Blank Canvas and Captain Nash found the winner's circle in Monday evening's second leg of the Dream Maker Series for 2-year-old pacers.
A total of 12 rookies were split into a pair of $14,000 divisions. Round one winners Captain Ahab and Best In Show opted to skip the second leg, which opened the door for two rookies to grab a victory and enter next week's final with confidence.
Blank Canvas remained undefeated with a blowout 1:52 score for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Casie Coleman in the evening's first split.
The gelded son of Art Major rushed from third to first on the far turn, pacing his third quarter in :27.2 to reach that station in 1:24.1. Blank Canvas proceeded to cruise home in :27.4 to win by nearly six lengths. U S Captain finished second, while Thisihowwedoit was third.
A $30,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Blank Canvas did not participate in last week's first leg of the Dream Maker. The Coleman trainee is now three for three in his young career with his three victories coming by a combined 13 ¾ lengths.
Blank Canvas has earned $21,000 for owners West Wins Stable, J Robert Darrow and A Harris Racing LLC. He paid $2.60 to win.
The second division saw Captain Nash break his maiden with a 1:52.2 score for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carl Jamieson.
Quatrain Blue Chip cut the mile, posting fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:23.4 to lead into the lane. Captain Nash followed in the two hole, sitting a little less than two lengths off the lead during the red-hot third quarter.
In the stretch, Captain Nash powered by Quatrain Blue Chip and paced home in :28.1 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Twin B Jays finished second, while Macs Power, who was the race-favorite, reached up for third after being well back turning for home.
A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Nash had two runner-up finishes in two starts coming into Monday's start. The Jamieson trainee came up half a length short to Best In Show in last week's first leg.
Captain Nash, who was a $19,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, is now one for three with $14,000 earned for owners Carl Jamieson and Brian Paquet. He paid $8.50 to win.
The $39,000 final of the Dream Maker Series is scheduled for next Monday evening. (WEG)