Dust settles on record NYSS day at Mighty M
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The first $115,585 split appeared to be another venue for Tim Rooney’s Lislea Phia to showcase her talents and add another victory –and a good size purse check—to her resume. And it started out as figured with Brian Cross sending the daughter of Lislea to the front in a swift :27 quarter with JK Pure Pearl (Stephane Bouchard) trying to take command which was rebuffed by Lislea Phia.
Once the pressure was off Lislea Phia cruised to the half in :55:2 and was comfortable on the lead at the three quarters in 1:25. When Cross stepped on the gas, Lislea Phia hit another gear and seemed destined to be an easy winner; that is, until she crossed a shadow as she came offf the final turn. The filly made a misstep which after a few more strides turned into a break to the delight of Hanna’s Delight’s driver Jimmy Morrill Jr., who was chasing the leader.
When Lislea Phia went offstride at the top of the lane Albert Hanna’s Hanna’s Delight took command, that is, until Cross got his filly back on gait and incredibly she made up the lost ground and the two fine distaff pacers came to the wire simultaneously. Upon further review by the judges it was determined that Cross broke no rules—Lilea Phia lost ground while on a break–and her late rally put her on the finish line exactly the same time as Hanna’s Delight. And the 1:54.3 clocking was not only a new dead-heat record at the Mighty M but also a tied the 3-year-old filly track record set last year by Rita J.
In the second $113,585 division, Southwind Prairie, a $6,500 yearling purchase, not only earned a new lifetime mark of 1:55.3, but her victory pushed her lifetime earnings to nearly $127,000.
Greg Grismore was at the controls and rallied the a daughter of Bettor’s Choice from fourth at the top of the lane to a head victory over the pacesetter Pancleefandarpels, who was driven by Brian Sears much to the delight of owners Karl Schoeffel, Jim Reuther and Roger Romesser, who were all on hand to share the moment.
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In her race, Daily Laugh, a daughter of Bettor\'s Delight, was sent off at odds of 13-1 and during the first half of the mile she was in fifth as Symphony In Motion and Grismore cut fractions of :28; :56.4 and 1:26 before Sears moved his filly out to challenge. Third at the three quarters and second at the top of the stretch. Daily Laugh dug in and collared the pacesetter at the finish and scored a 1:55.2 triumph. (Monticello)