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Major Look upsets American Jewel in 1:49.3

July 14, 2012

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The Mistletoe Shalee once again proved to be a stage for upsets as Major Look got up in the final stride to beat 1-9 favorite American Jewel in 1:49.3 in the $190,850 race at the Meadowlands Saturday night. The top filly Rainbow Blue is just one of the other favorites who was upset in the race.
But outside of the upset factor, the victory by Major Look was especially poignant because the filly's trainer, Bob Riddle, was knocked down by his charge earlier in the week as he was leading her out of the stall. He fractured a leg, a foot and a kneecap, and while on the way to the hospital he called his former employer Kevin McDermott to see if he could take the filly.
McDermott said he and winning driver Andy Miller planned to split their five percent fees with Riddle.
Major Look, a daughter of Art Major out of the Jate Lobell mare Band Of Emeralds, was a New York Sire Stakes winner last year at age two and also took on the top fillies in the She's A Great Lady, Sweetheart and Three Diamonds, but didn't make much of an impressive with her finishes in the back of the field. She also had bad luck as she drew post nine in the She's A Great Lady (finished seventh to American Jewel), post seven in the Sweetheart (fifth to Pirouette Hanover), and post eight in the Three Diamonds (eighth behind Economy Terror).
In the Mistletoe Shalee Major Look drew the perfect post position for the perfect trip--the two. Miller sent her off the gate to take the lead and then when Tim Tetrick came with American Jewel, he naturally yielded. Miller waited for his chance and got into the three-horse battle to the wire, with Bettor B Lucky joining the fray, before forging to a short but clear lead at the wire. Fractions for the mile were :26.4, :54.2 and 1:22.1.
Major Look now has four wins in six starts this season for owners Joseph Balkunas, Mark Giordano and Anthony Pancella.  
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