DUNDAS, ON — Locally owned fillies had a tight grip on the key to the winner’s circle at Flamboro Downs on Friday evening as the Trillium Series wrapped up with a pair of $37,419 divisions.
Whatta Hotty and Dundas resident Garrett Whelan delivered an impressive effort in the first two-year-old trotting filly Trillium skirmish, overcoming interference at the start to claim the 2:00.2 victory.
Starting from Post 5, the pair had to dodge early breaker Arbor Hanover and found themselves in second last as Good Common Cents reached the opening quarter in :30.4. As Good Common Cents continued on to a 1:01.2 half, Whatta Hotty was still six lengths off the pace, but heading for the 1:31.1 three-quarters Whelan tipped her to the outside and had advanced to within two lengths of the leader through the final turn.
A smart :28.3 finishing kick propelled Whatta Hotty down the stretch to a two length victory, leaving Good Common Cents to settle for second and fan favourite Delphic to pick up the third-place finisher’s spoils.
The win gave Whatta Hotty a perfect record of three wins in three Trillium Series starts this season and boosted her overall freshman record to four wins, one second and one third in eight starts. Trainer Jim Whelan of Troy bred and owns the daughter of Yankee Paco and $314,883 winner Our Kuli Girl in partnership with Langton residents Terry, Clarence and Mary Devos.
Fan favourite Random Solution delivered the goods in convincing style in the second Trillium contest, cruising home four and a half lengths the winner in 2:00.2.
Like she did in the Grassroots Final, Live In Love got the early jump on the field and roared out to a :28.4 opening quarter and a four length lead. By the :59.3 half the filly’s lead had been carved in half, and by the time the field reached the 1:30 three-quarters, Random Solution and trainer-driver Randy Fritz had things well in hand.
Grassroots Champion Travelin Supergirl and Warrawee June trailed home behind Random Solution in second and third, with the remainder of the field over 16 lengths to the rear.
Owned by Burlington resident Fritz, LGK Stables of Guelph and Daniel McCall of Parkhill, Random Solution now has two wins and three thirds to her credit in 11 starts. Plagued by breaks in the first two Trillium Series contests, the daughter of Angus Hall and Queens R Best boosted her earnings to $39,995 with Friday’s victory.
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