout from barrier two in the $600,000 feature.
The Derby is scheduled to be conducted at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday.
Purchased by US-based Taylor Made Stallions last May, Lazarus made a scintillating American debut at Hoosier Park on August 11 when he proved too fast and strong for his rivals.
Despite being first-up since February 24, Lazarus overcame barrier nine – outside of the front row – to score in 1:48.8.
Lazarus was supplemented into the Dan Patch after his connections elected to pay a $25,000 late fee.
In what proved to be a shrewd move, the son of Bettors Delight earned $150,000.
A $40,000 supplementary fee was also required to have the stallion in the Derby.
Lazarus’ Derby rivals include Split The House and Mcwicked, which filled the placings in the Dan Patch.
The pair are drawn to stalk Lazarus from the outset, with Split The House to begin from the pole and Mcwicked to come from gate three.
Although racing below his best, Sintra is back to defend his title, with his defence dealt a blow from barrier eight.
Leading local Dr J Hanover – which become the country’s fastest pacer when he stopped the clock in 1:46.4 last June – will start from nine.
Canadian Pacing Derby:
Split The House
All Bets Off
Dr J Hanover