The $189,000 Filly Orange & Blue provided one of the night's most exciting finishes as Sawgrass Farms Thank You Doc rallied in the final strides to nip Auniqueaquistion by a head in 1:54.1, giving driver Dean Magee and owner Jim Jesk their first Super Night victories.
Allowed to save ground in fourth through pedestrian splits that were being put up by Incredible Filly, Thank You Doc sat fourth through most of the mile. With the fillies fanning out for the stretch drive Magee managed to slip to the outside of horses, eventually collaring a game Auniqueacuistion (Mike Oosting) with a 27.2 final quarter to score for the fourth time in nine tries. Incredible Filly (Dave Magee) held on for third.
"I thought she had a big shot when she drew the inside post but my first two plans of attack kind of went awry and we wound up getting stuck inside throughout the mile," said Magee. "She felt fresh and I knew she had plenty of pace though. As long as they didn't go in 1:53 or something like that I thought I had enough time to get to them once we shook loose. This filly is very gritty and she doesn't leave anything out there."
Trainer Nelson Willis was also quite pleased that Jesk's Sawgrass Farms finally notched a Super Night tally.
"Mr. Jesk has put a ton of money into the ICF program and it's great to see him finally get rewarded," said Willis. "He's gone through a lot over the years and he's had plenty of trainers so I feel pretty lucky that it was a horse I trained that got him his first win. This is a pretty special night for everyone in the winner's circle."