The second leg of the Miss Windfall Series, a late closing event open to three and four-year-old Indiana sired fillies and mares that are non-winners of $7,500 lifetime, was contested with four divisions at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, April (3).
The fastest of the four divisions went to driver Jason Dillander and Royal Passion posting a new lifetime best in 1:56.0. Trained by Rod Lorenzo, Royal Passion is now two for two in 2012 as she also won the first leg of the series. Leaving from post three, the heavy betting favorite sat parked through opening fractions of :28:2 and :57.3. Royal Passion slowly made her bid to the front through the three-quarters in 1:27.1. Never contested down the lane, the three-year-old filly sired by Royal Art marched home in :28.4 to win by a length and a half. Royal Passion has now bankrolled $10,240 for her connections, Dobbins Standardbreds Inc. of Bryant, Al.
After making a clean sweep of the early daily double, Jason Dillander then made quick work of the third race, another division of the Miss Windfall Series, with Reaching Chip. Trained by Robert Reeser, the Art’s Chip filly found the winner’s circle in 1:56.4 with a closing panel of :28.1. Reaching Chip has also made a clean sweep of her divisions in the Miss Windfall series as she is now two for two, elevating her career earnings to $10,000. “She’s a really nice filly,” Dillander said of his mount. “She’s still green and has a lot to learn, so I had to be careful with her. She has plenty of speed but can be touchy. I was really happy with the way she raced tonight on the front end.”
Miss Kilo and driver Peter Wrenn took advantage of a perfect pocket trip to edge out their opponents in 1:57.1. The three-year-old filly sired by Kilowatt was able to split horses down the lane through a :28.1 final panel to win in a career best time. Owned by Bernard Brown of Saginaw, MI, Miss Kilo is trained by Tim Roach and has now won three of her lifetime starts.
In the final division of the late closing action, driver Jason Dillander found the winner’s circle once again. Dillander steered Bittersweet Best to her maiden breaking victory in 1:57.0, giving Dillander his fourth win of the night and third of the series. Trained by Charlie Stewart, the Pro Bono Best filly rallied home in :28.3 after a taxing trip. Bittersweet Best held off a hard charging Tricksaremyway and driver Sam Widger, who finished a close second.“She’s a nice filly also,” Dillander said of the three-year-old filly. “I look for her to be better next week since this was only her first start, but she is a really nice filly to drive. It looks like I am going to have a tough decision to make next week when the $15,000 final rolls around.”
The Miss Windfall Series Final will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.