Tom Cango in Racing Limelight
Tom Cango, half brother to the undefeated 2002 two-year-old colt trotter of the year Broadway Hall, is fast making a name for himself in his own right. So far Tom Cango is unbeaten in four lifetime starts and he looks set to enjoy a brilliant career.
The brilliant young colt recently won his elimination race on September 7 in 1:57.1, making him one of ten finalists in the William Wellwood Memorial at the Mohawk Racetrack, which will be held this Sunday. The purse for the race is C$514 100 and Cango will be facing some stiff competition if he is to keep his thus far perfect but short track record. For one thing he will be racing against Encore Encore, the son of Broadway Hall, and Federal Flex – both exemplary trotters. Federal Flex, son of Muscles of Yankee, is also unbeaten in four starts while Encore Encore has won five of his eight races.
According to trainer Jim Campbell who also trained Broadway Hall, Tom Cango is bigger and quite different from his half brother. Broadway Hall was a quiet horse who was content to spend his days quietly milling around on his own, but Tom Cango is an attention seeker who is always out to get any attention lavished on other horses. Campbell also said he has a great personality. As long as Tom Cango continues to win, being the center of attention shouldn’t be a problem for him. Just last month Tom Cango won a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes which was held at Mohegan Sun. That was his third win of the year. Both his third and fourth win was run in 1:57.1. It is also worth noting that he finished his Wellwood elimination round 1¼ lengths ahead of second place trotter Full Volume.
So far it seems that Tom Cango has done everything that’s been asked of him. He’s laid back on the track, a nice horse to handle and so far has outshone fellow competitors with amazing speed. However, despite predictions that Tom Cango might be following in his half-brother’s footsteps, Campbell noted that they would still be taking it one race at a time.