06/06/2014 10:22PM

Mohawk: Perfect Alliance, Trixton shine in stakes elims

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Perfect Alliance ran her perfect 2014 record to 11 with a victory in the Armbro Flight eliminations.

As the season gets longer, Perfect Alliance gets stronger. The 4-year-old trotting mare scorched her rivals in stakes record time to capture one of two $35,000 eliminations of the Armbro Flight series that highlighted a card also featuring a pair of Goodtimes elims for 3-year-old colt trotters.

Perfect Alliance made her way to the front by the opening quarter in 27 seconds and never had an anxious moment. Driver Yannick Gingras coasted through fractions of 55 3/5 and 1:23 4/5 without the daughter of Credit Winner-Yalta Hanover so much as breaking a sweat. In the lane, Gingras simply shook the lines at her and she sprinted clear to win by open lengths over Rockin With Dewey in 1:51 4/5.

Bax Of Life, Upfrontluckycarol and Lady Laker rounded out the top five who would qualify for next week’s C$266,000 final.

“Yannick drove her perfectly,” said trainer Julie Miller in the winner’s circle.

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“She’s scary,” said Gingras. “She has such a big long stride that you don’t know how fast you are really going.”

Perfect Alliance ($2.30 to win) is now 11-for-11 this year for owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger.

The second split of the Armbro Flight provided a shocking result as D’Orsay lit up the board at 54-1 besting the 3-5 favorite Bee A Magician.

Classic Martine set pedestrian fractions of 27 1/5, 56 4/5 and 1:25 while Bee A Magician and D’Orsay followed along in the two- and three-hole. Bee A Magician and D’Orsay both came off the cones for the stretch drive and the former edged to the lead nearing the wire but could not hold off a powerful late surge from D’Orsay and driver Sylvain Filion.

D’Orsay stopped the timer in 1:52 1/5 ahead of fellow finalists Bee A Magician, Classic Martine, Charmed Life and Angies Lucky Star.

“My mare was able to relax tonight, so I knew she was going to kick home pretty good,” said Filion.

D’Orsay is trained by Jonas Czernyson for Consus Racing Stable Inc.

Both Perfect Alliance and D’Orsay will get to choose their posts in the next Saturday’s final.

The standout performer in the $30,000 Goodtimes eliminations was Trixton in the second of two splits for the sophomore trotters.

After watching as Harper Blue Chip took control at the opening quarter in 28 2/5, Trixton made his move to the front. With trainer Jimmy Takter in the bike, the son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El cruised through fractions of 57 2/5 and 1:26 1/5 on the engine as Harper Blue Chip chased in vain.

Trxiton drew clear in the stretch under just light taps of the whip by Takter to post a 1:53 3/5 winning mile over Harper Blue Chip, Speak The Truth, See The Wind and Pasadena Star.

“He felt very powerful tonight,” said Takter. “Right now he is having a lot of fun.”

Trixton is owned by Brixton Medical AB and Christina Takter.

In the first Goodtimes elimination, the favored Flyhawk El Durado overcame a first-over trip to score a 1:54 1/5 victory.

In a race with plenty of early movement, So Not Cool eventually made the front past the quarter in 27 seconds only to give way to a second move in the mile from Skates N Plates. He would post a reasonable half time of 56 seconds as Flyhawk El Durado came to call. After the third quarter clocking in 1:25 2/5, “Flyhawk” began to edge clear under a mild drive by Yannick Gingras and held off a powerful late rally from Il Songo Dream, who left for position and had to wait for clearance.

Verdi, Massacaia and Massive Talent finished out the top five that qualified for the C$272,100 final.

“He’s a little guy, but he has a big engine and heart, too,” said Gingras.

Flyhawk El Durado, who paid $3 to win, is trained by Jeff Gillis for owner Martin Scharf.

Armbro Flight Final - Sat., June 14

Post Horse
1 Lady Laker
2 Bax Of Life
3 D'Orsay
4 Perfect Alliance
5 Classic Martine
6 Upfrontluckycarol
7 Rockin With Dewey
8 Charmed Life
9 Bee A Magician
10 Angies Lucky Star

Goodtimes Final - Sat., June 14

Post Horse
1 See The Wind
2 Massacaia
3 Verdi
4 Flyhawk El Durado
5 Trixton
6 Massive Talent
7 Pasadena Star
8 Il Songo Dream
9 Speak The Truth
10 Harper Blue Chip