TORONTO, ON — Three-year-old trotting filly division leader Whatta Hotty returned to the winner’s circle at Woodbine Racetrack on Sunday evening, exacting revenge on the rivals that interrupted her four race win streak last weekend.
Starting from Post 5, driver Garrett Whelan snapped Whatta Hotty off the starting gate a little sharper than he did in last week’s overnight and had her positioned in sixth spot on the rail, nine and three-quarter lengths behind pacesetter Torch, at the :27.4 opening quarter. The winner of the Oct. 26 overnight that halted Whatta Hotty’s win streak, Torch continued to lead the field of nine through the :57.4 half, but Whelan had already tipped Whatta Hotty to the outside and set his sights on a little payback.
By the 1:27.3 three-quarters, Whatta Hotty had advanced to within one length of Torch, and she was able to sweep by her rival around the last turn. Straightening out in the stretch Whatta Hotty was on top by just shy of a length, which she extended to one and one-quarter lengths before the 1:56.4 finish.
Good Common Cents, the runner-up in the Oct. 24 Grassroots Championship, stormed home to finish second, nudging Torch into third in the second Trillium Series division.
The mile matched the personal best Whatta Hotty took winning the Gold Final at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Oct. 12 and pushed her sophomore record to five wins, two seconds and three thirds in 15 starts. The Yankee Paco miss has earned $275,811 this season for trainer Jim Whelan of Troy and Terry, Mary and Clarence Devos of Langton, who also bred the talented trotter.
The first $35,273 Trillium split saw Countess Stormont sprint down the stretch to snatch a half length victory away from fan favourite Warrawee June.
Countess Stormont and driver Jonathan Drury fired off the wings from Post 6 to reach the opening quarter in :27, but when Rick Zeron and Warrawee June came calling at the :57.2 half, Drury opted to let them go by. Controlling the pace through the 1:27.3 three-quarters, Warrawee June faced a challenge from Sugar Coated Lindy on the outside, but seemed to have things well in hand turning for home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of her peers.
Down the stretch Drury shifted Countess Stormont back into high gear and the Kadabra daughter responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled her to the half length victory in 1:56.4. Warrawee June had to settle for second, with Duchessofnorthyork circling around a tiring Sugar Coated Lindy to claim third.
Rockwood resident Norm Jones trains Countess Stormont for breeder Stormont Meadows of Long Sault. The filly, a half-sister to four $100,000-plus winners including Lord Stormont ($912,938), now boasts a record of five wins, one second and four thirds in 24 starts this season for earnings of $104,992.
Sunday’s contest completes the Trillium Series for the three-year-old trotting fillies. The top 10 point earners from the Gold Series, including Whatta Hotty and Warrawee June, will return to Woodbine Racetrack on Nov. 15 for their $300,000 Super Final.
For complete results please go to: http://www.previewsc.ca/racing/results/data/r1102wdbsn.dat.