Ghosttothepost had a bit of an adventurous journey in her $15,000 Weiss section, but the American Ideal filly came through with flying colors, taking a new mark of 1:53. George Napolitano chose to keep his charge in third as his brother Anthony rushed up with McCoolen before the half, and then was able to slip out behind that one as Cardiff, another first-round Weiss winner, posted fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:24.4.
The stretch battle boiled down to the even-money Cardiff and the 4-5 Ghosttothepost, with the latter swinging wide off her cover and having the most late to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Darren Ferrell conditions the fast mare for owner Peter Paul Venturini.
Eighteen minutes previously, Napolitano put the Art Major filly Ashlee Sparkles on top past a :27.4 split, posted middle numbers of :57 and 1:25.3, then withstood the heated late charge of pocket rival Final Escape by a head in 1:53.4. The winner’s only two starts of 2019 have been Weiss victories for trainer Blake MacIntosh, who shares ownership with Hutt Racing Stable, Jacqueline Tierney and the Mortgage Boys Stable.
In the third Weiss section, the Sportswriter filly Girl’s Got Rhythm ran her lifetime record to 2-for-2 as she overcame the outside post eight and a two-move journey to prevail by a half length over 50-1 shot Flipping Fun in 1:53.1. Unraced at two, Girl’s Got Rhythm broke her maiden in her debut, then handled the shift to Weiss action with aplomb for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Nicholas DeVita and owner John Cummins.
While Napolitano led all drivers with six wins on the day, Jim Morrill Jr. fashioned three victories on the Monday card.