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Eternal Camnation rallies

June 05, 2004

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Eternal Camnation, last in the field of eight mare pacers, charged from behind and captured the $250,000 Classic Distaff final. It was one of four Classic Series finals held at Mohawk Raceway Saturday night (June 5).

Eternal Camnation and driver Eric Ledford were 11 lengths off the lead when Carolina Sunshine took the field past the half in :56.3. But by the three-quarter pole (1:25.3) Ledford had the 7-year-old Cam Fella mare three wide, and in the lane she overhauled Burning Point (Kevin Wallis) and then Bunny Lake (John Campbell) to score a one-length victory over Bunny Lake in 2:35.2 for the 1 3/8 mile test.

In the $250,000 Classic Oaks final, Stroke Play and Brian Sears rallied in the stretch and defeated Windylane Hanover by half a length in 2:40.4. Stroke Play took the lead in the race for the first time at the half in :58.1, then relinquished the lead to Windylane Hanover by the 1:29.4 third quarter. In the lane Windylane Hanover had opened up by 2 3/4 lengths, but Stroke Play, a 4-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide rallied for the victory.

Both mares raced in all three preliminary legs of the Classic Oaks, but never in the same division. Windylane Hanover won all three of her legs while Stroke Play had two victories and a second in her preliminary legs.

Early season standout Eaton Road Kill returned to the winner's circle with a 2:34.1 victory in the $250,000 Pacing Classic final. Driven by Danel Dube, the 6-year-old Cambest gelding came first-over after three-quarters of a mile and won a three-horse stretch duel that brought him to the finish line one length ahead of Life Source (Cat Manzi) with Royal Mattjesty (John Campbell) another length back in third. Pacesetting Luckyisasluckydoes (Mike Saftic) faded to fourth.

JM Vangogh, second in the first two rounds of the Trotting Classic and fifth in the third round last week at Mohawk, captured the $250,000 final in 2:31.3. With Ron Waples driving the 4-year-old son of Earl, JM Vangogh came first-over after three-quarters of the mile and overhauled Elegant Man (Cat Manzi) in the lane and drew off for a 1 1/2-length victory. Center Field (Brian Sears) was third.
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