Four finals of the Allerage Farms for older horses are on Sunday afternoon's card at The Red Mile, with Drop The Ball, Chapter Seven, Frenchfrysnvinegar and Bettor Sweet emerging victorious.
The first final on tap was the $70,000 contest for older pacing mares. Although the field raced in post-position order through first-half fractions of :28 and :55.3 led by Anndrovette and Tim Tetrick, it was Drop The Ball that outclosed the field from fourth with Yannick Gingras who reached the wire first in 1:49.2. Using a final quarter in :25.4, Drop The Ball was able to edge Rocklamation and Jim Morrill Jr. Anndrovette held onto third.
Ross Croghan trains the winning 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror for owners Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stables. The win was her sixth in 12 starts this year and third in her last four outings, one of which was a world-record 1:48.4 win on Aug. 31 at Harrah's Philadelphia. Drop The Ball's career earnings went to $931,643 with the Allerage victory.
Tetrick moved Chapter Seven to the lead coming out of the first turn in the $131,200 Allerage Open Horse Trot and the 4-year-old son of Windsong's Legacy never looked back en route to a 1:50.2 victory. Mister Herbie and Jody Jamieson gave chase down the stretch but the bid was futile and he had to settle for runner-up honors. Arch Madness and Brian Sears finished third.
Linda Toscano trains the winner for owners Richard Gutnick, Southwind Farm and Jerry and Theresa Silva. Chapter Seven's earnings are now more than $1.55 million.
The 2011 Breeders Crown champion Frenchfrysnvinegar made easy work of the $119,200 final for older trotting mares. Driver Jamieson left from post eight and secured the front moving into the first turn. The 7-year-old daughter of Angus Hall posted a first quarter of :26.4 and then trotted through fractions of :54.3 and 1:23.2 as she opened a four-length lead turning for home. Frenchfrysnvinegar closed out the mile with a final quarter of :28.3 as she easily held off Beatgoeson Hanover and Cedar Dove, who finished second and third, respectively.
Trained by Jeff Gillis and owned by David Smith, Frenchfrysnvinegar won for the eighth time in 24 starts this year. She has now made 132 starts over her career, with 29 victories adding nicely to her total earnings of more than $950,000. The Allerage win lowered her own national season's mark by two-fifths of a second.
Bettor Sweet overcame a first-over trip from the half with driver David Miller to win the $155,000 Allerage for older pacing horses. It was the 7-year-old gelding's first win in 15 starts this year.
Golden Receiver was leading when Bettor Sweet came alongside and the two pacers slugged it out turning for home. Bettor Sweet took the lead but Doug McNair had Aracache Hanover right behind. The wire arrived in time in 1:48.1 for Bettor Sweet as he held off Aracache Hanover. Foiled Again was able to take third money for Yannick Gingras.
John Cancelliere owns Bettor Sweet, a son of Bettor's Delight. With the Allerage victory, Bettor Sweet has earnings now topping $2.5 million.