CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 – Spirit To Win trotted the fastest mile by a two-year-old this year in Canada to capture the final of the Pure Ivory Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.
The three-week trotting series concluded with a small, but compact group of four freshman filly trotters vying for the winner’s share of the $45,800 purse.
Spirit To Win, who won leg two, got away third and advanced into second in the third quarter, while Southwind Champane, the leg one winner, cut the mile setting fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:27.2 to lead the field into the stretch.
In the stretch, Spirit To Win blew by Southwind Champane and cruised to a 4 ¾ length victory in a season’s best 1:55.3.
Southwind Champane held on for second, while Allies Gift was third and Drinksonthehouse rounded out the field in fourth.
A daughter of Cantab Hall – Celebrity Spirit, Spirit To Win has now won three of her four career starts for trainer Dustin Jones.
Spirit To Win sold for $35,000 at last November’s Harrisburg Sale and is owned by Frederick Hertrich III and Noblock Racing Stable.
Spirit To Win has now earned more than $37,000 in her young career.
She returned $2.30 to win.