By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
My Pal Shawn lagged behind Wrol Up and Starship Titan during Sunday’s 6½ Furlongs $5000 feature race for Class A&B horses, Geldings, Colts, Mares and Fillies at the Ellis Thomas Downs.
Then on the back stretch, My Pal Shawn began pulling even with the leaders before taking the lead with two Furlongs left and easily romped to a seven lengths going away victory over Wrol Up, covering the one and a half lap circuit in 1 minute, 23.2.
“He ran a little different to what we had hoped,” My Pal Shawn’s owner Alex Lake noted. “ We thought he would have gone a little sharper early but I guess the jockey didn’t want to harass him. We told him had a lot of horse, so he took his time in the race then just ate them up. But it’s special to win today and we are now waiting on the bigger contenders to come up front”
Enos Aaron said while Wrol Up’s first fair chance, he’s still finding his way. “He gets a little agitated coming on to the race and getting into the gate,” Aaron explained. “We’re still searching for him. My Pal Shawn showed his class and he beat us today.”
Lake said the Boxing Day races is likely the next run for My Pay Shawn and while he’s not sure who’d be in the field, he’d like a matchup with St. Croix’s St. Moose. “I don’t know if Doughmaker will be back out by then, that would be great, but, we just want top class competition. His training has been going very well. He doesn’t give any problems, takes his work, he’s a wonderful horse.”
Lake’s Trading Secrets had no answer for Bitter Sweet Dream in a match race over a Mile and 1-16 for Class B&C Horses, Geldings, Colts, Mares and Fillies, after Prince of Speed scratched in the fifth and final race on the card. Bitter Sweet Dreams went from gate to wire for a six lengths victory in 1:53.4, capturing the Lion’s share of the $4500 prize on offer.
The day began with Motion To Appeal, a 2-year old colt going to winners row, with California jockey Kelsey Camarillo getting her first victory in 26 mounts, in the race for Class E horses. She became just the second woman to ride at the Ellis Thomas Downs, as debutant Motion To Appeal turned back Orithyia, Miss Homer and LB Thunder, winning the 6 Furlongs race that has a $3,700 purse in 1:20.4.
Sin Mirar Atras sprinted to victory ahead of Mark It A Wynn and Southern Dunn, in a 7 Furlongs race for Class E& D horses which had $3,500 on the line. The winning time was 1:35.2.
Buy, Buy, Buy snatched the spoils of the $4,000 race for Class C horses over One Mile, turning in a time of one minute, 51.1, to get to the line ahead of Yes By Eric and Luxury Appeal.