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Despite Fouls, Drillit 3rd in $75,000 Tomboy Stakes


Despite being plagued by a series of fouls, Drillit was still able to finish a fast-closing third in the $75,000 Tomboy Stakes at Belterra Park yesterday.

The problems began just a few steps out of the gate, where the 3-year-old Drill filly, leaving from the No. 10 post, was crushed from the outside and pushed into the No. 9 horse, Here Comes Jigs, who dropped rider Ricardo Feliciano. By the time Terry Houghton straightened Drillit out, she was already dead last, and remained that way down the backstretch, more than 11 lengths behind the leader.

Coming to the final turn, Houghton wheeled Drillit to the far outside and she picked off horses two at a time, moving into contention at the top of the stretch. As she went after the leader, she was bothered twice by Market Success, who wound up finishing second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Drillit. There was no foul claim, and Drillit had to settle for the third-place check of $7,500.   

Drillit is her sire's leading money-winner with earnings of $195,910. She sports a record of 3-2-3-1 in nine starts, and in six stakes tries, her record is 2-1-2-1.