Saturday, December 11, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 11, 2004 . . . Two Mile Hill picked up her second stakes win Saturday with a perfect stalking trip in the $50,000 My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park. The muddy track had virtually no impact on the four-year-old filly, who broke her maiden in identical circumstances at the same distance in April at Churchill Downs.
Saturday’s win, Two Mile Hill’s second straight victory in just over three weeks, seems to confirm the assessment by Leslie Davis, assistant to trainer Anthony Reinstedler. “She has really matured,” said Davis. “ She’s always been a little nervous, but she seems to get better as she gets older.” The A. P. Indy filly did not race at two or three.
Jockey James Lopez, who returned to Turfway for the first time this meet, handled Two Mile Hill just the way she likes it. After a patient trip inside, she moved up in the turn to take the lead from pacesetter Red Cell and pulled steadily ahead to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Red Cell maintained her speed to keep second by a neck over Dick’s Chick, who moved up to take third. The favorite, Marwood, finished another 3 1/2 back in fourth.
“Coming just off the pace like this seems to be [Two Mile Hill’s] most effective style,” said Davis. “We wanted her to sit off the pace, we wanted somebody to go, and I was a little concerned that the 1 [Always Dreaming] didn’t go. She’s better when she can follow somebody. She doesn’t have to be far back, but she reacts better when she’s a little covered up early. This is what she likes to do—just sit right off the pace and pounce when she has room.”
Off as second choice at 3-1, Two Mile Hill paid $8.00, $4.60, and $4.20. Final time for the 1 1/16-mile effort was 1:44.40.
Two Mile Hill is now one-for-two at Turfway and four for 11 overall, including a win in the Golden Sylvia Handicap at Mountaineer in June. She has two seconds and a third on her resume as well.
The rest of the My Charmer field included, in order of finish, Clouds of Joy, Slammin’ Lil, Miss Wellspring, Always Dreaming, Kissinleaf, Turn to Lass, and Deed to the Gate. Whitewater Way scratched before post time.
Racing at Turfway continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Eastern.