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In The Mood Strikes Winning Note

Published: July 23, 2021 12:42 pm ET

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After winning her first qualifier on July 16, rookie pacing filly In The Mood struck a winning note again on Friday morning (July 23), posting a 1:57.2 qualifying win at Woodbine Mohawk Park.

James MacDonald once again drove the Sunshine Beach-Race Miss filly, yielding to Cassini (Sylvain Filion) through a :29.3 first quarter before reclaiming control up the backstretch and rating middle sectionals of :59.1 and 1:29.4. Off the home turn, In The Mood crescendoed to another gear, sprinting off in :27.3 to defeat Cassini by 3-1/2 lengths and shave two seconds off her previous mark. Shawn Steacy trains In The Mood for the partnership of Katherine Steacy and breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc.

Macho Phil gave those same connections a double on the abbreviated five-race qualifying session, rallying stoutly out of mid-division and pulling clear in deep stretch to defeat Siberian Storm by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:55.4. The son of Shanghai Phil and Hazel unleashed :28 stretch speed in his second morning appearance, after rallying into second behind overnight winner Hes Stalking You in his first qualifier.

Eternal Lee also became a two-time qualifying winner in as many tries, taking advantage of an upper-stretch break from pocket rival Irish Charm to amass 14 lengths of clearance over eventual runner-up, Royaltys Dream, in 2:00.3. Bob McClure drove the Southwind Frank-Charity Hall filly for trainer Julie Walker and owner Murray Ferguson Jr.

The complete broadcast of the five-race qualifying card is available below.

Full results are available at this link: Friday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park (Qualifier).

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