Post Positions (per Random.org)
4. Mariana's Trench
Post Time Odds
1. Angie: 3 - 1
2. Phox: 3.5 - 1
3. Freya: 4.5 - 1
4. Mariana's Trench: 23.5 - 1
5. Thor: 22.5 - 1
6. Capricious: 23 - 1
7. Nicoletta: 22 - 1
8. Moonshot: 2.5 - 1 (f)
9. Orlais: 3 - 1
THe horses are at the gate! They're all in line... and they're off!
It's a nice even break for the field without a speed horse to be seen so it'll be a reluctant Orlais that'll take the lead by a length over Nicoletta to her inside as they head pass the stands for the first time. Going into the first turn, Capricious runs up to the lead and grabs it decisively with Orlais now tracking in second, Nicoletta between horses and Mariana's Trench at the rail. THere's another length back to Freya in ourth, Moonshot another two in fifth with a big gap of four back to Phox in sixth, three more to Angie and Thor as our trailers. THey run an opening quarter in ... and a half in ... with now Mariana's Trench in the lead as no one can really decide what they want! Mariana's Trench in front by two after six furlongs in..., half the race left to run and she'll be tracked by Nicoletta in second, Capricious in third and Orlais just a neck behind her, Freya tucked behind a wall of horses four wide with Moonshot at her side, Phox still galloping along in seventh, with Angie second last and Thor trailing as they come to the half mile pole! Mariana's Trench leading the way heading into the final turn, and she'll have two on the field as they straighten out for home!
At the top of the lane, Mariana's Trench still has a narrow advantage with two furlongs to go but she is looking a bit tired now as Moonshot will rally four wide and take the lead with a little more than a furlong left! She's got company however as stablemate Orlais had dead aim to her outside and those two will run head to head as they come to the final furlong! Moonshot is giving way and Orlais has the lead now by a length and growing BUT HERE COMES FREYA DOWN AT THE RAIL! FREYA HAS FOUND ROOM AND SKIMS PAINT TO CHALLENGE WITH LESS THAN A SIXTEENTH LEFT TO RUN! These two fillies are neck and neck coming to the wire, Freya showing no signs of fatigue, Orlais a little wobbly but determined on the outside, Moonshot fading fast between horses, MARIANA'S TRENCH COMING BACK AT THE RAIL to challenge, Angie FLYING on the outside, THEY'RE IN THE FINAL STRIDES, IT'LL BE A PHOTO HERE AT THE WIRE--!
Freya gets up by her whiskers, with Orlais a hard luck second, Mariana's Trench third, Moonshot fourth and Angie fifth.
1. (3) Freya - 2:32.3
2. (9) Orlais (nose)
3. (4) Mariana's Trench (3 1/2 lengths)
4. (8) Moonshot (neck)
5. (1) Angie (neck)
6. (7) Nicoletta (3/4 length)
7. (6) Capricious (nose)
8. (5) Thor (1/2 length)
9. (2) Phox (2 lengths)
Places 1 - 5 take your points, while 6 - 9 will earn 1 pt for courage and 1 pt for fierce.
Quarter Splits: 23.7 | 48.2 | 1:12.7 | 1:37.1 | 2:01.5 | 2:24.9 | 2:32.3
1. Angie - Trailed, circled field to rally well near finish
2. Phox - Ran mid-field, faded late
3. Freya - Tracked leaders, rallied deep stretch to just get up in final jump
4. Mariana's Trench - Led late, faded, re-broke in lane
5. Thor - Trailed, never fired
6. Capricious - Tracked pace, faded late
7. Nicoletta - Tracked pace, had little run left in lane
8. Moonshot - Ran mid-field, split horses in lane, weakened in deep stretch
9. Orlais - Tracked pace, wide throughout, nailed at wire