GLOUCESTER, ON — Super Final champion Delphic scored her third straight victory in Trillium Series action at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening.
With Gord Brown in the race bike, the two-year-old trotting filly tucked in behind pacesetter Arbor Hanover through fractions of :30.2 and 1:01.1. Heading for the 1:32 three-quarters the veteran reinsman tipped Delphic to the outside and took a bead on the leader. By the top of the stretch only a neck separated the rivals and Delphic drew away to a one and one-quarter length victory in 2:02.2.
Lisas Encore and trainer-driver Patrick Rouleau laid down a smart last quarter to finish second in the $38,079 contest, while Arbor Hanover and trainer-driver Mark Steacy took home the third-place cheque for owners Asif Malik of Ottawa, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and Stan Klemencic of Trenton.
The win boosted Delphic’s freshman record to three wins, two seconds and one third in 11 starts for earnings of $231,066. Ottawa resident Melvin Hartman and brothers John and Jim Fielding of Toronto own the Striking Sahbra daughter, who was a $100,000 purchase out of the Two’s In Training Sale in May, and Rene Laarman of Guelph handles training duties on the young trotter.
In the second Trillium division, Whatta Hotty matched Delphic’s time and young reinsman Garrett Whelan emulated Brown’s race strategy. Starting from Post 6, Whelan allowed Whatta Hotty to float off the starting gate and landed in fifth spot as Grassroots Champion Travelin Supergirl took the field to a :31 opening quarter. Whelan sat patiently through the 1:01.4 half and then sent Whatta Hotty up the outside behind Warrawee June heading for the 1:01.4 three-quarters.
When Warrawee June failed to make substantial progress on the leader, Whelan sent Whatta Hotty three-wide and had established a one and one-half length lead by the time the fillies turned for home. The Yankee Paco miss accelerated away to a two and one-half length margin over Travelin Supergirl, with World Premiere picking up the third-place finisher’s share.
Troy resident Jim Whelan trains Whatta Hotty for his partners Terry, Mary and Clarence Devos of Langton. The group also bred the youngster, a daughter of $341,883 winner Our Kuli Girl, who was the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Champion in 2000. Through seven starts Whatta Hotty has amassed a record of three wins, one second and one third and earnings of $53,174. A winner in the Nov. 2 Trillium skirmish at Woodbine Racetrack, Whatta Hotty is flawless in Trillium Series action with one event remaining.
The two-year-old trotting fillies will square off for the last time in a Trillium Series event on Nov. 23 at Flamboro Downs. Friday’s contest wrapped up Rideau Carleton Raceway’s 2007 Ontario Sires Stakes season, which saw the talented provincial competitors rewrite two of the Ottawa oval’s track records.
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