A total of four $30,000 eliminations were contested, two for
each event, with 18 fillies in the Peaceful Way and 18 colts and geldings in
Way saw a pair of powerful performances from
heavy-favourites Manchego and Phaetosive.
Jimmy Takter trainee Manchego is now a perfect seven for
seven after taking the first elimination in 1:54.1. Driver Yannick Gingras took
his time going into the first turn with the daughter of Muscle Hill, before
letting her roll up from fourth to take the lead entering the backstretch.
Manchego reached the half in :57.2 and then opened up an eight-length
advantage at three-quarters in 1:25.3. The Takter student finished off her mile
with a :28.3 final-quarter to win by 5 ½ lengths.
Courtney Hanover rallied to finish second, while Repentance edged
out Jordan Blue Chip for third. Illusioneesta finished fifth to advance to the
Owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman,
Manchego has earned an impressive $350,898 in seven starts. Her accomplishments
include the Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship.
Manchego is following in the footsteps of another talented
Takter trainee, Ariana G, and the conditioner sees some similarities.
“She’s the same type as Ariana G, she just loves to win,”
said Takter. “She’s not a very big filly, but for her size she has an extremely
effective gait. She covers much ground and she seems like she doesn’t get
Manchego, who was a $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling
Sale purchase, paid $2.20 to win.
Trainer Trond Smedshammer didn’t mess around in the second
elimination and steered his student Phaetosive to a 1:54.2 score.
The daughter of Explosive Matter left from the outside
post-nine with Smedshammer and was parked in third around the first turn.
Phaetosive kept marching on in the second-quarter and had to work to clear
Bella Glos for the lead before a :57 half.
The Smedshammer trainee led to three-quarters in 1:26.1
before stepping home in :28.1 to win by 3 ¾ lengths.
Monday’s start was the first charted line since August 5 for
“She’s been doing a lot of slow work (preparing for Monday),
but I was a little bit worried that she was going to be short,” said
Smedshammer, who purposely spaced out the starts for his filly.
“When you have this kind of horse with this talent as a
two-year-old, I don’t want to race them more than I have to and when I found
out it was a 45 day rule I didn’t plan on racing anywhere (in) between.”
Phaetosive is now three for four with $118,565 earned for
owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She was a $65,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg.
The top-five finishers were rounded out by Tiffanys Flash, All
Over Again, Bella Glos and Blonde Magic, who originally finished third, but was
placed fifth for breaking at the wire.
A $2 win ticket on Phaetosive returned $3.50.
The Takter barn also found the winner’s circle in the
William Wellwood Memorial, as Maxus pulled off a mild 6-1 upset in the first
Driven by Gingras, Maxus left from post-nine and was able to
get away in fourth moving around the first turn. Stablemate Samo Different Day,
the 7/5 favourite, shot out to the lead and got things his own way, including a
:31.3 second-quarter to lead by a :59.3 half.
Maxus stayed along the pylons in the three-hole around the
far turn, as Samo Different Day led by three-quarters in 1:27.4 with Canale Hanover pressuring
made a break at the top of the lane, which opened up room for Gingras to split
between rivals and charge through to win in 1:56.2 by a length and
three-quarters. Sweet Talkin Hall finished second after getting away last.
Kinda Lucky Lindy finished third, while Cruising In Style
was fourth. Samo Different Day faded back to finish fifth.
“Around the last turn I was a little worried I was going to
get through it, but when (Canale Hanover)
made a break everything opened up in front of me,” said Gingras about the trip.
“I think he would’ve won the (Pennsylvania) Sires Stakes final last week, I
got shuffled back and he had plenty of trot finishing, so I knew he was sharp
and he had a good trip tonight. It worked out.”
A son of Muscle Hill, Maxus is owned by Christina Takter and
Brixton Medical Inc. He is now two for eight with $92,325 earned.
Maxus paid $14.30 to win.
Local standout Alarm Detector made a big third-quarter move
to go on and capture the second elimination in 1:54.4.
Driven by Trevor Henry, Alarm Detector trotted out hard to
be in the early mix and was able to take a seat in the two-hole. Lawmaker cut
an opening-quarter of :28.2, before giving way to a second-quarter moving You
Know You Do, who was the 3/5 favourite.
You Know You Do led by the half in :58.2. Henry pulled on
the right line entering the far turn and allowed Alarm Detector to rush up and
engage in battle with the favourite. The colts were side by side at
three-quarters in 1:27.1.
In the stretch, Alarm Detector carried his momentum and went
right by You Know You Do and trotted home to win by a length and three-quarters.
You Know You Do held second, while Lawmaker was third.
Clive Bigsby and Union Jack rounded out the top-five to
advance to next week’s final.
A son of Chapter Seven, Alarm Detector has impressed many
since his debut. The Ben Baillargeon trainee was coming into Monday’s race off
his first loss, when he finished second to You Know You Do in a division of the
Alarm Detector is now five for six in his career and
continues to impress his trainer.
“He’s got a beautiful gait and he’s quick and he loves to do
it,” said Baillargeon. “When you bring him up here at night, he puts his game
Alarm Detector is owned by Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin,
Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. His elimination victory pushes his earnings up to
The Baillargeon trainee paid $7.30 to win.
The post position draws for each final were held following
the eliminations. Monday’s winners earned the right to select their post for
The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $375,000 Peaceful
Way will take place next Monday (September 18).
Here is how they will lineup for each final.
$375,000 Peaceful Way
1. Bella Glos
2. Blonde Magic
7. Tiffanys Flash
10. Courtney Hanover
AE: Apprentice M
$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial
1. Cruising In Style
2. Clive Bigsby
4. Alarm Detector
5. Samo Different Day
6. Sweet Talkin Hall
7. You Know You Do
8. Kinda Lucky Lindy
10. Union Jack