Used twice in the race, Certified Ideal still was much the best in capturing Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.
Certified Ideal was looped from the gate by the 9-5 favorite, Foxy Lady, but found a seat fifth. When Tony Hall moved her first over, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last put Foxy Lady away in the final turn and scored in 1:52.2, 2 lengths better than Ladystar. Phone Terror was third.
Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who now boasts $231,042 in career earnings, and owns with Mike Novosel, Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton.
Dave Palone and Hall each drove three winners on the 15-race card. (The Meadows)