After acquitting herself well against the toughest Open mares in North America her last two starts in the Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands and the Artiscape at Tioga Downs, Apple Bottom Jeans came to Plainridge Park on Tuesday and toyed with the field, going from worst to first to win the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap for distaff pacers.
Apple Bottom Jeans (Jimmy Whittemore) got away last while the lead changed hands twice between Western Stepp (Nick Graffam) and Watts Was I Drinkn (Jim Hardy) by the quarter. As the field paced by the half, they were four in and three out, with Empty Gesture (Chris Long) putting pressure on the front-pacing Watts Was I Drinkn while Apple Bottom Jeans was still sixth and third-over.
Positions remained unchanged up the backside and Watts Was I Drinkn looked strong in command. When they hit three-quarters, Empty Gesture’s advance had stopped and Whittemore tipped Apple Bottom Jeans three-deep into the final turn. Apple Bottom Jeans started to pace with purpose, circling from sixth to second by the time they hit the straight. As soon as she had Watts Was I Drinkn in her sight, Apple Bottom Jeans dug in and blew past the leader, pacing home alone in 1:52.1.
KDK Standardbreds has now earned $140,817 in 2018 from the accomplishments of Apple Bottom Jeans ($3.60), who has won eight times this year for trainer Kevin Switzer.
In a real oddity, 11 different drivers won on the 12-race card, with Jim Hardy being the only one to visit the circle more than once. Additionally, 12 different trainers accounted for the day’s 12 winning horses. (Standardbred Owners Of Mass)