With a 1:50 effort, Economy Terror captured the fastest of two $111,000 divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile. The other Garnsey split went to Romantic Moment in 1:50.3.
Leaving from post six in the second Garnsey division, Economy Terror was sent for the early lead by driver Dave Palone. Moving past the opening quarter in :27.3 still in front, Economy Terror then yielded to a fast-moving American Jewel and Tim Tetrick. Heading down the backstretch, American Jewel hit the half in :55.4. Moving through the final turn she reached the three-quarters in 1:23.1 and turning for home still held the lead.
In deep stretch Shelliscape and John Campbell came rushing fast, but it was Palone and Economy Terror who squeezed through on the pylons to edge American Jewel at the wire. Shelliscape settled for third.
Chris Oakes trains Economy Terror, the 2011 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year, for owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Ed Gold. The win was her fifth of the year in 12 starts, increasing her seasonal earnings to $374,430 and career total to more than $1.3 million.
In the first Garnsey division, Yannick Gingras moved Romantic Moment to the lead pas tthe quarter and the American Ideal filly never looked back en route to the victory. Despite drifting a bit to her right down the lane, American Jewel had more than enough to hold off Destiny's Chance (Jim Morrll Jr.) and Rockaround Sue (Andy Miller), who finished second and third, respectively.
Romantic Moment is a homebred of Brittany Farms. Trained by Jimmy Takter, the win was her ninth of the year in 13 starts, boosting her 2012 earnings to $801,002 and career total to more than $944,000.