The SBOA Stakes elimination round began with a 32-1 upset as Muscle Babe and driver James MacDonald got up in the final strides for a career-best 1:54.3 triumph on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
MacDonald hustled the Muscle Mass-Oaklea Odessa filly off the gate from post six and was the first to get a call as she trotted a first quarter in :27.2. However, insider Wings Of Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion) swept around the early leaver with a forwardly placed Sweetie Hearts (Jody Jamieson) hot on her heels and clearing to command next down the backstretch.
Sweetie Hearts reached the half in :56.3 and raced to three-quarters in 1:26 with favourite Lenny Mac (Chris Christoforou) advancing first over. The leader opened up two and a half lengths into the stretch, but the fast-closing Muscle Babe kicked home in :27.3 to catch her at the wire for the half-length victory. Mayberry (Rick Zeron) also closed well from the backfield and edged out Tosca (Trevor Ritchie) for third-place honours four and a half lengths behind.
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