Certified Ideal pulled the pocket at the half and rolled to a convincing victory in Monday's $22,500 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows.
Nosed out last week by Do Me Honor, Certified Ideal found herself behind Do Me Honor after the two dueled for the early lead. When Tony Hall moved Certified Ideal, the 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Areba's Last blew by Do Me Honor, widened her lead and scored in 1:52.4 on a "good” surface. Do Me Honor was a game second, 2 1/2 lengths back, with Phone Terror third.
Randy Bendis trains Certified Ideal, who extended her career bankroll to $178,392, and owns with Mike Novosel Jr., Tom Pollack and James Walton.
Dave Palone drove six winners on the 14-race card. (The Meadows)