Chancey Lady wins Cape & Cutter
February 19, 2010
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Chancey Lady cleared the lead at the top of the stretch and held off the late charge of Ramona DiSomma to win the $80,000 Cape & Cutter Final in 1:51.1 Friday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Flirtiscape led the field through blistering early fractions of :26.1 and :55.2 before driver John Campbell and Chancey Lady rushed up to challenge on her outside. Chancey Lady edged clear as they reached the three-quarter marker in 1:24 and dug in under urging for a half-length victory.
Ginger And Fred raced in the pocket and was locked until late in the stretch drive. She finished 3 1/4 lengths behind back in third.
The race for open mares had just six starters after 6-5 morning line favorite Native Bride was scratched due to injury. Completing the order of finish were Native Hotspur (fourth), BC’s Jesse (fifth) and Flirtiscape (sixth).
“[Native Bride’s scratch] changed the complexion of the whole race,” said winning driver John Campbell. “You kind of have an idea of how it is going to go, but with her out, it kind of opened things up for everybody. So, I wasn’t really sure just how the race would break out of the gate. They were going hard [leaving out of the starting gate] and that made my mind up easier not to go out of there. I knew [Ramona DiSomma] was getting a good trip and she’s a very good mare off cover. It took everything we had just to hold her off.
“[Chancey Lady]’s an eager little girl,” Campbell added. “She has a lot of back-class to her and she tries very hard. She’s certainly an overachiever if you look at her size-wise. She’s extremely tough and she’s been around here a long time.”
Chancey Lady, who races for the estate of Niele Jiwan, surpassed $1.3 million in career earnings with the victory and paid $4.20. The 5-year-old daughter of Camluck-Art Of Design gave trainer Mark Kesmodel his second series crown this season. Kesmodel won the $117,000 Presidential Final on Jan. 23 with Blatantly Good.
The Cape & Cutter is one of four stakes finals on tap this weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack. The action continues Saturday night with the $88,000 Exit 16 W, $80,000 Aquarius and $76,500 Junior Trendsetter finals. A stakes preview is available on Meadowlands Racetrack’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at7XlJsrmB8 (Meadowlands)