Check Me Out wins in world record 1:51.2
September 30, 2012
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Check Me Out (pictured) lowered her own world record for 3-year-old filly trotters with a 1:51.2 victory in the third of three divisions of the $211,100 Bluegrass on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile. On The Bright Side and Chilitodayhotamale scored career-best victories in capturing the opening two divisions.
Driver Tim Tetrick left from post four with Check Me Out in the opening $70,700 division and cleared to the lead heading out of the first turn over the Yannick Gingras-driven Maven. Check Me Out reached the quarter in :27.1, half in :56, and three-quarters in 1:24.2 as she held control. Turning for home, Gingras tried valiantly to urge Maven past Check Me Out but it was a futile effort. Trotting a final quarter of :27, Check Me Out held Maven at bay by one length. Dream On Hanover and John Campbell finished third.
"If I didn't go (to the early lead), Yannick is going to get there in :28.2; if I do go, it's :27 and I get to be in control," Tetrick said afterward. "But I would have taken a hole had it been there."
This was the fourth time Check Me Out has lowered her own world record this year. Her 1:51.3 win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship on Sept. 1 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was also a world record for sophomore filly trotters on a five-eighths mile oval. Trainer Ray Schnittker shares ownership of the daughter of Donato Hanover with Charles Iannazzo. The number one horse in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Check Me Out now has 11 wins in 13 starts this year, Her win Sunday brings her seasonal earnings to $879,183.
Schnittker plans on racing Check Me Out in only the first heat of next Sunday's Kentucky Filly Futurity. He said after her Bluegrass win that the filly still has the Breeders Crown, Matron and American National on her schedule this year.
Gingras was in the sulky behind On The Bright Side as she led at every call in her $69,700 division to score in 1:53.4, the fastest of her six career victories. D'Orsay was second for Corey Callahan, with Bluff, who made a break before the start for Tim Tetrick, recovering to finish third.
A daughter of Cantab Hall, On The Bright Side is out of the $2 million-winning mare Passionate Glide, who also won a Bluegrass split as well as the Kentucky Filly Futurity in 2006. The homebred of Brittany Farms is trained by Jimmy Takter. The win, which was her first since a Pennsylvania All Stars score July 8, increased her seasonal earnings to more than $212,000.
Gingras also directed Chilitodayhotamale to a 1:52 victory in the second $70,700 division, picking up the drive late after trainer Trond Smedshammer took himself off after hurting his back when the sulky he used while driving Solvato in a Bluegrass split for colts broke past the finish line.
Gingras rallied Chilitodayhotamale to the victory, rushing past the tempo-setting Win Missy B and Ron Pierce in deep stretch. Oasis Dream and Tetrick finished third.
Michael Andrew bred and owns Chilitodayhotamale, who won the recent Helen Smith final at Freehold. The Bluegrass score was her third of the year, increasing her seasonal earnings to more than $80,000.