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Pocono Hosts PASS For Pacing Fillies

Published: June 29, 2010 10:32 pm ET

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Ruffles Kiss, Odds On Moinet and Aspectofmusic won their respective Pennsylvania Sire Stakes assignments for three-year-old pacing fillies Tuesday at Pocono Downs.

It was a thrilling stretch duel between Ruffles Kiss (Joe Pavia, Jr.) and 1-5 favourite Dancinwiththrestarz (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in the opening division before the former won by a neck with a 1:52 time for the mile.

The two favourites in the race were 1-2 at the half with Dancinwiththestarz in front with the half timed in :56. It remained that way the rest of the mile with the second-place horse getting to the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2.

“My filly is getting better every week,” said Pavia, Jr., who also trains Ruffles Kiss. “She’s coming into her own. I tried to duck inside but Jimmy is too smart for that and kept me out before the three-quarter pole. I dropped back in at the last turn and Jimmy’s horse got a little tired.”

The win was the second straight in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition for Ruffles Kiss, who was coming off a 1:51.4 victory at Harrah’s Chester Downs.

Odds On Moinet, also driven by Morrill, Jr., won by a head over a fast-closing Its De Lovely in the second sire stakes division.

Morrill, Jr. gave the winner, trained by Robin Schadt, a pocket trip behind All Heart Gal (George Napolitano Jr.). The latter got to the opening split in :27.1, half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.2 before finishing third. Odds On Moinet closed in 27.3 to win for the seventh time in nine starts this year with earnings of more than $143,000.

Aspectofmusic (Yannick Gingras) was a 10-1 longshot winner of the third stakes division.

Quick fractions took its toll on favourites Native Doll (Brett Miller) and World Fame (Pavia, Jr.), who battled to the half and three-quarter pole. Gingras sat fifth for three-quarters of the race and came home in :30 seconds to win this division with a time of 1:53. Sand Gesture (Napolitano Jr.) finished second in the race with Native Doll third.

(Pocono Downs)

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