O’Sullivan Looks For Repeat In Milton

Published: September 19, 2012 02:09 pm EDT

Conditioner Tony O’Sullivan will look to add back-to-back scores to his resume when he sends out Drop The Ball in the 2012 edition of the $384,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

O’Sullivan, who captured the event last year with Laughandbehappy, has another heavy hitter, as Drop The Ball captured her elimination in 1:51.4, defeating the world champion Put On A Show in the process.

“Pretty awesome,” O’Sullivan said about his pupil’s effort. “She got on a helmet and I think she appreciated that. That might have been the only time that’s happened this year. She needed it and it worked out great.”

The four-year-old daughter of Western Terror had a terrific sophomore campaign, banking $529,047, while competing against North America’s top three-year-old pacing fillies.

This season, the bay has to take on older mares, a task O’Sullivan was confident she could handle.

“I’m not really surprised that she can handle and go with this group,” the Cambridge resident said of Drop The Ball, who has crafted a 5-3-1 record from 10 starts this season. “She’s an athlete, extremely fast, tough and the complete package.”

O’Sullivan, a first-time finalist for Trainer of the Year in 2011, was quick to mention Drop The Ball’s best attribute.

“Her turn of foot,” he said. “She’ll train what you want her to go, but when you ask her, that’s when you can really see what she can do. When she switches gears and gets into full speed, you get the 'wow' factor. It’s pretty incredible.”

Looking ahead to the Milton, O’Sullivan remains confident in his 15-time career winner, but admits other rivals are also very competitive in this field.

“There’s a few of them that can win, but she is a very capable mare,” he said. “She really fired home last week off a great trip by Yannick (Gingras). If she gets a similar trip like that, she’ll be very tough to beat. It’s a tough level to compete at, she’s had a good week and we’ll do our best to have her ready.”

Gingras will once again steer the $897,810 winner for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc., Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stables LLC.

To view the harness racing entries for Saturday at Mohawk, click the following link: Saturday Entries - Mohawk Racetrack.