A and GsConfusion sets record in Shes A Great Lady
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There was no confusion as to who was the winner of the $782,200 Shes A Great Lady stakes tonight – and it wasn’t either of the favourites, but 12-1 upset A and GsConfusion, who set a new Mohawk track record for two-year-old pacing fillies as well as a new lifetime mark of 1:51.3, in the process.
Driver Dave Miller and the two-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native-Colorado Creek, who has never been worse than second in four career starts, found the pocket spot off the gate, behind Jody Jamieson and Red in the Face who immediately hustled to the front from the nine hole. Co-favourites Thong (Tim Tetrick) and Beachy Girl (Brian Sears), moved in close behind, well-positioned to stalk, but when Thong swung to the outside, she had to work to clear Red in the Face, and seemed to have nothing left. Before the three-quarter pole, A and GsConfusion came on from the outside and Thong gave way, leaving with Miller an open racetrack and a two-length win.
Red in the Face held on for third while Beachy Girl, with her six-strong unbeaten streak in tatters, could do no better than fourth.
Said Miller, “It was a moderate pace and I was going along pretty easily. I didn’t have to move until I was going into the last turn. She felt good the whole way. When my filly comes, she comes with authority and she comes real strong.”
Miller remarked he wasn’t aware of the record speed his filly was achieving. “She was doing it so easily it kind of surprised me,” he said.
A and GsConfusion is conditioned by Mark Capone, who also campaigned Allamerican Native, and is owned by A and G Stables of the Bronx, NY.
In the $50,000 Shes A Great Lady Consolation for two-year-old filly pacers tonight, Up Front Bethann powered past Voelz Hanover in the stretch to win by a length in 1:52.3.
It was a confident comeback, and a new lifetime best mark, for the daughter of Dragon Again, who finished a disappointing fifth in her Shes A Great Lady elimination on August 25th. The Kelly O’Donnell trainee, owned by Ed Mullinax (who also owned her sire) now has four wins in eight starts on her scorecard.
It was Lola Palooza and Jody Jamieson who moved from the far outside off the gate and set the first fraction of :27.1, only to be overtaken by Voelz Hanover, piloted by Rick Zeron, before the half in :56.1. Up Front Bethann, driven by John Campbell, tucked into a comfortable third and, after potential challenger Cartniverous went off-stride, hooked up with Voelz Hanover on the outside with an eighth of a mile to go. Her rival tried to find another gear but couldn’t, leaving Up Front Bethann un-contested at the wire, with Lola Palooza holding on for third.
To see a replay of the race click here.