It was a night designated for fillies Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as trotters battled in a trio of OSS Grassroots divisions ..
Inner Drive hauled home the first piece of OSS hardware thanks to a maiden-breaking triumph in her $18,000 division. The homebred daughter of Kadabra-Urge To Splurge got away second for driver Paul MacDonell before marching to the lead in the backstretch. She hit the half in 1:00 before turning over the top spot to Hab Faith as the field headed towards the final turn. Hab Faith hit the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1, but she passed in the closing strides by the rallying Inner Drive. Her :30.1 closing speed helped propel her to the 1:59.4 score over Hab Faith and Parkhill Nocredit.
The victory improved the youngster’s record to 1-1-0 from three tries for the partnership of Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. The Bob McIntosh-trained lass is the first foal out of a half-sister to Text Me (1:54.3 – $931,853).
Powerful Mission rallied to an easy win in the second division despite being asked to do the first-over work. Phil Hudon angled her off the rail in the backstretch and asked her to go after Whole Lot Of Sugar who supplied fractions of :29.2, 1:00 and 1:30.2. Powerful Mission dug in down the lane and used her :28.4 closing speed to win by three-lengths over race favourite Man Shes Hot in 1:59.2. Whole Lot Of Sugar settled for third prize in the $18,000 affair.
Kevin St. Charles trains the daughter of Manofmanymissions-The Power Of Magic for E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. The filly has banked $9,700 to date.
Anikadabra powered to the lead from Post 7 and went coast-to-coast for driver Rick Zeron in 1:59.3. The Rob Fellows trainee carved out panels of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.4 before sailing home in :29.4 to win by three lengths over race favourite P C Pipe Dream. Third money was earned by the pocket-sitting Late Shift.
The daughter of Kadabra-Anikawiesahalee is a homebred owned by Edward Wilson of Seagrave, Ont. and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The lion’s share of the loot lifted the rookie’s bankroll to $10,440.