A pocket trip worked out to the advantage of 6-5 favourite Waasmula and driver Trevor Henry in the weekly $30,000 Fillies & Mares Open.
Waasmula left from post five and secured a pocket trip as the outermost six-hole assignee Witch Dali (Jody Jamieson) hustled off the gate and crossed to command into a 26-second first quarter. The field followed in single-file alignment past the half in :55.3 before the action began approaching the 1:23.3 third quarter mark. Waasmula got the jump start on third-place Ms Mac N Cheese (Sylvain Filion) as she was pulled from the pocket in the final turn and overtook the pacesetter in the stretch en route to the one and three-quarter length triumph. Ms Mac N Cheese chased her home, but Witch Dali fought back and edged out her stablemate at the wire for the runner-up honours.
Waasmula, who also had a successful outing in her last Mares Preferred start on April 8, paid $4.40 for the repeat win. Her 1:50.4 clocking equalled the national season’s record for aged pacing mares that she had set with a previous victory in late February at Woodbine.
Bruce Goit trains the 26-time career winner, who sports a bankroll of $779,850. The eight-year-old Million Dollar Cam-Waasmowin mare is owned and bred by Brent Vincent of Allenford, Ont.