The Rob Fellows-trained and Louis-Philippe Roy-driven Mach My Kiss kicked the session off with a bang in Race 1, as the bay turned a pocket trip into a head victory in a sharp 1:55.3. The daughter of Mach Three left from Post 5 and was first down to the quarter in :28.3. She found herself in the garden spot through the middle splits (:59.1, 1:27.3) before coming on in the lane and bettering the closing All The Fun at the wire. Mach My Kiss, out of Kisskissbangbang, is a homebred of Blair Corbeil (of Beaumont, Alta.).
Race 2 saw the bay Explosive Matter—Won An Done filly Wynd Creek trot to a gate-to-wire victory from Post 3 for trainer Clark Beelby and driver Paul MacDonell. The $20,000 Harrisburg buy cut the fractions in :31.2, 1:01.2, 1:31.1 before coming home to nail the wire much the best in 2:00. The mile was her second qualifying effort of the season for owners Emily Floren (Vancouver, BC), Clark Beelby (Campbellville, Ont.) Rachel Feldman (Vaudreuil, Que.) and Dorion-Eleasa Feldman (Saint-Lazare, Que.).
The babies were on the trot again in Race 3 and it was the Susie Kerwood-trained and Mike Saftic-driven Kadabra lass Jula Shes Magic that went gate to wire from Post 5 in 1:58.4. The fractions were sliced in :29.1, :59.4, 1:30.4. The bay, who is out of Windsong Soprano and was a $100,000 Lexington Selected purchase, is owned by Jula Racing Inc. (Delray Beach, FL).
All eyes were on Post 5 starter Watch Me Boogie in Race 4, as the black daughter of Hes Watching—Dance Until Dawn propelled in the lane for a strong win after having taken a two-hole trip through the fractions (:29.4, :59.4, 1:29.1). The $40,000 Lexington Selected purchase was making her second qualifying effort for owners Menary Racing Inc. (Rockton, Ont.), Michael Guerriero (Brampton, Ont.), Alan Alber (Thornhill, Ont.) and Kelly Waxman (Carlisle, Ont.).
Sunshine Beach—P L Angel bay P L Notorious was game in Race 5, which was her lifetime qualifying debut. She stayed calm while near breakers past the :29.4 opening quarter and inherited the lead before the 1:00.1 half-mile marker. The outer flow was challenging her by the time she clicked off three quarters in 1:29.3, and she fought off all comers in the lane to record a solid win in 1:57.2. Bob McClure guided P L Notorious through the mile for trainer Dan Clements. The bay is a homebred of Prince Lee Acres (Uxbridge, Ont.)
Race 6 was the scene of a stretch battle between a pair of fillies. Aphrodite Duke fought hard in the lane, but it was the Anthony MacDonald-trained and Sylvain Filion-driven Canadian Titan that got up in the final strides to record a gritty win in 2:02.3. Aphrodite Duke had powered to the lead past the :32.2 opening quarter and Canadian Titan enjoyed a pocket ride through the middle splits (1:02.4, 1:33.3). Both fillies fought for the wire through the lane, but it was Canadian Titan that just got up. Canadian Titan (E L Titan—Canadian Magic), who was a $40,000 purchase at the London Selected sale, was making her second career qualifying performance for owners Thestable Canadian Titan (Guelph, Ont.).
Wiggle Delight, a Bettors Delight—Wiggle Hanover bay trained by Anthony MacDonald and driven by James MacDonald, ground down the pacesetter in Race 7 to record an impressive victory in 1:56. The bay sat third through the fractions (:29.1, :59.1, 1:28.2) and shook loose in the lane. Wiggle Delight fired home with a :26.4 final quarter and got up for the neck victory. Wiggle Delight was a $55,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected sale and is owned by Panic Stable LLC (Itasca, IL).
Race 8 saw the brown Big Jim—The Patriot filly Kit head straight to the top from Post 4, cut all the fractions (:30.3, 1:00, 1:283.3), and hold off closers to post a 1:56.1 win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and driver Trevor Henry. Kit was a $42,000 yearling purchase at the London Selected sale and is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie (Ennismore, Ont.). Kit’s Thursday mile was the second qualifying effort of her career.
Rockadero stayed cool in Race 9 for trainer Carmen Auciello and driver Jonathan Drury. The bay daughter of Muscle Mass—Early Secret was first down to the :31.4 quarter pole, but broke stride soon thereafter. Drury was able to get his charge to reset and then sit third through the middle splits (1:03.4, 1:34.4). Drury tipped Rockadero out first-over off the three-quarters call and she dug in through the lane before getting up for a narrow victory in 2:03.1. The filly is now a perfect two for two in qualifying action for Bedrock Stables (Stouffville, Ont.)
Eternal Jewel (Wheeling N Dealin—Charity Hall) turned a pocket trip into a well-measured, first-up score in 2:01.3 during Race 10. Scott Coulter was at the lines for trainer Chad Milner. The bay filly sat contently through the fractions (:31.4, 1:02.2, 1:32.2) and was up to the task when asked for trot off the turn. Coulter timed the wire perfectly and just got up when it mattered most. The qualifier was the first charted line for Eternal Jewel, who is a homebred of Murray Ferguson Jr. (Sutton West, Ont.).
Fiorella was strong when asked in Race 11, as the Sportswriter—Gussies Girl bay fired off her pocket trip to record a 1:58.1 victory for trainer Tim Gillespie and driver Louis-Philippe Roy. The homebred of Synerco Ventures Inc. (Toronto, Ont.) bided her time through the fractions (:30.4, 1:00.4, 1:30.2) and was fresh in the lane, as she sprinted through the stretch for the convincing win. The morning mile was the second qualifier for Fiorella.
Keystone Kalimba (Bettors Delight—Keystone Kismet) won the last of the morning qualifiers, as the bay took a two-hole ride through slow fractions before being a clear winner at the wire in 2:02.4. The David Menary-trained and Jody Jamieson-driven Keystone Kalimba followed in the pocket through a :32.4 opening quarter, 1:05 opening half and 1:35.3 three quarters. Keystone Kalimba is now perfect after two qualifiers. She was a $45,000 Harrisburg purchase and is owned by Menary Racing Inc. (Rockton, Ont.), Michael Guerriero (Brampton, Ont.), Alan Alber (Thornhill, Ont.) and Shawn Gillespie (Lucan, Ont.).