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Filly sets 2-heat record

September 21, 2005
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Eric Ledford celebrated his 34th birthday Wednesday with a straight-heats victory in the $332,650 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers with Just Wait Kate. The daughter of Real Artist won her elimination in 1:52.3 and then came back in the second and final heat to score in 1:52, setting a two-heat world record in the process.



Ledford had a tough decision to make as he also directed Western Cruise to a most-impressive 1:51.2 victory in the second Jugette elim. He elected to remain behind the Travis Alexander-trained Just Wait while Andy Miller picked up the drive in the second heat behind Western Cruise for his brother, trainer Erv Miller.



"Andy was here and we decided to let him drive. It was nice to see Andy have a shot," said Ledford in the winner's circle about his decision.



"Erv and I had a discussion and that with Andy here, it was a group decision between (Western Cruise owner) Brittany Farm...Erv and myself to let Andy drive the other mare.," Ledford added.



In the second heat, Ledford moved Just Wait Kate, who had earlier suffered from a foot separation, to the lead just past the opening quarter. She then had to rebuff a first-over challenge from Western Cruise around the final turn, holding off her rival by three-quarters of a length. Early leader Belovedangel (Ron Pierce) finished third.



Jules and Arlene Siegel own Just Wait Kate, a full sister to the millionaire Kikikatie. The wins were her sixth and seventh of the year.
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