Freshman sire Drill picked up his second winner yesterday when Terry Houghton guided Drillit to an eye-catching debut victory in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special at Thistledown. The filly was half of a two-ply Mast Thoroughbreds entry trained by Robert Gorham, and they were sent to the post at odds of 9/2.
Houghton sent Drillit to the lead and she was in front by a head at the first two calls, before she opened up down the lane and left the field in her wake. The filly bred by Eric Heyman in Ohio coasted home by 8 1/4 lengths over stablemate Candy Lane, with favored Baby Nina 21 lengths back. The victory was worth $18,000 and moved Drill into fourth place among Florida's freshman sires. By finishing 1-2, and with the favorite off the board, the entry thrilled their backers with an across-the-board payoff of $11.60, $13.60 and $8.80.