PL Jill romps to Preferred win at Mohawk Park
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P L Jill continued the dominant return to racing for trainer Ben Baillargeon with a 7 3/4-length victory in Tuesday’s $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
A field of seven older trotters lined up for the weekly feature and just like the last Preferred on March 16, the 7-year-old mare P L Jill claimed the top spot for her fifth win of the season.
Driven by Mario Baillargeon, P L Jill got away fifth and made a move towards the top in the second-quarter. On The Ropes and driver Jonathan Drury weren’t in a giving mood and scrapped with the 2-5 favorite throughout the middle half, eventually giving way ahead of three-quarters. Off a half of :56.2, P L Jill was forced to go a :27.2 third quarter while dueling On The Ropes.
The three-quarter clocking of 1:23.4 didn’t impact P L Jill, as she trotted home in :28.1 for the open-lengths score. On The Ropes held for second, while R First Class (also trained by Baillargeon) and Big Rich completed the Superfecta.
P L Jill is now five-for-10 this season with $93,760 earned. The victory increases her career totals to 29 wins and $531,693 earned for owners Prince Lee Acres, Jill Coleman and Alan Christensen.
A $2 win ticket on P L Jill returned $2.80.
Ben Baillargeon’s barn won three races Monday and has now picked up six wins since racing returned last Friday. (WEG)