Southwind Moni romps in Am. Nat elimination

03:19 AM 15 Sep 2011 NZST
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Southwind Moni with John Campbell
Southwind Moni with John Campbell - strolled to an easy victory

Freshmen trotting fillies were in action on Wednesday night at Balmoral Park as a field of 10 harness racing youngsters was sent to battle in an American National Stake elimination.

The top eight finishers in the race will be back next Wednesday for the $70,200 final where they will be joined by Miss Dat Kat & Fox Valley Velvet.

This tussle was more like a stroll in the park as the royally bred Southwind Moni romped to a six-length victory for driver John Campbell in 1:58.2.

Eased away from post position two Campbell had the daughter of Andover Hall-Miss Goal trotting comfortably in fourth as Canadian Justice (Eric Carlson) led the field through an opening quarter in 30.1.

Pouncing on the slow pace as Carlson tried to tap the breaks heading towards the half, Campbell pulled from fourth and quickly moved to the top as the field reached the half-mile mark in 1:00.1.

The issue was never really in doubt from that point on Southwind Moni continued to widen the distance between herself and her rivals as she trotted by the three-quarter-mile mark 1:30.1

On cruise control the rest of the way the $30,000 Lexington Select purchase drifted wide through the lane but was under no pressure whatsoever as she reported home with her first career win in four starts for the partnership group of Chuck Sylvester, NJ & Neal Goldman, Melvin Hartman & Rodney Andrews. R Little Felicia (Mike Oosting) turned in a solid effort from an outside post to finish second while Canadian Justice was third.

Also gaining spots in the final were Mrs Mrs Jones (4th), Dazzling Valley (5th), Fox Valley Helen (6th), Mrs D (7th) and Wallstreet Darling (8th).

Tom KELLEY

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