P L Jill continued the dominant return to racing for trainer Ben Baillargeon with a seven-and-three-quarter length victory in the $36,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday (June 9).
A field of seven older trotters aligned for the weekly feature and, just like the last Preferred on March 16, seven-year-old mare P L Jill claimed the top spot for her fifth win of the season.
Driven by Mario Baillargeon, P L Jill got away fifth and made a move towards the top in the second quarter. On The Ropes and driver Jonathan Drury however did not yield the lead and scrapped with the 2-5 favourite throughout the middle half, eventually giving way ahead of three-quarters. Off a half of :56.2, P L Jill trotted a third quarter in :27.2 while dueling On The Ropes.
The three-quarter clocking of 1:23.4 did not impact P L Jill as she trotted home in :28.1 for an open-lengths score, timed in 1:52. On The Ropes held for second while R First Class (also trained by Baillargeon) and Big Rich completed the superfecta.
P L Jill is now five for 10 this season with $93,760 earned. The victory increases her career totals to 29 wins and $531,693 earned for owners Prince Lee Acres, Jill Coleman and Alan Christensen.
A $2 win ticket on P L Jill returned $2.80.
Ben Baillargeon’s barn won three races Monday and has now picked up six wins since racing returned last Friday.
Live harness racing resumes Thursday evening (June 11) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. (EDT).
(Woodbine Mohawk Park)
To view Tuesday’s harness racing results, click on the following link: Tuesday Results – Woodbine Mohawk Park.