More Fillies Fire at Mohawk June 11, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 10:10 PM
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Three $75,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze at Mohawk on June 11 brought together a baker’s dozen of "Oaks" eligibles. Though they raced for big cash here, the "Breeze" was a prep for next week’s Elegant Image contests. 
                         Poof Shes Gone
                                             Poof She's Gone
The first division held an almost shocker, as five out a nine trotters were Oaks-eligibles. The winner, Poof Shes Gone, almost lost at the wire when Tequila Slammer challenged her around the second turn. This was a good opportunity for Fortunes Dream, as she sat behind "Poof" and "Tequila."

"Dream" got to work at the top of the stretch when Tequila was finished after the late challenge. Dream couldn’t get to the wire in time, leaving Poof to win at 1-2. Dream was second, Tequila was third and fourth was Special Appeal, all of which are Oaks-eligibles.

The second "Breeze" held six Oaks-eligibles with four others. The winner was Ultimate Cameron. She set the stakes record at 1:53.4. The favorite, Bramalea Hanover, who set the early fractions, was challenged at the second turn by Bone A Fide. "Cameron" sat in the pocket behind them, made a move but was challenged. Cameron was able to get through two horses in the last steps at 11-1.

Two non-eligibles, Emilylou Who and Highland Strikes, were second and third, respectively. Bramalea held on for fourth.

Only a pair of femmes hopeful for an Oaks spot was included in the third split. With a giant favorite, Jesses Messenger, at 1-2. What might have happened had the public choice not broke is up for discussion since Action Broadway (9-2) raced a spectacular mile in a fiery 1:52.4. That is the fastest 3-year-old filly trotter win of all time in Canada.

Of the two hopefuls, Ruffles was third, racing very well at 45-1, while Celebrity Madonna broke at the start and never recovered.


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