Notorious Pink gives Alagna three-peat in Whenuwishuponastar

Milton, ON — Notorious Pink completed the sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series on Tuesday evening (Aug. 11) to give trainer Tony Alagna his third consecutive title in the event.

A field of nine 2-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the C$80,500 final of the Whenuwishuponastar, and dominance is a perfect word to describe the last three weeks and years of the event.

Notorious Pink swept through the Whenuwishuponastar Series for rookie pacing fillies with a 1:51.2 score in Tuesday’s final. New Image Media photo.

Notorious Pink was sent off as the 1-5 favorite after a pair of wire-to-wire wins in the preliminary legs. Driver Bob McClure, who celebrated a milestone Tuesday, changed tactics this week, getting away fifth while a group of rivals flashed early speed in search of a spot at the front.

Adashious Hanover made the front at an opening quarter of :26.4, allowed Extrilla Hanover to clear, and then retook the lead up to the half in :55.1.

Notorious Pink got her cue to go from McClure and confidently advanced first-up to within a head of the lead at three-quarters in 1:24. The Alagna trainee claimed the lead at the head of the lane and made no mistakes by kicking home in :27.2 for a career best 1:51.2 victory.

Postscript rallied from third-over to finish third by 3-1/2 lengths, while Spellcheck Hanover and Lady Midnight completed the superfecta.

“Tonight was definitely her best (race), but the first week I called on her to win and she showed me gears that nobody expected or I didn’t anyways and the next week I won by as little as I could and put her to sleep,” said McClure of Notorious Pink’s series sweep. “This week when she had a target … she was digging in that last turn and I was coming as slow as I could and she wanted to get around them.

“She just paced right through the wire like it was not even work, so she’s pretty impressive.”

A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Notorious Pink is now undefeated in four starts. She is a $35,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate and is owned by Alagna And Grant, Big Als Stables, Riverview Racing and Fodera And Head Stable.

Notorious Pink’s win gives trainer Alagna his third straight Whenuwishuponastar Series victory. All three series titles have come with daughters of the legendary Captaintreacherous, whom Alagna campaigned.

Next up for Notorious Pink is a trip to Lexington for the Kentucky Sire Stakes. She is eligible to the She’s A Great Lady, which takes place on Sept. 26 at Mohawk Park.

Tuesday evening’s card also saw driver Bob McClure surpass C$25 million in career earnings. The 2019 Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner took the evening’s second race with 3-year-old pacing filly Preeminence to reach the milestone.

“It’s a real nice feather in your cap,” said McClure of the milestone. “It’s a testament to a lot of people that got me here too, so I’m grateful.”

McClure reached the C$25 million mark during his 12th season of driving and has surpassed the C$5 million mark in each of the last two seasons, including a career high C$5.9 million in 2019.

Live racing resumes Thursday evening (Aug. 13) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.

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