Good Times in ‘Goodtimes’ for Colts; Gals are ‘Elegant’ June 19, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 10:14 PM
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On June 18 and June 19 the colt-and-filly trotting-classics eligibles were rolling fast and furious in eliminations at Mohawk. The boys went in three splits to establish the final field for the Goodtimes Trot on Saturday and the gals opened the show on Friday with elims for the Elegant Image Final. Also on June 19, Buffalo hosted a few "Oaks"-eligibles in New York Sires Stakes divisions.

First, the three colt divisions, jammed with "Hambo"-hopefuls (HH).

In the first, three of nine were HHs. The winner was Jetblue Volo, a HH, at 9-2.

"Volo" came from the back, along with one of the other two HHs, Priority Photo. "Photo" was trotting fastest late, behind Volo, and got third in the final steps. The other eligible, Quantum Antonio, was impeded in late in the stretch; he finished eighth.
In the second division, five of nine were HHs. The winner was Text Me, a HH, who was the public’s second choice. "Text" was trotting in the pocket third up the rail while Victors Future, Call The Warden and Rock Hollywood (the favorite), all not HHs, were shuffling in the front. Text went around them all and won at 5-2; "Rock" ended up second and "Warden" was third.

In the nightcap, six of nine were HHs. The winner was Sing Jesse Sing, not a HH. "Sing" just about went wire-wire but catching him in the in the final steps was Southwind Wrangler, a HH; he got nosed by Sing at the wire for second. In third was Adrian Dream, also not a HH.

In filly elims the night before, episode one featured Poof She’s Gone at a remarkable 9-2 offering. "Poof" won easily from post 8, with no challengers once in front. Another Oaks-eligible, Bar Slide, could only get fourth money, while Perfect Chance showed little and was off the board.

The second of the pair marked the return of Ultimate Cameron, off of her win the week before. She was full of herself with the Oaks in her eyes as she burrowed home. Another Oaks-hopeful, Bramalea Hanover, was much better this week than last, finishing second. Bone A Fide, also eligible, took third. A disappointing performance was delivered by Tequila Slammer; she did not make the final. Celebrity Madonna jumped at the start and was eliminated.

At Buffalo on June 19, only three Oaks-aimed fillies showed for state-bred action and none were very productive. The biggest letdown was Munis Blue Chip, who was third in her division. Madam Hooch and My Winning Way K were off the board.

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