Frenchfrysnvinegar rallies to take Mare Trot
October 29, 2011
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The Breeders Crown got underway Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack with a stirring half-length victory by Frenchfrysnvinegar and driver Jody Jamieson, who nailed pacesetter Action Broadway on the wire in 1:53.3 in the $301,170 Open Mare Trot.
"It’s certainly not how you draw it up," said winning trainer Jeff Gillis. "It looked good for a while and then her cover cleared, but she’s incredibly determined and really likes to fight a horse. We’re thrilled."
It was the eighth win in 25 starts this year for Frenchfrysnvinegar, a 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall, who was supplemented to the race by owner David Smith of Rockwood, Ontario, for $31,250.
After Autumn Escapade had taken the field to the half in :56.4, driver Mark MacDonald and Action Broadway took over, getting to the three-quarters in 1:24.4. The leader appeared to be in charge in mid-stretch, before a last second rally on the outside by the winner, who left from the unenviable 10-hole and had come first-over to challenge turning for home. Autumn Escapade faded to third, two lengths back.
Meanwhile, the 9-5 favorite, Jersey As, with Ron Pierce substituting for George Brennan, was never in it, eventually finishing ninth.
Frenchfrysnvinegar, who earned $150,585 for the victory, paid $10.60, $5.60 and $3.80, combining with Action Broadway ($5.50, $3.90) for a $56.90 (10-6) exactor. A 10-6-9 (Autumn Escapade, $4.50 to show) triactor was worth $183.70, while a $1 Superfecta [10-6-9-3 (Emmylou Who)] came back $559.05. (WEG/Breeders Crown)