view counter
 
view counter
 
 

Bella Bellini, 'Reign' Dazzle In PA All-Stars

Published: June 13, 2021 10:30 pm ET

No Comments | Jump to Comments

Bella Bellini and Dazzling Reign, both winners at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono last Sunday but in different classes, were united this Sunday (June 13) in each capturing a $37,500 division of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old trotting fillies at the northeast Pennsylvania oval.

The Bar Hopping filly Bella Bellini, successful in a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) last week despite having to go uncovered, again had to overcome first-over duties, but she did so in spectacular fashion in 1:54. 2020 Breeders Crown winner Lady Chaos got command past a :27.4 quarter, and after getting a stroll to the half in :58.1 — with Bella Bellini still five lengths behind — the path looked good for Lady Chaos, winner of the other PASS cut seven days ago. But Dexter Dunn got the "Nifty" Norman-trained filly underway up the backside and uncorked a sizzling own last half of :54.4/:27 to easily sail past Lady Chaos by two-and-a-half lengths. Anoka Hanover, well-placed on the winner’s back, ruined her chances with a break.

After going winless in seven starts at two, Bella Bellini has now put together a 7-5-2-0 tally this season, with the two losses each by only a half length in Sire Stakes legs. Owner David Mc Duffee appears to have a filly fully capable of competing on the national stage.

The Father Patrick filly Dazzling Reign had posted two wins and a second in her last three starts against Stallion Series horses; here she showed he could handle tougher company, including odds-on favourite Love Muffin, while equaling her mark of 1:54.1. The chalk, winner of two-straight Sire Stakes before a miscue last week, was used hard to a :26.3 quarter for the top, but she backed the midrace splits down to :56.3 and 1:25.1. Dazzling Reign kept inching up uncovered, and in the end driver Todd McCarthy was able to get her past Love Muffin by a nose for trainer Claude Huckabone III and owner James Crawford IV.

The American Harness Driver Club amateur series made a visit to Pocono Sunday, and in a race with several lead changes, the Andover Hall gelding Inaperfectworld and owner-driver Tony Ciuffetelli had the advantage at the wire. The Jordan Derue trainee held off the oncharging Zooming and former national champion Steve Oldford by a head in 1:58.2. The 59-year-old Ciuffetelli now has 75 driving victories, with 49 coming in the last six years.

Pocono’s Monday (June 14) 12:30 p.m. (EDT) card will again find the toughest claiming trotters on the grounds facing each other in a $12,800 feature. Program pages are available at the PHHA website.

(PHHA / Pocono)


view counter
 
 
 

© 2021 Standardbred Canada. All rights reserved. Use of this site signifies your agreement and compliance with the legal disclaimer and privacy policy.

Firefox 3 Best with IE 7 Built with Drupal