Shower Play arrived on the scene late to score with a wide rally in the $415,000 Fan Hanover on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Trained by Rene Dion and in rein to Louis Phillipe Roy, the Ontario-sired daughter of Shadow Play picked up her first major career score following a strong second in last week’s elimination to Kissin In The Sand.
"Every time I drove her, even when I qualified her, she surprised me more and more," said Roy. "I knew she was ready for more. Last week after the race, I was in the drivers’ room and I told James (MacDonald), next week, if I get a good draw I think I’m a winner in there. With the four-hole I was happy and the trip worked out good."
Kendall Seelster was quick off the gate but a fired up Ubettergo Go was sent with intent by Tim Tetrick to mark the opening quarter in :26.1. Doug McNair put Alexis Faith into motion down the back straight to make the half in :54.3 with Just Her Luck popping out from fifth position as the combatants jostled for position.
Alexis Faith and Just Her Luck continued their battle from the top of the lane but as the smoke cleared it was Roy and a resurgent Shower Play who stormed home with authority in 1:50.2.
"Going down the backstretch, I tried to flush Scott (Zeron, Kissin In The Sand) early a little bit because I wanted him to be first-up and I knew Kissin In the Sand was probably the one to beat," said Roy. "I told myself if I could be second-over behind her, that would be perfect for me.
"But, just a little bit later Chris (Christoforou, Just Her Luck) went first-up," continued Roy. "And, actually, Kissin In The Sand got the perfect trip and I had to beat her, but the filly showed she was so good and did the job."
Shower Play, bred in Ontario by Tara Hills Stud Ltd. and owned by Dion with Susanne J. Kerwood and Martin Leveillee, paid $8.20 to win.
Shartin N, who made a break but recovered to finish fourth in last week’s eliminations, redeemed herself with a prominent effort in the $370,000 Roses Are Red final.
Blazin Britches blasted off the gate for David Miller with Shartin N pressuring outside and Tequila Monday settling in along the rail through an opening quarter in :25.4. However, an aggressive Tim Tetrick made a quick decision and cleared to the front with Shartin N to take command.
Blue Moon Stride moved first-over for Corey Callahan to provide competition for Shartin N who made the half in :54.2, while L A Delight got rolling down the back straight with a three-wide move.
Shartin N continued her lead to the top of the lane and found another gear as she straightened away to notch the victory in a sharp 1:49.3 over Blue Moon Stride who held place over L A Delight.
Tetrick said he went behind the gate with an open mind.
"I let her tell me what she wanted to do off the gate, which I’ve always done and today I did let her step forward pretty good and get early position and it worked out. I was going to make my way to the front and I went ahead and did that," said Tetrick.
Despite the miscue in her elimination effort, Tetrick remained confident with Shartin N in the Roses Are Red final.
"She didn’t want to listen to my audible (last week), but she’s a good mare," said Tetrick. "She’s got her quirks but with as much speed as she has, she can overcome a lot of that."
Shartin N held strong down the lane for Tetrick who is more confident than ever now in the 5-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, who was bred in New Zealand by G. J. Crabbe.
"The times I’ve had her on the front she’s pretty lazy up there and then she won’t really go until she sees someone. She kept doing it, and I got nervous, but I should have just sent her and I would have been okay," said Tetrick.
Shartin N, trained by James King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci and Joann Looney-King, paid $3.50 to win as the 3-5 mutuel favorite. (WEG)