Day At The Track

Shadow Play filly now five for five

08:08 PM 07 Apr 2015 NZST
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Cast No Shadow improved her record to five for five in 2015 Maplelea
Cast No Shadow improved her record to five for five in 2015
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Maplelea powered by her rivals to score a length and three-quarters victory
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TORONTO, April 6 - A pair of harness racing  sophomore pacing fillies continued their dominance Monday night in the second leg of the Blossom Series at Woodbine.

Two $15,000 second leg divisions of the series event for three-year-old pacing fillies were contested Monday evening. First round winners Cast No Shadow and Maplelea returned to score victories once again and set up a potential showdown in the series final.

In the first division, Cast No Shadow improved her record to five for five in 2015 with a sharp 1:52.2 victory.

Driven by Mike Saftic, Cast No Shadow, the 1/5 favourite, sat off the pace early on and would get into the outer flow heading towards the final turn. A fading first up challenger would force Cast No Shadow and her cover to go three-wide, but that wouldn't faze the public's choice.

Cast No Shadow would explode off her cover in the stretch and charge by leader Moonlit Dance to prevail by a length and three-quarters.

High Fashion Mel and Nippy W Hanover finished third and fourth, respectively.

A daughter of Shadow Play, Cast No Shadow paced home in :26.4 to remain undefeated in 2015. She is trained by Des Tackoor for owner Millard Adams and now has over $40,000 in career earnings.

The clocking of 1:52.2 knocked more than two-seconds off Cast No Shadow's previous career-mark. She paid $2.50 to win.

Cast No Shadow

Maplelea, the HPI Series winner, scored her fifth consecutive victory with a 1:56 triumph in the second division.

Sent off as the 1/2 favourite, Maplelea and driver Rick Zeron got away sixth and last in the early stages of the race. Little pace was offered in the second-quarter and the field got to the half in just 1:00.1.

Maplelea started up on the outside down the backstretch and was situated second-over coming off the final turn.

In the stretch, Maplelea powered by her rivals to score a length and three-quarters victory. Her individual final-quarter was a dazzling :26.1.

Doctor Terror finished second, while Beyonces Rockn took third.

A daughter of Sportswriter, Maplelea has now won seven of nine starts this season for owner/trainer Andrew Moore. Her career bankroll now sits at over $82,000.

Maplelea returned $3 to win.

Maplelea

Both Cast No Shadow and Maplelea will now have a chance at the Blossom Series sweep in next Monday's $36,200 final at Mohawk Racetrack.

Mark McKelvie

WEG Communications

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