It was a wet night at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday for the eliminations of the Elegantimage Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial Trot.
A pair of eliminations were needed for both events with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals next week.
A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were separated into two $30,000 eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial.
In the first elimination, Deep Impact prevailed in a stretch duel over the 4-5 favourite Brooklyn Hill.
Deep Impact and driver Steve Condren got away early in third, but quickly came to the outside nearing the :29.4 opening quarter to take the lead. Brooklyn Hill sat second on the back of Deep Impact past the half in :59.1.
Around the final turn, Brooklyn Hill came to the outside for driver David Miller to confront the leader. The colts were toe-to-toe at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1 setting up a stretch battle.
In the lane, Deep Impact refused to give up the lead and fought tough at the rail to defeat Brooklyn Hill by half a length in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano and Lean Hanover finished up well to grab third and fourth, while Will Take Charge finished fifth to secure a spot in the final.
A son of Donato Hanover, Deep Impact scored his third career victory on Friday evening for trainer Brad Maxwell. The rookie trotter was making his fifth start and increased his earnings to over $41,000 with the win.
Deep Impact is owned by Maxwell, Van Camp Trotting Corp., Tim Murray and Doug Millard.
The Maxwell trainee paid $7 to win.
Southwind Frank extended his win streak to six in a row with a 1:56.3 victory in the second split.
Sent off as the 1-9 favourite, Southwind Frank and driver Gingras got away in the three-hole through a :27.3 opening quarter. The heavy favourite sat third until the :57.4 half-mile mark when Gingras sent him on the attack.
Southwind Frank quickly cleared to the front and trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. Marion Marauder trotted up with a rush around the final turn to draw within half a length turning for home.
In the stretch, Marion Marauder was able to poke a head in front with an eighth of a mile to go, but Southwind Frank showed his talent by battling back under minimal urging from Gingras to retake the lead and score a length and a half victory. Adored By Masses finished almost 14 lengths behind the winner in third, while Im A Mate and Zlatan finished fourth and fifth to advance to the final.
A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank now sports a record of seven wins from eight starts to begin his career for trainer Ron Burke. The rookie trotting colt now has earnings of over $327,000.
Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stable and J And T Silva Stables LLC.
The Burke trainee paid $2.10 to win.
$373,000 William Wellwood Memorial Trot
2. Tony Soprano
3. Deep Impact
4. Southwind Frank
5. Im A Mate
6. Will Take Charge
7. Brooklyn Hill
8. Lean Hanover
9. Marion Marauder
10. Adored By Masses