Honorable Daughter's career unbeaten streak ended at six Tuesday afternoon at The Red Mile as the 2-year-old filly trotter made a break heading into the first turn in the fourth of five $74,600 International Stallion Stake divisions, opening the door for a 1:56 victory by second-choice Seaside.
Driver David Miller found a seat early with Seaside as the John Campbell-driven Honorable Daughter made her miscue shortly after the start. The winner of a Bluegrass division last week in Lexington, Seaside rolled up on the outside down the backstretch to take the lead from Ok To Play and Tim Tetrick, and the two sprinted away from the field down the stretch.
Seaside was too much for Ok To Play and she held on to the victory, with Grand Cameron closing for third for Ron Pierce. With more than $9,000 of the $10,000-plus show pool on Honorable Daughter, it left payoffs of: Seaside, $4, $3.80, $19.80; Ok To Play, $9, $70; and Grand Cameron, $67.80.
"I was planning on getting away somewhere in the middle of the pack," said Miller afterward, 'but when (Honorable Daughter) ran it made things easier for us."
Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Yankee Glide for owner Thomas Dillon. The win was her seventh in 11 starts, increasing her earnings to more than $161,000.
Margarita Momma won the first $74,600 ISS split with a 1:55.1 effort for driver Pierce. Leaving from post one, Margarita Momma took the early lead, followed by the Campbell-driven One Tough Girl and Windsong Soprano, driven by Trace Tetrick. Tetrick was subbing for regular driver Steve Condren, whose plane was delayed leaving Toronto.
The top threesome trotted around the track through fractions of :29.1, :59 and 1:27.4 with the order unchanged, and that's how they crossed the wire.
A $50,000 yearling purchase, Margarita Momma is trained by Jan Johnson. The win was her fourth straight and fifth in nine starts, increasing her earnings to more than $210,000.
Up Front Annike, driven by Pierce, won the second ISS split, defeating Southwind Wasabi and driver Campbell, with All Star Hanover and Miller third. The 1:55.1 clocking was a career best for the daughter of Andover Hall owned by Ed Mullinax and Murray Brown and trained by Kelly O'Donnell. The win was her second in seven starts to increase her earnings to more than $88,000.
American National winner Musical Mystery captured the third ISS division with a 1:56.2 effort for driver Campbell and trainer Ron Gurfein. Gift Card was second for Tim Tetrick with a second Gurfein trainee, Dover Miss, taking third for Mike Lachance.
Bred and owned by Brittany Farms, Musical Mystery is a daughter of Cantab Hall out of the Valley Victory mare Musical Victory. THe win was her fifth in eight starts, boosting her bankroll to more than $143,000.
The last $74,600 ISS split went to Missy's Doubt Fire, who trotted a career-best 1:57.2 in finding the winner's circle for the second time in 10 starts. Trainer Jimmy Takter climbed into the sulky behind the daughter of Cantab Hall out of the $329,000-winning mare Missy's Goalfire as she defeated Neith's Song and Tetrick with B Nicki and Paul MacDonell third.
Owned by Deseks Ab of Sweden, Missy's Doubt Fire increased her career earnings to more than $110,000 with the ISS win.