Dancinwiththestarz scores in 1:51.4 at Tioga
May 16, 2010
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Dancinwiththestarz continued her dominance in the first $30,143 division of the John Simpson Memorial Pace on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs. The second division for fillies went to Feeling You, and the single colt event was captured by Eagle Jolt.
As for Dancinwiththestarz, Jim Morrill Jr. did the steering for trainer John Stark Jr. and sent the 3-year-old filly pacer to the front past the stands and the fans for the first time. Morrill then controlled the race through fractions of :56.1 and 1:24.1 before pacing away from the field to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.4, which was just a fifth of a second off the track record set by Paula’s Best (George Brennan) in 2007.
It was the 11th career lifetime victory in 14 starts for Dancinwiththestarz, who is owned by W. Springtime Racing Stable of Johnstown, NY and Shannon Brott of Gloversville, NY. The Springs campaigned the Horse of the Year Bunny Lake.
Shaky Hanover (Jason Bartlett) used a first-over grind to nail down the place spot, while Rosie’s Pride (Bruce Ranger) finished third.
In the second division, Feeling You continued her winning ways by posting her seventh win of the year in eight starts for trainer George Berkner. Morrill put the 3-year-old daughter of Cambest-Ripreza Hanover on the engine and never looked back pacing through fractions of :28.1, :56.1 and 1:24.3 before asking the filly to pace through the stretch. She hit the wire in 1:52.3 and increased her earnings to more than $67,000 for breeder-owner Alan Kirschenbaum of Burbank, Calif.
Galimony (George Brennan) used a two-hole trip to take second, while Tia Maria Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) paced home late through the stretch to finish third.
In the lone $42,277 division of the Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts, Eagle Jolt and Jason Bartlett earned their way to the front and never relinquished the lead on their way to a win in 1:53. It was the fourth win of the year for the son of Village Jolt-Jazzy Jam, who is owned by Frank Dettore Horse Racing of Ohio and is trained by Mark Ford. Golden Time (Marcus Johansson) came first-over against Eagle Jolt and held on for second, while Oakmont (Jim Marohn Jr.) took third with a late rally. (Tioga Downs).