Colts & Fillies Fire at Three Tracks June 26, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 10:16 PM
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Saturday, June 26 was fluent with square-steppers racing down the Hambletonian Trail at Mohawk, The Meadows and Yonkers.

In Canada, the $387,000 Goodtimes Trot Final included a sextet of hopefuls and the $557,000 Elegant Image Final put a quintet of "Oaks"-eligibles into action.

The Meadows featured some of the top Hambo-eligibles in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) battling in three lucrative splits ($85,000-plus), while evening at Yonkers set up Oaks-promising fillies in divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS).

The feature event, the Goodtimes, was won by Sing Jesse Sing, an elim winner but not a hopeful. In second was eligible Priority Photo, who closed quickly from far back but couldn’t catch "Jesse."

The other hopefuls included the 8-5 favorite Text Me. "Text" raced first over to take but was caught and finished fourth. Look Closer gapped cover and showed no rally. Adrion Dream sat the pocket and trotted backwards. The other two, Jetblue Volo and Southwind Wrangler, broke.

The feature for the fillies, the Elegant Image, held many "Oaks"-hopefuls, including the winner, Ultimate Cameron. "Cameron" went wire to wire with no majore challenges.

The other hopefuls featured the favorite at 6-5, Poof She’s Gone. "Poof" was not hurried around the first turn, then was first over until catching cover, going second over at the half and three-quarters. She closed slowly and held third.

In fourth was Bar Slide, followed by Bramalea Hanover, who sat behind Poof for the first three quarters and finished worse. The other, Bone A Fide, went on the run making a move.

At The Meadows earlier, three $85,000-plus splits of the PASS highlighted magnificent victories by top eligibles.

The first mile was won by Cassis, who defeated Pilgrims Chuckie after that hopeful defeated him at Pocono Downs recently. The trifecta was completed by another in search of a Hambo berth, Mystery Photo. Baximum was fifth and Premier Hanover broke to be out of it.

Pilgrims Taj struck again, winning another split since returning at three. He was the dead-on favorite, beating On The Tab, also on the "trail." Ace Hanover was fourth and Can’t Lose found another way to lose, finishing sixth.

The last of the triptych had four hopefuls and one of them won, only to be disqualified. Hard Livin was placed second by the judges who said that the colt interfered with Red Light (placed first) when he was pulled to go after the leader at that point, Texas Ridge, who finished third. The other hopefuls, Keystone Bernard and Matthew Hanover finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

Yonkers hosted six divisions for the gals with two of them void of Oaks eligibles.

In the first Southwind Samurai was an easy winner as the 1-2 choce. Opaline finished fourth.

In the third split, the two eligibles, Viva Las Lindy and Impressive Kemp, the latter involved in traffic early and breaking, finished third and fifth, respectively.

The penultimate split presented the remaining trio of Oaks-fancying fillies. Nothing But Moni upset at 10-1, while Munis Blue Chip finished second and Sweetspellosuccess got third.

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