Drill moved into a tie for second place with respect to number of winners on the Florida freshman sire list when the wonderfully-named Phyllis Driller annihilated the field in a mile and 40-yard maiden race at Tampa Bay Downs yesterday. The filly owned and bred by Martin and Emily Goodell began her career at Presque Isle Downs, but since shipping to Tampas has flourished with a first, second and third in three starts.
Phyllis Driller became winner No. 9 for Drill with a stunning performance under Ronnie Allen Jr. The veteran rider put her on the lead at the outset and the filly lengthened her margin at every pole, opening up by six lengths in the stretch and widening to nine at the finish. With the two solid efforts at Tampa behind her, she paid just $4.60 as favorite, while earning a check of $7,860 for the Goodells, plus a breeders' award of more than $1,700.
Aside from his deadlock for second with nine winners, Drill will finish third on the Florida freshman money list, currently with progeny earnings of $425,398.