Plainville, MA — Matching a career best seventh win of the year, Powered By Mach made short work of her peers in the $17,500 fillies and mares Open II at Plainridge Park on a Thursday afternoon (Sept. 22) that saw races contested over a sloppy track in a relentless day-long rain.
Jay Randall fired Powered By Mach off the gate and took a two-length lead to the quarter in :27 flat while Adashious Hanover (driven by Bruce Ranger) sat the pocket and the rest of the field stayed behind in single-file formation. There was no movement from there until the half, when Probert (Brett Beckwith) made a move from last and advanced to fourth, but then hung there to the three-quarters. Powered By Mach was not affected by the challenge and maintained a controlled two-length lead heading into the last turn. When the race reached the top of the stretch, Ranger tipped Adashious Hanover and started to urge the mare towards the front, but Powered By Mach responded and kept her at bay while pacing home comfortably to win in 1:53.
The Jimmy Nickerson-trained Powered By Mach, who paid $4.60 to win, now has $86,274 made this year for owner Fox Racing.
Randall ended the day with a total of three driving wins.
Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 25), and the card will feature the beginning of the $2.5 million (est.) Massachusetts Sire Stakes with all divisions of 3-year-olds competing in their first legs. Two-year-olds will take the track on Monday (Sept. 26) for their seasonal bow. Post time for both days is at 2 p.m. Free full past performance race programs for all live race days can be downloaded by visiting the track’s website.