‘Miller’ filly splits to Team Johnson

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Saturday, July 17, 2010 5:05 PM
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The Hambletonian Oaks picture altered slightly on July 16 at the Meadowlands with two Delvin Miller Stakes divisions, mostly filled with eligibles, dominated by Jan Johnson-trained gals. As well, at Mohawk a major upset added to the new mix.


In the first “Miller” split, worth $146,250, Springtime Volo (7-1) beat undefeated Ultimate Cameron (3-5), vaulting trainer Johnson’s filly into a better position in the first string of eligibles.


“Volo” got a spot in second while “Cameron” had the front. In The Mean Time (10-1) challenged the leader for the top but Cameron re-took command and “Mean” never came back. Volo was second over around the turn and three wide down the stretch where she overcame Cameron, as did Bone A Fide, who woke up at the Meadowlands last week and rocked the field late again this time.


In the second $146,250 split, Glide Power (2-1) gave Johnson (and driver George Brennan) two Miller-division scores. She went wire to wire with little challenge.


The only threat was Crown Laurel (15-1), who attacked first over but couldn’t get the steam late to win. “Laurel” held well for third, beating Fashion Feline (fourth), who was coming off a sterling mile last week. Behindclosedoors got up for second.


Munis Blue Chip, who left from the 8 hole, finished fourth, closing strongly late after sitting in the back early. She never got started until the second turn and was all out down the stretch.


Bramalea Hanover, once again, was disappointing, leaving the near future uncertain as to where she stands in the big filly picture for Aug. 7.


At Mohawk, No Magic To It and Wilsonator were second and third, respectively, in a Canadian Breeders Classic (CBC) elimination. The former went off at 9-1 and the latter was 14-1 as the eligibles lost to the prohibitive favorite.


The big upset in the second CBC elim was due to Poof She’s Gone making a bad break at the start of the mile. As the odds-on choice, “Poof” busted, gave up (as charted) 28 lengths, then settled into gait and made up 20 lengths to finish fourth. Poof was the only eligible in the field.


In a related story, Hambo-eligibles Hard Livin, Whata Winner, Classic Puzzle and Homerun Hitter, none of which is in the Stanley Dancer groups July 17, raced against older trotters in a conditioned trot worth $15,000.


Hard Livin showed once again that he is a colt to contend with in the Hambo picture as the Jimmy Takter-trained colt stormed to the top and took the field easily until a late surge from seven-year-old mare (and race choice) TV Mom closed stoutly.


Classic Puzzle picked up the third spot; Whata Winner was on better behavior than his last less-than-productive performance, finishing fourth; and Homerun Hitter was never a factor.   


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