As Drillit was leaving the field in her dust down the stretch in the $150,000 John W. Galbreath Memorial Stakes at Thistledown yesterday, the track announcer bellowed, "Drillit is widening with every stride . . . Drillit is running the race of her life." That observation was right on the money as the daughter of Drill's final margin at the end of 1 1/16 miles was an eye-opening 16 1/4 lengths.
The Ohio-bred filly, 2-1 second choice in a field of 13, was up on the pace from the outset and turned for home with 3-1 shot Totally Obsessed right on her tail. But in the matter of a mere few strides, Drillit ended any suspense, winning her second stakes in a row while raising her record to 3-1-1 in five starts. The $90,000 winner's check boosted her earnings to $175,500.
Drill's great weekend success was not confined to Ohio. At Laurel Park, Olive Kat scored a convincing victory in a $45,720 maiden special at six furlongs. With Ashley Castrenze aboard, the Get Away Farm-bred filly was away quickly on the rail and she raced head-and-head for the lead through fractions of :22.06, :45.36 and :57.36. Heading for home she separated herself from the field and drew off by four lengths, clocked in a sharp 1:10.20. In her second start, Olive Kat collected $22,800 while becoming Drill's sixth winner, second best among Florida's freshman sires.