MILTON, June 16, 2018 – Shower Play arrived on the scene late to score with a wide-rally in Saturday’s $415,000 Fan Hanover, at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Trained by Rene Dion and in rein to Louis Phillipe Roy, the Ontario-sired daughter of Shadow Play picked up her first major career score following a strong second in last week’s elimination to Kissin In The Sand.
“Every time I drove her, even when I qualified her, she surprised me more and more,” said Roy. “I knew she was ready for more. Last week after the race, I was in the drivers’ room and I told James (MacDonald), next week, if I get a good draw I think I’m a winner in there. With the four-hole I was happy and the trip worked out good.”
Kendall Seelster was quick off the gate but a fired up Ubettergo Go was sent with intent by Tim Tetrick to mark the opening quarter in :26.1. Doug McNair put Alexis Faith into motion down the back straight to make the half in :54.3 with Just Her Luck popping out from fifth position as the combatants jostled for position.
Alexis Faith and Just Her Luck continued their battle from the top of the lane but as the smoke cleared it was Roy and a resurgent Shower Play who stormed home with authority in 1:50.2.
“Going down the backstretch, I tried to flush Scott (Zeron, Kissin In The Sand) early a little bit because I wanted him to be first up and I knew Kissin In the Sand was probably the one to beat,” said Roy. “I told myself if I could be second over behind her, that would be perfect for me.
“But, just a little bit later Chris (Christoforou, Just Her Luck) went first up,” continued Roy. “And, actually, Kissin In The Sand got the perfect trip and I had to beat her, but the filly showed she was so good and did the job.”
Shower Play, bred in Ontario by Tara Hills Stud Ltd and owned by Dion with Susanne J. Kerwood and Martin Leveillee, paid $8.20 to win.