GLOUCESTER, ON — Super Final champion Delphic headlines the field of two-year-old trotting fillies heading into Rideau Carleton Raceway on Friday evening for a pair of $38,000 Trillium Series divisions.
“She jogged good the last couple of days so we thought we’d take a shot,” says trainer Rene Laarman of the Super Final champ. “She’s good now, so might as well make hay while the sun shines.”
Laarman trains Delphic for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa and brothers John and Jim Fielding of Toronto. The trio purchased the Striking Sahbra lass out of the Two’s in Training Sale in late May, writing a cheque for $100,000. In the July 17 Gold Series season opener the filly finished second in her elimination in a smart 1:59.4, but that would be the last purse cheque Delphic collected for two months.
“In the first one at Georgian Downs she was competitive, but going into the gate in the final she made a break and she got a bad habit going. For three or four starts she was making breaks every time she went into the gate,” explains Laarman. “It kind of curtailed her career for a month or two until we changed some rigging on her and got her to mellow out a little.”
The break in the July 24 Gold Final left Delphic well back of the field in eighth. Scratched sick out of the July 31 Gold Elimination at Kawartha Downs, her next start was a division of the Robert Stewart Stake at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 12 where her second miscue behind the gate left her a distant ninth.
A third break in an Aug. 24 qualifier at Mohawk followed before Delphic finally laid down a flawless line in a Sept. 3 qualifier at the Campbellville oval. The filly maintained her composure in a Sept. 10 Oakville Stakes elimination, but finished sixth, and finally earned her second pay cheque of the season with a solid runner-up performance in the Sept. 22 Gold Elimination at Mohawk.
Since then Delphic has not missed the top five, finishing fifth in the Sept. 29 final, third in her Oct. 5 Gold Elimination at Western Fair Raceway and fourth in the final one week later. She scored her first lifetime victory in the Nov. 2 Trillium Series event at Woodbine Racetrack and boosted her earnings to $212,027 with last Saturday’s Super Final victory.
“She raced well, very well,” says Laarman. “She has the talent to go with those top fillies.”
Gord Brown will make the trip to Ottawa to drive Delphic in the first of two Trillium Series events Friday. The pair will start from Post 5 in a field of seven that features of a mix of Grassroots and Gold Series competitors.
Grassroots Champion Travelin Supergirl is featured in the second Trillium division, starting from Post 2 in another field of seven. The Kadabra daughter heads into Friday’s test off a third-place finish in the Nov. 2 Trillium at Woodbine and will be driven by trainer Mark Steacy.
Post time at Rideau Carleton Raceway this Friday, Nov. 16 is 6:30 pm, with the two-year-old trotting fillies squaring off in Races 1 and 2.
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