Caprice Hill wins 4 year old debut in 1:53.3
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Caprice Hill, a two-time O'Brien Award winner, won her 4-year-old debut Friday night at Mohawk.
Leaving from post nine, driver Doug McNair pointed Caprice Hill to the front and she worked to command through a :27.1 first quarter. From there, the Kadabra-Bramasole filly led the rest of the way while rebuffing first-over challenger Batoutahill (Mike Vanderkemp) through middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25.1 then holding off pocket pursuer Renegade Magic (Trevor Henry) in the stretch to score in 1:53.3 by a neck. Flowers N Songs (Randy Waples) closed off cover to finish third, four and a half lengths behind.
Caprice Hill won 15 of 25 races and earned over $1.2 million during her award-winning two and three-year-old campaigns. She prepped for her four-year-old season with a pair of qualifiers, including a 1:54 winning mile on May 22 at Mohawk. Tonight, she was sent postward as the odds-on favourite and paid $4.10 to win.
Caprice Hill has won her annual race debut in each of her three seasons on track. She is owned by Tom Hill.
McNair, Alagna and Hill also teamed up for a victory with North America Cup eligible Western Hill (Western Ideal-Cosmo Blue Chip), who recorded the first win of his sophomore season with a career-best 1:51.4 performance. (Standardbred Canada)