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Trotting Fillies Battle In Bluegrass


Published: October 15, 2010 1:13 am ET

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Freshmen trotting fillies found themselves in the spotlight at The Red Mile on Thursday afternoon, with four divisions of the Bluegrass Series kicking off Grand Circuit action.

Cedar Dove rallied from out of the clouds to take her $87,500 division in a time of 1:59.1 for driver Ron Pierce and trainer Noel Daley. The daughter of Andover Hall-Pine For Her watched Hot Off The Press (Andy Miller) dictate the pace through panels of :29.2, 1:01.2 and 1:31.4 before sprouting wings. Cedar Dove uncorked a :26.4 final frame to prevail by half a length over Pilgrims Truffles (John Campbell). Hot Off The Press had to settle for the show dough.

Sent off as the even-money favourite despite coming into the rich test as a maiden, Cedar Dove improved her rookie record to 1-1-0 in three tries for the partnership of Adam Victor & Son Stble of New York, NY and John Fielding of Toronto, ON. The $55,000 purchase from last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale has banked $56,250 to date.

Brooklyn survived a first-over trip to win the $88,500 second division for the team of driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Frank Antonacci. The Conway Hall-Anna Karins Girl miss watched Epona Blue Chip (Ray Schnittker) and Sashay (Ron Pierce) take turns on the lead through splits of :29, :57.4 and 1:28.2 before brushing to the top and prevailing by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:59.2. Epona Blue Chip held on bravely to finish second, while Unique Bluestone (Dave Magee) finished third.

Sent off as the even-money choice, Brooklyn bettered her record to 4-1-0 from just six trips postward. The $100,000 Lexington Select Yearling Sale purchase gave the Adam Victor And Son Stble of New York, NY the sweep of the first two divisions. Her lifetime earnings jumped to $68,249 with the win.

Lady Rainbow and Wincinnatti hit the finish line together in a time of 1:57.4 and then shared the winner’s circle in the $88,500 third division. Crème De Cocoa (D.R. Ackerman) got away with sensible splits of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:30.2 before being overtaken by a host of backfield challengers. Wincinnatti (John Campbell) and Lady Rainbow (Rick Zeron) both fired home in a :27-second clip en route to sharing the win in a time of 1:57.4. Third prize went to Miss Sue V (Brian Sears)

Lady Rainbow, who is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, The Camel Club Stable, Rojan Stables and Herb Chambers, now owns a 3-1-2 record from just seven trips to the track in 2010. The homebred daughter of Muscles Yankee-Sunshinenlollipops bumped her bankroll to $167,489 with the win.

Wincinnatti, who races for the Allens – Jason, Doug and Ronald, improved to 2-1-0 in five attempts while pushing her earnings to $36,187. The 1:57.4 performance was a lifetime best effort for the daughter of Windsongs Legacy-Enbeecee, who was purchased for $140,000 from the 2009 Harrisburg Yearling Sale.

Tight Pants swept the field in the $88,500 final division for the duo of driver David Miller and trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. The daughter of Muscles Yankee-Soutaine Hanover, who was eighth at the three-quarter pole in the eight-filly affair, used a :27-second final frame to get up for the 1:59 decision. She drew off to win by a pair of lengths over Caitrin Hall (Tim Tetrick), with third-place finisher Massive Drama (John Campbell) another three-quarters of a length in arrears.

The victory extended Tight Pants’ winning streak to six-in-a-row while pushing her lifetime earnings to $134,080. The homebred is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.

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