LA Delight steps up and wins Gold at Mohawk
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With Randy Waples in the race bike, LA Delight sailed away from Post 1 and landed third on the rail, watching pacesetter Free Show roll through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3. When Kays Shadow stalled in the outer lane around the final turn, there was ample room for Waples to move L A Delight into an open path and the filly accelerated away to a two and one-quarter length win over Free Show and a hard closing Big White Pearl.
Bob McIntosh conditions LA Delight for his partners CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The trio also bred the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of LA, who is a sister to $1.9 million winner Thinking Out Loud. From three racing age foals, West Of L A has already produced $618,411 winner Somewhere In LA.
Thatsoveryverynice made her second Gold Series appearance from Post 1 in Monday's second race and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON crafted a trip similar to the one that led to the July 6 track record. Easing off the gate the heavy favourites sat sixth through the :27.1 quarter clocked by Stonebridge Pearl. Heading by the :56.3 half Jamieson tipped Thatsoveryverynice into the outer lane behind Twenty Three Red and waited for the top of the stretch to ask the filly for top gear.
Thatsoveryverynice sprinted home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.3 over Maniana, with Twenty Three Red another length back in third.
"She was my top filly all winter and I'm pleased she's living up to my expectations,” said Tony Alagna, who bought the filly as a weanling in the summer of 2013 — along with her mother, $294,295 winner Fox Valley Zena — and sold a share to Toronto, ON resident Marvin Katz following the 1:51.2 OSS track record mile.
"I trained the mare when I worked for Erv Miller,” noted Alagna. "Marvin Katz is my new owner on the filly, buying half interest in her after her last start. I'm pleased to have him as a partner, as we will plan on keeping her as a future broodmare.”
Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of first year sire Vintage Master, will now enjoy almost a month of vacation time before the third Gold Series event at Georgian Downs on August 15.
"We'll give her an easy schedule and qualify her back before the next Gold,” said Manalapan, NJ resident Alagna.
Twin B Thong may also be getting a vacation after trainer Casie Coleman felt she was not at her best winning Monday's third Gold division.
"I'm never going to complain about a win, but I believe this filly could be Grand Circuit, and she should have won easier, I thought,” said Coleman following the filly's 1:53 victory. "I'm going to scope her and check, but the first two I raced tonight came up a bit sick.”
In addition to Twin B Thong, Coleman started Southwind Shania and Three Dreams, who finished fifth in the first and second divisions, respectively.