Anndrovette earned her third straight Roses Are Red Stakes title as she dug in down the stretch to fend off Somwherovrarainbow in the $330,000 final for pacing mares Saturday night at Mohawk. She was the 6-5 favorite. The guys competed in the $100,000 Mohawak Gold Cup and Quebec-owned Evenin Of Pleasure pulled off an 80-1 shocker for the local team of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Richard Moreau.
Anndrovette delivered another win, this time in 1:49.1. When the wings of the gate closed, Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) fired from the outside post 10 and grabbed the lead well before the first turn over inside elimination winner Yagonnakissmeornot (Ron Pierce). However, post four starter Anndrovette, with Tim Tetrick aboard, pressed on and took over command at the :26.3 quarter pole.
The three-time divisional champion proceeded to lead the top mares to the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:21.4 while Somwherovrarainbow advanced first- over from fourth with Shelliscape (Corey Callahan) on her back and Shebestingin (David Miller) third-over.
Somwherovrarainbow moved up alongside Anndrovette around the final turn and applied heavy pressure into the stretch, but the two-time defending champion fought back to score the one length victory. Somwherovrarainbow settled for second and Rocklamation finished third.
Even Of Pleasure scored the biggest win of his career in 1:49.2 for owner Gestion Jean Yves Blais of Montreal.
The field was scratched down to nine with Warrawee Needy sick and Bettors Edge (Ron Pierce) hustled off the gate from the outside to carve out panels of :26.4, :55.3 and 1:22.4. Meanwhile, the sport's richest pacer Foiled Again (Gingras) and 3-2 favorite and Molson Pace champion State Treasurer (Chris Christoforou) followed in second and third with the later moving first up into the final turn and the former pulling the pocket down the stretch.
However, it was Evenin Of Pleasure who slipped up the pylons to prevail in the final strides. Foiled Again was second and Bettors Edge was third over State Treasurer. The four-year-old son of Dragon Again out of Armbro Amour, who has been racing among the conditioned ranks on the WEG circuit, returned a whopping $164.30 to win. The win was his eighth lifetime and his career bankroll soared to $233,997. (Standardbred Canada)