Maven, Rebeka Bayama best in filly, mare races
August 17, 2012
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W.J. Donovan's Maven, the 1-2 favorite, redeemed herself from a miscue in the Hambletonian Oaks to breeze to a 3 1/2-victory over Valdonna in the $191,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night at the Meadowlands. The Jonas Czernyson trainee, driven by Yannick Gingras, trotted the mile in 1:52.3.
Personal Style, the upset winner in the Hambletonian Oaks, started from post 10 in the Moni Maker and was never a factor, finishing sixth. Win Missy B, who finished second in the Oaks, beaten on the wire by Personal Style, broke stride at the start of the Moni Maker and finished ninth.
The complexion of the $218,850 Golden Girls for pacing mares changed at the start when 8-5 favorite and Lady Liberty winner Put On A Show broke at the start and finished last.
Rebeka Bayama, driven by Sylvain Filion and trained by Pat Lachance, battled in the stretch and got up in the final strides for a half-length victory over Drop The Ball in 1:49 flat. Ginger And Fred was 1 3/4 lengths back in third.
In the $5,500 racing under saddle (RUS) exhibition race, Tina Duer rode Chinese Cuisine to a 5 3/4-length victory over Helene Gregory aboard Armbro Doyle. It was 8 1/4 lengths back to Dream Kid, ridden by Jennifer Connor, in third. The mile was trotted in 2:00.2.
Chinese Cuisine, trained by John Duer, is a four-year-old gelding son of Revenue owned and bred by Peninsula Farm of Lexington, KY. (Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey)