Check Me Out, Win Missy B sharp in ISS wins
October 06, 2011
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Check Me Out won easily the first of three $93,000 divisions of the International Stallion Stake for 2-year-old filly trotters Thursday night at The Red Mile, with the victory by the odds-on choice in stark contrast to the second split where 49-1 Personal Style stunned her seven rivals. Chalk prevailed in the third division as heavily-favored Win Missy B easily made the front early and led all the way to the wire in 1:55.
After getting away second behind Feel The Pressure, Check Me Out was quarter-pole moved to the lead by driver Tim Tetrick and the daughter of Donato Hanover never looked back as she coasted to an open-lengths win in 1:53.4. Arguably the leading candidate for divisional honors, Check Me Out won for the 10th time in 12 starts, with two second-place finishes.
"She can go pretty fast," said Tetrick afterward. "Her earplugs were still in and she was wrapped up to the wire. Hopefully, that will make her stronger for the Breeders Crown coming up."
Ray Schnittker trains and shares ownership of Check Me Out with Charles Ianazzo. She now heads to Woodbine Racetrack for the Breeders Crown eliminations later this month. Her earnings soared past the $500,000 mark with her win.
David Miller was well off the pace the entire way in the second division until the daughter of Yankee Glide rallied down the stretch to score a 1:55.3 victory. Chilitodayhotamale and Trond Smedshammer also closed to get second, with Real Babe settling for third after receiving a pocket trip for much of the distance with Schnittker driving.
Personal Style was scheduled to start in last week's Bluegrass at The Red Mile, but was scratched "sick" after developing a quarter crack, according to co-owner George Segal of Brittany Farms.
"Sickness has always been a story," said Segal. "But she had a couple of good races earlier this year so I wasn't surprised at all."
Nifty Norman trains the winning Personal Style, who scored for the second time in six starts. Brittany shares ownership with Melvin Hartman.
Leaving from post five, Win Missy B and driver Brian Sears floated out of the gate toward the front, clearing the top before reaching the opening quarter in :29.4. Comfortably in front through a half in :58.1 and three-quarters in 1:27, Win Missy B closed out her mile in style with a final quarter of :28. Aunt Mel closed late to get second for David Miller, edging out show finisher On The Bright Side and Dave Palone, who had stalked Win Missy B throughout in the two hole.
Trained by Charlie Norris, Win Missy B scored for the sixth time in 10 starts this year. The daughter of Conway Hall is the only filly to beat Check Me Out this year, those coming in the Peaceful Way eliminations and final at Mohawk Racetrack last month.
A homebred of Bob Key, Win Missy B now has earnings of more than $388,000.