Phantom Seelster stays hot in Valedictory
December 17, 2018
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Phantom Seelster’s Christmas wish list may include a new broom following another victory in the Valedictory Series on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
The Richard Moreau trainee powered to a 1:52.1 triumph in the second of two $17,000 second leg Valedictory divisions and will now have an opportunity at a series sweep on Boxing Day.
Driven by Bob McClure, Phantom Seelster came first up on the far turn from fifth and grinded away to sit a pair of lengths from the leader Legal Power at three-quarters in 1:24.2. R Bazingga followed Phantom Seelster second-over to set up a stretch showdown.
In the lane, Phantom Seelster charged home in the centre of rivals Legal Power and R Bazingga to win by a length. Legal Power just edged out R Bazingga for second, while Larrys Petrock, who won a first leg division, finished fourth.
A gelded son of Mach Three, Phantom Seelster extended his current win streak to five with Monday’s score. The Moreau trainee swept the Harvest Series to start his current run of victories.
Phantom Seelster now has five wins and $72,270 earned in 19 starts this season for owners Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. The roan gelding sports career numbers of eight wins and $115,935 heading into the series final.
A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $5.20.
The evening’s first split saw Beachin Lindy get the job done despite drifting out late once again.
The Steve Charlton trainee and driver Doug McNair got pulled up towards the top on the far turn by following Rocky J Squirrel second-over. Rocky J Squirrel claimed the top spot in the lane, but gave it up late to finish second by a neck to Beachin Lindy in 1:53.4.
Ivegotagirlcrush finished third, while Bit Of Luck crossed the line fourth.
Owned by Larocque Racing Stable, Beachin Lindy collected his seventh win in 25 starts this season. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere picked up his ninth career victory to bring his career earnings to $71,244.
Beachin Lindy, who finished fourth in his first leg division, paid $6.60 to win.
Sophomore pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of Oct.
31, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Valedictory Series.
The $34,400 Valedictory Series final is scheduled to take place on Boxing Day (Dec. 26. Post time for Woodbine Mohawk Park’s Boxing Day card is 1 p.m. (WEG)