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Didrickson Remains Unbeaten In 2011

February 11, 2011

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Three HorsePlayer Interactive Stakes (HPI) eliminations were contested Friday night at Woodbine, with Michigan invader Didrickson extending her unbeaten streak to five-in-a-row for owner/trainer Kelly Goodwin in the second elimination.
The daughter of Keystone Raider enjoyed a second-over trip for driver Randy Waples as she cruised to victory in 1:54.3.

The early pace belonged to Tymal Dalia as driver Jody Jamieson sent her to the front past the opening panel in :27.4. She would continue to lead her rivals past the half in :57.2 and three quarters in 1:26.1. P Note Blue Chip (Keith Oliver) was enjoying a pocket-trip with Rockn Highland (Rick Zeron) behind her.
Changing Gears (Paul MacDonell) committed first-over around the final turn, which allowed Didrickson to be perfectly spotted turning for home.
Waples showed Didrickson clear racetrack down the stretch and the 13 time winner responded with a :27.4 final quarter to win a length and a half. P Note Blue Chip finished second ahead of Catch A Dragon (Sylvain Filion).

Didrickson increased her lifetime earnings to $107,971 and paid $3.60 as the favorite.

After being victorious in the $38,000 Fillies and Mares Open just one week ago, Ardor Locke finished a disappointing third for her connections in the final elimination.

Bullet Point (Chris Christoforou) left aggressively from post nine and established early command past the opening quarter in :27. That lead would not last long heading towards the half as Ardor Locke (Randy Waples) was quickly engaging the tempo-setter and struck the front with Holiday Shopper (Jason Brewer) on her heels past the half in :56.

As Ardor Locke cleared to take over command, Waples elected to leave Holiday Shopper on the outside and the pair of fillies matched strides past three-quarter in 1:24 and into the stretch.

With a sixteenth to go, the fillies were still stride-for-stride as Miss Maverick used a ground saving trip and was quickly closing in. With Holiday Shopper and Ardor Locke tiring late in the mile, Miss Maverick was able to score a narrow victory over her rivals in 1:54.2, paying $37.70.

Miss Maverick, a daughter of Western Maverick, scored her 10th career victory and now has career earnings of $135,149 for trainer Marie St Charles and owner ECS Racing.

Earlier in the night in the first elimination, Flip Flop Summer and driver Rick Zeron scored a minor upset for red-hot trainer Merv Chupp. Chupp is currently sitting in fifth place among all WEG trainers with 8 winners from 20 starters in 2011.

Flip Flop Summer (3-1) was quickest off the gate from post seven as she rolled past the opening panel in a quick :27, ahead of Virtual Princess (Anthony MacDonald) and Frozen In Love (Mike Saftic).

As the field headed towards the half, Flip Flop Summer had company as L H Nenia (Phil Hudon) advanced around her and took command past the half in :55.4.

When the fillies headed towards the far turn, Mi Amada (Jody Jamieson) moved to the outside but was not within striking distance of the tempo-setter past three-quarters in 1:24.1.

L H Nenia would continue to lead her eight rivals into the stretch but Flip Flip Summer was stalking her from the pocket. Rick Zeron angled Flip Flop Summer to the outside and the daughter of Jennas Beach Boy responded with a 28.1 final quarter to score the victory in 1:52.4. L H Nenia was second over Mi Amada.

Owned by Joe and Tina Seekman, along with Helping Hands Stables, Flip Flop Summer enjoyed her 11th trip to the winners circle as her lifetime earnings increased to $219,751.

The $60,000 final will line up as follows:

1) P Note Blue Chip
2) Holiday Shopper
3) Didrickson
4) Mis Maverick
5) Flip Flop Summer
6) Ardor Locke
7) Mi Amada
8) Miss Sand Creek
9) L H Nenia
10) Catch A Drago
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