Shoot it Strait was on a mission in the $8,800 fillies and mares conditioned pace at Northfield Park Sunday, March 6. The Indiana sired mare scored the win in 1:56.4 with Jason Thompson in the bike.
Starting from post six, Shoot it Strait moved over to the rail near the back of the pack as Perfect Bella and Billy Davis Jr. used their inside post to their advantage and moved out to the lead. They passed the quarter in :28.1 and moving into the second turn, Shoot it Strait was out and moving forward, flushing Skymaster and Chris Lems to the outside, causing her momentum to move her three wide for a few strides before stepping back over in second over fashion to the half in :58.1.
Heading down the backstretch for the final time, Perfect Bella was under serious pressure from the trailing horses and Shoot it Strait moved three-wide, overtaking the leader midway through the final turn. In the stretch, Thompson kept Shoot it Strait in full form, posting the win by one length over Tinos Badgirl and Kurt Sugg. First Virgin and Justin Irvine came up the inside to finish third.
Shoot it Strait paid $13.60 for the win. The six-year-old daughter of Tellitlikeitis is owned by Walter Ward of Maine and trained by Frederick Ward Jr. The mare, who is out of the Real Desire mare Dancin Desire, was bred by Rosebud Bloodstockfarm and Charlie Conrad. She is now three for six in 2022 with earnings over $30,000. Her career best time was taken earlier this year in 1:56.2 at Northfield.
Shoot it Strait was one of four Indiana sired winners in the first five races on the card at Northfield Sunday. Joining her as a winner was ER Simon in the optional claiming event with a purse of $9,000. The eight-year-old Real Desire gelding moved three wide in the final turn for Billy Davis Jr. before drawing off from the field in the stretch, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:53.3. Rocken Camnation, the 13-year-old son from the great Eternal Camnation, finished second for driver Chris Lems and Clairmont and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. finished third.
ER Simon, bred by the Eash Racing Stable, paid $7.00 for the win. It was the second win of the season for the gelding, who took his career mark of 1:50.2 at Harrah’s Hoosier Park as a six-year-old. He now has more than $170,000 in earnings. Rocken Camnation, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, was claimed out of the event by Mason Shaw.
Other Indiana sired winners on the card included Royal Chief and Aaron Merriman in 1:56.3 and Jet Airliner and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. in 1:53.2.