Track record. Stakes record. National season's record. World record. That's the accolades earned by Maven in the $125,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares Thursday afternoon at the Delaware, Ohio, fairgrounds after she steamed around the two-turn oval in 1:51.4. The time smashed the previous world mark for 4-year-old trotting mares on a half-mile track by three full seconds (Lifelong Victory, 1:54.4, in 1996).
Driven by Yannick Gingras, Maven left fast--really fast--from post two as breaks by Personal Style and D'Orsay essentially reduced the field to six. Maven reached the first quarter in :26.4, and then Gingras was able to rate the daughter of Glidemaster to a second quarter of :29, reaching the half in :55.4. Maven then tripped the three-quarter timer in 1:23.4 before closing out the record mile with a final quarter of :28. Maven bested runner-up Bax Of Life (John Campbell) by 7 1/4 lengths, with Daylon Miracle (Jody Jamieson) third.
Trained by Jonas Czernyson, Maven won for the seventh time in 10 starts this year. Owned by William J. Donovan, Maven has career earnings of more than $1.2 million.