, $168,790, WOX, 5-6, 4yo/up, 7f (AWT), 1:22 1/5, ft.
1--ESSENCE HIT MAN, 120, g, 5, by Speightstown 1st Dam: El Prado Essence (MGSW, $890,280), by El Prado (Ire)
2nd Dam: Quadrahope, by Quadratic
3rd Dam: Hope She's Bold, by Bold Forbes
O-Audre & Gordon Cappuccitti; B-A & G Cappuccitti (ON); T-Audre Cappuccitti; J-Jesse M Campbell; $108,508. Lifetime Record: Ch. Sprinter-Can, 20-9-4-3, $946,722. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
2--Big Band Sound
, 117, h, 5, Bernstein--Ensnare, by Seeking the Gold. ($60,000 RNA 2yo '09 FTFFEB). O-Kendel D Standlee; B-Richard Shultz (KY); T-Daniel J Vella; $30,141.
, 118, g, 6, Bold n' Flashy--Dance Lessons, by Foxhound. ($5,000 yrl '07 FTKOCT). O-Centennial Farms Inc; B-Fred Pace (KY); T-Mark E Casse; $16,578.
Margins: 3/4, 2HF, HF. Odds: 0.85, 7.90, 3.90.
Also Ran: Signature Red, Bear Tough Tiger, No Hesitation. Scratched: Something Extra.Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
The speedy Essence Hit Man captured the Jacques Cartier S. before a runner-up effort in this race a year ago and was looking to successfully complete the double this time around after a front-running 2 3/4-length victory in the Cartier last time out Apr. 7. The heavy favorite broke sharply and was soon on the lead with Signature Red (Bernstein) pressing through an opening quarter in :22.2, but Essence Hit Man soon shrugged off that rival and opened a clear lead. Canada's reigning sprint champion was two lengths in front after a half in :45.0 and three lengths in front at the top of the lane after three-quarters in 1:08.4, but tired noticeably in the final yards to just hold off the late-closing Big Band Sand. "He was better loading, he was better in the gate and he was able to get off to a better start," said winning rider Jesse Campbell, who has now ridden Essence Hit Man to three straight wins, beginning with last year's GIII Kennedy Road S. "He's a tired boy today. He knows where that wire is at. He ran hard."