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Friday’s Qualifying Action

Published: June 12, 2009 4:45 pm ET

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Glamour boy Shipps Xpectancy highlighted Friday’s qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack while a trio of two-year-olds enjoyed the spotlight in other action across the country.

Shipps Xpectancy kicked off the Mohawk qualifying session with a 15 and a half-length romp in 1:55.1 for driver Jack Moiseyev and trainer John Kopas. The three-year-old Mach Three – Armbro Purse gelding, who won his Nassagaweya Stakes division last year over early North America Cup favourite Well Said, won his second straight qualifier after coasting through panels of :27.2, :56.2, and 1:25.2.

Later in the eighth qualifier, Mach You And Me returned from a layoff and pulled off a 10-length score in 1:56.3 for trainer Ron O’Neill. With Paul MacDonell at the lines, the five-year-old daughter of Mach Three – Hi Ho Hilda pulled the pocket at the quarter and extended her lead with each remaining pole that passed.

To view the charted lines from Friday’s qualifying session at Mohawk, click here.

Freshmen fillies and colts were also out and about this morning at qualifiers in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

At Flamboro Downs, The Big Scoop won her second two-year-old schooler for trainer Randy Hill. Driven by Paul MacKenzie, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear – Open Book established a solid lead on the field, which she maintained through fractions of :32, 1:04.1 and 1:32.4. A half-sister to Running Book and Justanotherpoorboy, The Big Scoop stopped the clock in 2:03 winning by four and three-quarter lengths over the pocket-sitter Tommi My Girl (Kelly Sheppard).

Click here for the results from Flamboro’s qualifiers.

Lily Ellie put in her first official mile at Western Fair Raceway for trainer/driver Dean Wall. The Rambaran – Traditional Gold freshman filly tripped the teletimer in 2:03.1 winning by two and three-quarter lengths over her stablemate Iron Outlaw (Dave Wall), a Rustler Hanover – Female Executive colt.

To view the charted lines from London’s qualifiers, click here.

Moving out East to Truro Raceway, Full Of Finesse, a Force Of Life – Happys Imp colt, also won his first qualifier in 2:06.1 for trainer/driver Bernie McCallum by a quarter-length after battling back and forth with Sandy Baird’s Artizzmoe, an Artesian – Champagne Flutie colt.

To view the lines from Truro’s qualifiying session, click here.


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