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“She Couldn’t Be Much Better”

Published: June 5, 2014 4:22 pm ET

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Perfect Alliance will put her perfect 10-for-10 seasonal record on the line Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the first of two Armbro Flight eliminations for older female trotters.

The four-year-old Perfect Alliance is coming off a world-record 1:51.2 win over 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician on May 19 in a division of the Miss Versatility Series at Woodbine. The time is the fastest by a four-year-old female trotter on a mile racetrack.

Perfect Alliance is the 3-5 morning line favourite in her elimination, which also includes Upfrontluckycarol, Intense America, Rockin With Dewey, Ma Chere Hall, Bax Of Life, and Lady Laker. Perfect Alliance will start from Post 7 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Julie Miller.

Perfect Alliance had totaled two wins in 18 starts at ages two and three before bursting onto the scene this season with wins in the Singer Memorial Series and Bobby Weiss Series.

“She couldn’t be much better,” Gingras said. “She’s done everything asked of her and has been very impressive. I couldn’t be happier with her.”

Gingras, who also is the regular driver of Maven, the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter in the United States, has been driving Perfect Alliance since Andy Miller was injured in an accident in April. Maven just recently returned from Sweden, where she finished sixth in the international invitational Elitlopp.

“I think (Perfect Alliance) fits really well (with the top older female trotters) off that last start,” Gingras said. “You really don’t know until they go out and do it, but she had raced very well and I felt she had some more. I was very happy to find out she did.”

Four-year-old Bee A Magician is the 6-5 favourite in the second Armbro Flight elimination, with Classic Martine the second choice at 8-5. It will be Bee A Magician’s second start of the campaign after having gone 17-for-17 last season on her way to Horse of the Year honours in both the U.S. and Canada. She is trained by Nifty Norman and driven by Brian Sears.

Chris Oakes’ Classic Martine, another four-year-old, has won all three of her starts this season, including her division of the Miss Versatility in 1:52.2. One race earlier, she won in 1:51.2 at Pocono Downs to become the fastest four-year-old female trotter on a five-eighths-mile oval.

The remainder of the second Armbro Flight elim field features Angies Lucky Star, Charmed Life, Daylon Miracle, and Dorsay.

To view the harness racing entries for Friday at Mohawk, click the following link: Friday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.


This story courtesy of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association. For more information, visit www.ustrotting.com.


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