Pure Country captures PASS split in 1:51.1
July 14, 2016
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Three-year-old filly pacers were in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes action on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, and Pure Country lived up to her 1-9 odds on the toteboard to easily capture the first $79,880 division.
Bypassing Saturday's Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands to instead accumulate points on the Sires Stakes leaderboard and secure herself a place in September's rich championship contest, Pure Country was the heavy favorite in the six-filly field. It wasn't easy though at the start as driver Brett Miller found himself parked through the opening turn, finally clearing to the lead over the 6-1 second choice I Said Diamonds and driver Matt Kakaley after the opening quarter of :26.4.
Pure Country then had it her own way through a :55.1 half, but approaching three-quarters she had to fend off a first-over challenge from third choice Kryptos and driver Tim Tetrick. Breaking the beam at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2, Pure Country rebuffed that bid and then easily held off I Said Diamonds by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:51.1. Kryptos held for third money.
A perfect 10-for-10 last year on her way to Dan Patch Award honors as the 2-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year, Pure Country's win Thursday was her fourth straight and fifth overall in eight starts this year. Although Pure Country finished third in her division of the opening round of Sires Stakes in late May at The Meadows, her victories include the $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania final on May 7 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Her biggest purse check came via a win in the $341,640 Fan Hanover final at Mohawk on June 18, which triggered her current win streak.
A Diamond Creek Farm homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Pure Country is trained by Jimmy Takter. The winner's share of Thursday's purse boosted her 2016 earnings to $546,702 and career total to $1,236,670.
The second $80,280 division went to Newborn Sassy, who crossed the wire in 1:51.4 for driver Tetrick. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Newborn Sassy upset 2-5 favorite Call Me Queen Be and driver Scott Zeron by a half-length. Finishing third was Princess Fabulosa and driver Miller.
An eight-time winner in 10 starts last year at two, Thursday's win was Newborn Sassy's second in nine attempts this year. Trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, who shares ownership of the daughter of Western Ideal with Ray Kusinski's CC Racing, Newborn Sassy boosted her career earnings to $341,625 with her victory.