Richard Moreau trainees Ms Mac N Cheese and Witch Dali finished one-two in Friday evening’s $30,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Racetrack.
Snowy and freezing conditions made traveling to Woodbine difficult on Friday and led to the scratch of more than a dozen horses, including millionaire L A Delight. The removal of the Bob McIntosh-trained superstar, who had won the last two editions of the Mares Preferred, opened the door for one of five mares to find the winner’s circle.
Ms Mac N Cheese, who finished second to L A Delight on Dec. 15, went coast to coast for her 23rd career score. The now 6-year-old pacing mare was sent to the front by driver Louis Philippe Roy and got things her own way through fractions of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:27.
Stablemate Witch Dali was a handful for Doug McNair, who fought to keep the winner of nearly half a million in the pocket spot until the top of the lane.
In the stretch, Witch Dali took her best shot and tried to surge by, but Ms Mac N Cheese denied that bid and held her off to win by a half-length in 1:55.2. Exhilarated finished third, while Request For Parole was fourth and Buttermilk Hanover fifth.
Owned by Ratchford Stable Ns, Ms Mac N Cheese won five of 28 starts in 2017, finding her best stride in the later stages of the season. The Moreau trainee banked $112,880 last season and starts 2018 with $15,000 earned to bring her career earnings to $702,992.
The public was behind Ms Mac N Cheese in the short field, as she paid $4.60 to win. (WEG)