Rainbow Room, with David Miller in the sulky, won the first of two eliminations of the Breeders Crown 2-year-old filly pace at Hoosier Park on Friday night in 1:52.3.
Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Val D’Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, and breeder Vieux Carre Farms, Rainbow Room drew away in the stretch to win by three lengths.
Rainbow Room (Somebeachsomewhere-Rainbow Blue) left brightly with Firestorm and Percy Bluechip but overtook that pair to get to the top and stay there through fractions of :26.3, :56 and 1:24.1, staying in full control to the wire.
Firestorm, who followed third most of the way, was all out to take second. Come See The Show ame up the rail for third. Majorsspeciallady was fourth with Rock On Ladys fifth.
"I was worried about cutting the whole mile but she still had pace at the end," said Holloway.
Rainbow Room was the 6-5 favorite, paying $4.60 and goes to the final with a career bankroll of $359,624.
Youaremycandygirl captured the second elimination for 2-year-old pacing fillies with an eye-catching 1:51 victory. Yannick Gingras guided the daughter of American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane to the score.
Stablemate Strong Opinion and Matt Kakaley bolted to the :26.2 opening quarter lead but Youaremycandygirl, the 1-9 betting choice, shunned an early tuck and drove to take command between the first- and second-quarter mark. From that point the Ron Burke-trained filly cruised to victory easily, holding off runner-up Reign On Me by a half-length.
A $150,000 yearling purchase from last fall’s Harrisburg auction, Youaremycandygirl is owned by W J Donovan.
"She was a little excited tonight," said Gingras after the race. "I heard the other filly (Reign On Me) and I asked her. She's a very honest filly."
Youaremycandygirl won for the sixth time in eight career starts, which includes an impressive score in the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk.
Joining Youaremycandygirl in next Friday's Breeders Crown finale for juvenile pacing fillies will be Reign On Me, along with Strong Opinion, Pueblo Blue Chip and Im With Her.
The overwhelming betting favorite, Youaremycandygirl paid $2.20 to win. (Breeders Crown)