Lady Rainbow Wins The Moni Maker
Lady Rainbow and trainer-driver Rick Zeron zipped up the passing lane to win the $233,400 Moni Maker for three-year-old filly trotters in a career-best 1:54.2 at The Meadows on Friday night
Firstclassprincess (Brian Sears) fired to command from the outside post position in front of Lady Rainbow, Caitrin Hall (Eric Ledford) and Beatgoeson Hanover (Dave Miller) while the popular Iron Lady (Dave Palone) made a costly miscue as the wings of the gate folded.
Firstclassprincess was first off the gate, but was quickly overtaken by Lady Rainbow as Zeron motored her to the top during the :28.4 opening quarter. The eventual winner then settled for a pocket ride as Beatgoeson Hanover swept to command as the fillies moved in front of the grandstand for the first time.
Beatgoeson Hanover proceeded to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.2 with Caitrin Hall moving first up. However, once they hit the top of the lane, Lady Rainbow shot up the rail and opened up a three length lead to secure the victory. Beatgoeson Hanover and Firstclassprincess finished second and third.
While the win was Lady Rainbow's first of the season in nine stakes starts, she has not missed a cheque, earning over $520,000 for her connections in 2011. The daughter of Muscles Yankee-Sunshinenlollipops was a runner-up in the Hudson Filly Trot, and her last three starts including the Simcoe Stakes, the American National and the Hambletonian Oaks.
"I haven’t left with her all year because it’s a long year for her,” said Zeron. “She’s been coming from 10 lengths back at the half and not winning any. I was talking to my son Scott, and he said, ‘For goodness sake, when are you ever going to leave with her?’ I said, ‘Tonight. How would that be?’
“I wouldn’t have cared if it were a $4,000 purse. It’s just getting that win. I’m glad she got that monkey off her back,” added the 2010 O'Brien Award winner of Horsemanship.
Lady Rainbow is owned by the Rick Zeron Stables of Oakville, Ont., The Camel Club Stable of Hamilton, Ont., Herbert Chambers of Richmond Hill, Ont., and the Rojan Stables of Wilmington, Delaware.
She paid $8.40 to win.
(With quotes from The Meadows)