09/09/2016 10:43PM

Mohawk: Caprice Hill shines in Elegantimage eliminations

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Caprice Hill blew away her competition on Friday night at Mohawk.

Elimination weekend continued Friday at Mohawk Racetrack with the qualifiers for the Elegantimage.

The complexion of the eliminations changed hours before the card began, as drivers John Campbell, David Miller, Brett Miller and Corey Callahan were unable to make it to Mohawk due to a mechanical issue with their plane from New Jersey.

Several driver changes were made to the elimination races.

Caprice Hill extended her current win streak to four with a career-best 1:52 4/5 victory in the $35,000 first Elegantimage elimination.

The Tony Alagna trained filly got to the lead just after the opening quarter with driver Randy Waples and it was game over from there. Caprice Hill posted fractions of 56 4/5 and 1:26, before trotting home in a flashy 26 4/5 to score the victory.

Celebrity Eventsty, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Emoticon Hanover came first up and finished third. Worldclass Hanover and Dewdle All Day rounded out the top five to qualify for the final.

Caprice Hill has been on fire since returning to Ontario after a second-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 6th. The daughter of Kadabra has won four consecutive races, including three Grand Circuit events.

“She’s been such a blessing and she comes to work every time,” said Alagna post-race. “She wasn’t at her best on Hambo Day, she was fighting some sickness before that, and since she came back up to Canada she has been vicious.”

Owned by Tom Hill, Caprice Hill now has seven wins in 10 starts this season to bring her career win total to 14. She has never missed the board in 20 career starts for earnings of over $1 million.

Caprice Hill paid $2.60 to win.

In the second elimination, Flowers N Songs made a big move to the front in the second-quarter and never looked back for a 1:53 2/5 victory.

The Paul Reid trained filly got away fifth with driver Yannick Gingras, while Side Bet Hanover cut an opening-quarter of 27 3/5. As the tempo slowed down in the second-quarter, Gingras sent his filly to the front from fifth to grab command at the half in 57 seconds.

Flowers N Songs posted a big third quarter of 27 3/5, before finishing off the victory with a 28 4/5 last quarter. Dream Child closed in on the winner late to finish second by three-quarters of a length.

The top five finishers were rounded out by Royal Charm, Side Bet Hanover and Tymal Tempest.

Flowers N Songs, who did not race as a 2-year-old, now has nine wins from 23 starts this season. The Robert Key homebred has earned over $360,000 in 2016.

“It’s amazing that a filly that can have a year like this, can keep going week in and week out,” said Reid following the victory. “She takes care of herself, she rests a lot, she eats good, we get her turned out all the time and she’s just a pleasure to be around.”

Flowers N Songs paid $5.10 to win.

C$436,00 Elegantimage Final

1 Emoticon Hanover S. Filion
2 Worldclass Hanover R. Zeron
3 Flowers N Songs Y. Gingras
4 Caprice Hill R. Waples
5 Side Bet Hanover S. Zeron
6 Royal Charm P. Macdonell
7 Dewdle All Day Y. Gingras
8 Celebrity Eventsy J. Jamieson
9 Dream Child J. MacDonald
10 Tymal Tempest J. Drury
AE Double Exposure J. Jamieson

--edited release (WEG)