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Fast Ruffles sets pace

September 29, 2004

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Fast Ruffles, Western Cruise and Allamerican Coed captured their respective divisions of the $366,700 (Bluegrass) Southwind Farm 2-year-old filly pace on a cool, overcast afternoon Wednesday (Sept. 29) at The Red Mile.

The fastest of the three divisions went to Fast Ruffles in 1:52. Ron Pierce sent the Western Hanover filly quickly to the front after the :28 opening quarter and she immediately opened a five-length lead on the field which continued to grow as she paced past the half in :56.4 and the three quarters in 1:24.3. At the wire she was 10 1/2 lengths ahead of Blue Artist and Brian Sears with Magical Western and George Brennan third.

The win was the second and fastest of four starts this year for the filly trained by Brett Pelling and owned by Fred Hertrich and Lew Arno.

Western Cruise and Steve Condren came first-over after the :29 opening panel and garnered the lead before the :57.1 half. Nearing the 1:26.3 three quarters Andy Miller brought Arts Bid up to challenge, but Western Cruise held on to the lead, winning by one-half length over Arts Bid in 1:53.3. Just Wait Kate and Mike Lachance were third.

This was third victory in five starts for the homebred daughter of Western Hanover owned by Brittany Farms and trained by Bob McIntosh.

After leading the field to the opening quarter in :27, Allamerican Coed and George Brennan let the undefeated Thereal Ideal and John Campbell take command of the race through fractions of :56.2 and 1:25.2. In the lane Allamerican Coed pulled and from behind Bound For Glory and Dave Palone joined the fray for a three-horse race to the wire, where Allamerican Coed prevailed by one-half length over Bound For Glory in 1:53.4. Thereal Ideal was third.

This was the fourth victory of the year in eight starts for the Dragon Again filly trained by Mark Harder for John Fielding , Canamerica Capital Corp., Sampson Street Stable and Jerry Silva.
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