Saturday, October 18, 2008
JOHNSON DIVISIONS TO CANADIAN BALLET, COCKTAIL ATTIRE
East Rutherford, NJ [Oct. 18, 2008] - Canadian Ballet glided to an easy victory in the first of two $60,000 P.G. Johnson splits for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
With Cornelio Velasquez aboard, Canadian Ballet [$6.20, $3.20, $2.60] drew off to a four-length victory over Kosmo's Buddy [$3.04, $2.40] and Big Easy [$4.20]. She stepped the five furlongs in 55.89 over a firm turf course.
Trained by Linda Rice, Canadian Ballet has won four of 11 career starts and $235,889. The Obviously NY Stable owns the daughter of City Zip-Canadian Flagship [Northern Flagship].
Cocktail Attire, the only maiden in the field, got up in the final strides to take the second P.G. Johnson division by a head over Libor Lady in 56.04. Rajiv Maragh was in the irons. It was three-quarters of a length back to Lost Without You in third.
"It kind of worked out good for me because two horses went and dueled," Maragh said. "I had a good rail position on them so I wasn't losing too much ground. I got out when it was really time to go. We were kind of looking for the lead, but in these five-eighths turf races other people are too. She got a bit out-footed, so I had to settle for second position and it worked out good for me."
Michael Trombetta trains Cocktail Attire for Three Diamonds Farm. The grey filly is a daughter of Distorted Humor out of the El Prado mare Seventh Choice.
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