SA TROTS -Wrap up by Fisch
Smart mare Mosaic Art took luck out of the equation with a brilliant all-the-way win at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
The five-year-old mare, trained by Aaron Bain, had been racing without luck from awkward draws but in The Globe Bar & Gaming Mares Pace (1800m) she flew out of the mobile to find the front from gate six.
Bain said he had discussed the idea of leading with Mosaic Art’s driver Samantha Pascoe.
“The mare does have gate speed and looking at the front row runners we thought there wasn’t too much speed inside,” Bain said.
“She was also running against her own sex tonight after taking on the best in the state at her recent runs.”
Pascoe gave Mosaic Art a stirring warm up pre-race and the mare was ready to go when the starter said go.
Mosaic Art ($2.70 fav) had no trouble finding the front and was never seriously challenged from then on eventually scoring by 15.8 metres from Easy Rolling ($4.60) with Come On Sloopy ($26), 1.4 metres away third.
The win was Pascoe’s 199th in the sulky but she was not able to reach 200 on the night.
The win would have been a pick me up for Bain’s stable foreman, his father Peter, who suffered a nasty arm injury during trackwork on Saturday morning.
A horse Bain was driving choked down and steered towards the outside fence of the Gawler track near the 400-metre mark.
The shaft of his sulky smashed into the outside fence ripping it open and Bain’s right arm made contact ripping the underpart of his arm.
He was rushed to Gawler hospital and then transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and underwent corrective surgery on Saturday afternoon.
Bain said he hoped not to be sidelined for too long but admitted he had never seen so much blood when the accident occurred.
Mosaic Art is scheduled to run at Mildura this Friday in a non-metro winner’s event before tackling the famed Norman Memorial (1800m) at Globe Derby Park on Saturday, May 20.
The trainer added he hoped to take the mare to Melbourne to contest suitable races.
On Saturday, Mosaic Art sprinted home her final 400 metres in a slick 27.8 seconds with an overall mile rate of 1:57.4.
Giftedfromtheheart, which won a week earlier for trainer Virginia trainer Kerry Green repeated the effort in the Viss Water Pace (1800m).
Driven by Darren Billinger, Giftedfromtheheart started at $6.50 but led throughout to beat Carly Morgan ($3.40 fav) by a half neck with Clarenden Legacy ($5.50) 6.5 metres away third.
Shane Loone, last year’s top trainer, had a victory with Jakes Sportswriter in the K&S Electrical Claiming Pace (1800m).
The nine-year-old was aggressively driven by young reinsman Corey Johnson coming out to sit parked throughout.
In the straight, Jakes Sportswriter ($2.70) drew clear to win by 1.6 metres from the fast-finishing Soho Tsunami ($16) with Ruthless Armbro ($7) a head away third.
Angle Vale trainer-driver Dean Girardi has done an excellent job with Thumbs Up and the gelding notched another win in the Eco-Wise Plumbing Group Pace (2230m).
After leading early with Thumbs Up, Girardi allowed Ubetcha to come with a run mid-race and take the lead.
The six-year-old, a $7 chance, used the sprint lane over the final 200 metres to sprint through and beat Ubetcha ($4.40) by 2.3 metres with Our Major Jack ($5), 1.5 metres away third.
Quality trotter Lovelorn showed good courage to score a photo finish win in the TAB Venue Mode Trotters Mobile (2230m).
Top driver Danielle Hill took the five-year-old to the front mid race and rated him perfectly to give his rivals something to chase.
Trained by Jill Neilson at Penfield, Lovelorn ($3.10) had to withstand a late charge from Im Hector ($5.50) which is trained at Wasleys by Claire Goble.
Driver Corey Johnson angled Im Hector into the sprint lane and the gelding sprinted quickly but Lovelorn refused to concede and won by a half head.
Super Angus ($2.90 fav), trained and driven by Samantha Pascoe, was six metres away third.
Story Graham Fischer
Photo Walter Bulyga