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Pro Bono Best fillies lead ISS winners

August 30, 2011

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Five divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies battled Monday, August 29 at Indiana Downs for all-important Indiana Sires Stakes points and a position behind the gate in the $200,000 final Saturday, September 10. A pair of Pro Bono Best freshman turned in solid performances over the Shelbyville oval. Insatiable Desire, still undefeated, paced to a 1:53.4 triumph while Bono’s Lassie won by three lengths in 1:55.4.
Tabbed the favorite in her $40,000 ISS division, Insatiable Desire and driver Kayne Kauffman received every call on the way to their third win in as many starts. The duo finished half a length in front of Ccruby Copperstone, with Fsolatdo Bluegrass pacing third. Insatiable Desire is trained by Lester Clemmons, who owns the filly in partnership with Brian Clemmons, John Daskivich and Jodie Daskivich. The 1:53.4 clocking established a new lifetime mark for the Mark Adams-bred filly, already a winner of $60,000 this season.
Bono’s Lassie raised her record to three wins in four starts with a victory Monday evening. Trained and driven by Dan Shetler, the Pro Bono Best-Brad’s Little Sis filly moved second over up the backside and sprinted away from the field to collect the win. Black Pansy followed the favorite and Bluebird Jettart finished third. Owned by The Kales Company and Parent Racing Stable LLC, Bono’s Lassie lowered her mark in victory.
Favorites continued to reach the winner’s circle as Free Girl and Sam Widger claimed a $40,000 ISS division with a 1:55 performance. Third through a :56 opening half, the filly advanced to second at three quarters (1:25.2) before taking command in the stretch. The LCB-Secrethidingplace freshman pulled away by nearly three lengths at the wire. Second choice Miss Millie finished second after setting the fractions and I Scoot With Heart was third. Mike Hollenback trains Free Girl for William Cantrell.
Sheza Cool Cookie and Rick Farrington took control racing to the half and never looked back, winning their split by three and one-half lengths in a time of 1:55.4. The favorite was followed by 21-1 Don’t Hurry Love. Lima Calliope raced third in the $40,000 contest. Trained by Rodney Lorenzo, who owns the Mark Johnathan filly with Souren Hovsepian, Sheza Cool Cookie earned her first win, coming in her second career start.
Homebred Mamajons Bluegrass and Widger used cover to their advantage en route to a 1:57.1 score Monday at Indiana Downs. Selected as the second choice, the I Scoot Hanover lass grabbed the lead in the stretch and hit the line a length and a quarter in front of Move On B B and Ricky Macomber. Our Lady Fitz was third for driver Dave Magee. Bred and owned by Dr. Luel Overstreet, Mamajons Bluegrass earned her second win in four starts.
Indiana Downs also hosted two Indiana Sires Stakes divisions for three-year-old filly trotters. Favorite ABC Easter and Shetler wired the field to win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57. It was the sixth seasonal win for the ABC Garland sophomore, a winner of more than $130,000 in 2011 for Shetler and Crystal Ball Stables. Earls Miss Muffit and Elliott Deaton put a neck in front of favored Lakeview Fest in the final strides to win the second split in a time of 1:57.3. The victory was the second of the season for the Earl of Stormont filly. (Indiana Downs)
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