On Friday, August 23 Northfield Park hosted the fourth leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for three year-old fillies as part of their 14-race program. Trotters and pacers each competed in one division.
The trotters started the stakes action in the evening’s eighth race. Contessa Leigh ( -Howl-Overcomer) bested her competition by a 5 ¾-lengths in her $35,000 stakes event. The race was Contessa Leigh’s 12 win in 15 lifetime starts and increased her current win-streak to five. piloted the filly for Northfield Park Wall of Fame trainer Marty Wollam, who co-owns the filly with G&B Racing.
Contessa Leigh started from post one. Noble sent her straight to the lead and never experienced an anxious moment at any point of the mile. She posted fractions of :28.4, :59.1, 1:29.1 and 1:58.1. Friday’s victory pushed Contessa Leigh’s bankroll to $199,586. Finishing behind Contessa Leigh were Diplomats Mistress, Mitey Pretty Win, Sheza Lavec, Miss Lulu Belle, Trainer Dunn, Coverlet, MJ’s Victory Wish and TT’s Megapixel. Contessa Leigh was the overwhelming favorite and returned $2.10 to win.
The pacers completed the evening’s stakes action in the tenth race. Igottafeelinfran captured the $35,000 fourth leg. drove the filly for trainer and owners Jerry Zosel, Kathy Ratcliff and Kimberly Dailey.
Igottafeelinfran ( -Fran Anna-Expensive Scooter) started from post seven. Noble sent the filly hard from the start and she was parked through a :27 opening quarter. Igottafeelinfran cleared to the lead approaching the half and continued leading through fractions of :55.2, 1:24.2 and 1:53.4, winning by ¾-length.
The win was the eighth in 22 career starts and bolstered Igottafeelinfran’s bankroll to $160,340. Finishing in succession after the winner were Pink Camo, Two Friskie, Norma Jean, Rain Dance Maggy, One Naughty Lady, CG Satin, Cheat Sheet, Forever La Nigh and CG’s Serious. Igottafeelinfran paid $5.20 to win.