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Rookie Trotting Fillies Battle in Bud Light

Published: July 6, 2008 10:30 am ET

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A trio of $38,952 Bud Light Stakes divisions highlighted the Sunday evening program at Flamboro Downs, with two-year-old trotting fillies in the spotlight.

Keep In Dutch, a filly from the first crop of millionaire In Conchnito, took the opening division despite making a break for trainer Bob McIntosh and driver Steve Condren.

The heavily favoured filly made a miscue shortly after the start, but regained her composure and rallied to win in a time of 2:04. Justwin (George Zirnis) was second and Paradox Countessa (Wayne Henry) finished third.

The homebred filly is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. of Windsor, Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH.

Daylon Mystique came within a fifth of a second from equaling the track record when she stopped the teletimer in 1:59.4 in the second split for trainer/driver Wayne Henry.

The Amigo Hall filly, who was sent off at odds of 8-1, rallied to win by six lengths over even-money favourite Oaklea Rae (Mark Etsell), who had to settle for the runner-up award. Keystone Betty (Steve Condren) was third.

Purchased for $18,000 at last year's Forest City Yearling Sale, Keystone Mystique is owned by Henry Stable of Arthur and Daniel McCann of Parkhill, Ontario.

Raising Rachel needed every inch of the racetrack to prevail by a nose in the third division for driver Steve Condren, who rallied the John Kopas trainee to the win in a time of 2:05.2.

The daughter of Yankee Glide kicked out a :30-second final quarter to sprint past runner-up Town Hall Babe (Wayne Henry) and third-place finisher (Trevor Henry) in the closing strides. All three fillies finished within a nose of one another.

The $75,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase is owned by Mel Hartmann of Ottawa, KR Stable of Milton, Doug Millard of Woodstock, ON and George Hempt of Camp Hill, PA.

Flamboro Downs will roll out the red carpet on August 27th for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings for its next round of Bud Light Stakes.

To view Sunday's results, click here.

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