The Murmuring Pan and Much Adoo will have a shot at an Autumn Series sweep after victories in round two action Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack.
A total of four $18,000 Autumn Series divisions for three-year-old fillies were contested Friday night. Both the pacing and trotting divisions required two splits.
In the first pacing division, Amazing Control came through as the public’s choice with a 1:55 victory.
The Meg Crone trainee and driver Jody Jamieson got away third and sat in the position through the opening half-mile. Around the final turn, Amazing Control came first up to overtake the lead from Mach Magic and post a three-quarter clocking of 1:25.1. In the stretch, Amazing Control was able to create a few lengths of separation on her rivals and paced a :29.2 final quarter for a two and three-quarter length victory. Show Some Leg came from seventh at the three-quarter pole for second, while Double Olives was third.
The daughter of Shadow Play finished second in last week’s opening leg. Friday’s victory was first of the season for the sophomore pacing filly and second of her career. Amazing Control is owned by Hutt Racing Stable. She has now banked over $25,000 this season and $53,000 overall.
Amazing Control paid $4.50 to win.
Much Adoo was a repeat winner with a gate-to-wire performance in the second division.
The Isaac Waxman trainee was put on the front by driver Trevor Henry and hung up an opening quarter of :27.4. After fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.2, Much Adoo scooted away from her rivals with ease and scored a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:55.2. Aniston Seelster, the heavy 1-5 favourite, finished second, while Pinky Tuscadero was third.
A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo was making her second start for Waxman after posting a 1:54.4 victory in last week’s first leg. The sophomore pacing filly has now visited the winner’s circle on five occasions this season. Much Adoo is a perfect two-for-two for owners Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Her seasonal earnings currently sit at over $59,000.
Much Adoo paid $9.50 to win.
On the trotting side, The Murmuring Pan picked up right where she left off last week with another easy-looking victory.
Driven by Henry, The Murmuring Pan floated out from post eight and cleared to the lead just after an opening quarter of :28.1. It was game over for the seven other trotting fillies once the heavy favourite took the lead. The Murmuring Pan posted panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1, before trotting home under wraps in :29.4 for a four and a half length victory in 1:57. Brinkers Dream got up for second, while P L Indyanaca finished third.
A daughter of Kadabra, The Murmuring Pan is owned and trained by Paul Reid. The sophomore trotting filly has now won five of eight in 2015, including last week’s opening leg in 1:57.2. The Murmuring Pan now has seven career wins and earnings exceeding $75,000.
The Reid trainee paid $2.10 to win.
After a pair of narrow defeats, Tymal Fireitup was able to come out on top Friday night in the second trotting division.
The Julie Walker trainee and driver Sylvain Filion got away fourth in the field of eight. Filion pulled on the right line nearing the halfway point to put Tymal Fireitup first over. Around the final turn, Tymal Fireitup and Filion were able to charge up and poke a head in front at the three-quarter pole in 1:28. In the stretch, Tymal Fireitup trotted home in :29.3 to win by a length in 1:57.3. Aspen California trotted home well to finish second, while Hope Rises was third.
Tymal Fireitup now has four wins in 20 starts this season for earnings of over $51,000. Walker co-owns the Kadabra filly with Steven Williamson and Jean Bernard Renaud. Tymal Fireitup now has seven career victories and a bankroll of over $63,000. The clocking of 1:57.3 lowered her career-mark by almost a full second.
The Walker trainee paid $3.90 to win.
In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015.
The fillies will wrap up the Autumn Series next Friday with both finals. The pacing fillies final will go for a purse of $37,800, while the trotting fillies will battle for a purse of $36,800.
Autumn Series action continues Saturday night with the second leg for the three-year-old colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m.
(Standardbred Canada with files from WEG)