Favorites score in NIagara 3FP opener
December 12, 2014
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A snow covered Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the Niagara Series Thursday night. Eighteen three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $15,000 divisions for round one of the three-week series.
More than a dozen centimeters of snow blanketed Woodbine Thursday afternoon and into the evening, but the track crew had the surface in "good" shape for some fast fillies.
In the first division, Witch Dali, the 4-5 favorite, took care of business winning in 1:53.
Driven by Jody Jamieson, Witch Dali was sent straight to the lead and posted fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25 before pacing home handily in :28 to win by half a length over Artistic Fusion. Saucy B, who got on even terms with the winner around the final turn, finished third.
A daughter of Dali, Witch Dali is trained by Tony Alagna and was making only her second start of the year. The 3-year-old filly won her 2014 debut last week at the Meadowlands after an almost 13 month layoff.
Witch Dali is now a perfect two for two this season and five for 12 in her career for earnings of over $40,000. She is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Brad Grant. Witch Dali paid $3.80 to win.
Another favorite would deliver an impressive victory in the second division.
Mach Some Noise and James MacDonald made a backside brush to the lead and never looked back scoring a 2 1/4-length victory in 1:54.3.
Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise came into round one of the Niagara Series after a third-place finish in the Autumn Series on November 28 ended her four-race win streak.
The daughter of Mach Three has now won all five of her career victories in her last six starts for owners O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable. In her first season of racing, Mach Some Noise has banked over $50,000 in 11 starts.
Double Joy got up in a place photograph to take second over Val Di Noto, while Mappos Moenhay finished fourth. Mach Some Noise paid $4.20 to win.
In order to be eligible to the Niagara Series, the 3-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of Oct. 31. The second leg of the Niagara Series will take place next Thursday, Dec. 18, at Woodbine. (WEG)