Records set on NA Cup undercard
June 19, 2016
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Yannick Gingras put Lady Shadow (pictured) on the front and never looked back to win the $370,000 Roses Are Red Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Mohawk.
An impressive group of 10 older pacing mares clashed in the Roses Are Red, but just like last year, Lady Shadow took home the winner's share of the purse.
The Ron Adams trainee was put on the engine by Gingras from post three, as the rest of the field lined up in post position order. Lady Shadow carved out fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 to bring the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, the Adams trainee continued to power along and showed her class winning by a length and a half in a career-best 1:48.1.
"Believe me I was surprised too that there was no speed on the outside," said Gingras. "I watched a few of her replays and looked at her lines from last year and before that because I was actually thinking about racing her off the back, especially with the way the card has been playing out, the front hasn't been that good.
"Obviously she is better on the front, her lines show that, but when the gate folded nobody left so it made my decision easy."
Waasmula, who got a pocket trip, finished second, while Solar Sister came up the rail for third.
A 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow pushed her career earnings over the $1 million mark with her 19th career win. She is owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable.
Lady Shadow now has three wins in nine starts this season. She paid $10.50 to win.
Pure Country, driven by Brett Miller, showed she has off-the-pace power when she captured the $438,000 Fan Hanover final for 3-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.
The Jimmy Takter pupil followed mid-pack as elimination winner Good Will Hanover laid down fractions of :26.1, :54.3 for the half and 1:22.2 for three-quarters. Into the final turn, a first-up Lindwood Beachgirl put pressure on the tempo-setter as Newborn Sassy followed second-over. Pure Country, the 2-1 favorite, found live third-over flow after being shuffled back to seventh.
Pure Country angled off cover at the head of the lane, and once the pacing miss was fed open racetrack, she marched past her foes to capture the rich final in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.3.
Darlinonthebeach finished second, one length behind the victress. LA Delight got up for third.
"There is nothing better than owning and breeding, and then ending up winning one of these races like this," said Diamond Creek Racing's Adam Bowen. "He (Brett Miller) was third-over coming off the final turn. She looked like she was full of pace and I was confident."
Pure Country notched her second victory of the season and 12th lifetime. With the win, the daughter Somebeachsomewhere and Western Montana earns millionaire status, lifting her career earnings to $1,178,953 for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing.
Pure Country paid $6.10 to win.
Hannelore Hanover crushed her rivals with a Canadian Record performance in the $267,000 Armbro Flight final Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.
The Ron Burke trainee toured Mohawk Racetrack in a career best 1:51 to match the world record for 4-year-old trotting mares and establish.h a new Canadian Record for older trotting mares.
Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover cleared to the front at the opening-quarter in :27.2. The daughter of Swan For All posted middle-fraction panels of :56 and 1:24.1 to lead the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover turned the race into a blowout and pulled away with ease. She trotted a :26.4 final quarter to win by 6 ½ lengths in 1:51.
"I knew should could go like that last week, she was totally wrapped up," said Gingras. "I knew she had a couple big miles in her that's for sure.
"She's fresh and never been racing against tough horses, so she was always within herself, but it was a scary (fast) mile tonight, but she still had more."
Shake It Cerry rallied from seventh to finish second, while Rules Of The Road grabbed third.
Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover was competing in just her second Grand Circuit event Saturday. Last season, she dominated the Indiana Sires Stakes and won 8 of 19 to bank over $295,000.
The Burke trainee now has seven wins in 8 starts this season to bring her seasonal earnings to $246,000. The Armbro Flight victory gives Hannelore Hanover 16 career wins and a bankroll of over $550,000.
A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $2.20.
Marion Marauder, driven by Scott Zeron, rallied off a perfect second-over trip to score the $268,000 Goodtimes final for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.
At odds of 8-1, the Michael Keeling trainee sat fifth past the first quarter in :27.4, as the parked-out 1-2 favorite, Dayson, battled with the early leader, Will Take Charge.
Dayson was able to overtake Will Take Charge into the backstretch, but before Dayson marched past the half in :56.3, Tony Soprano was on the move from fourth. Marion Marauder tracked his cover.
While Dayson and Tony Soprano dueled in the turn, the bettor's choice broke stride as they went by the three-quarter pole in 1:25. As the field of 10 turned for home, Marion Marauder fanned off cover and used a :27.2 final kick to trot past his rivals and take a new 1:52.4 lifetime mark by half a length. Will Take Charge finished second and Blenheim railed for third.
"I was confident in him so I pushed him out of the gate and I was able to land a spot where I saw John [Campbell] floating on the outside with a really nice horse of [trainer Bob] McIntosh's," Zeron said regarding Tony Soprano. "So, I was happy to have that cover and finally be in the right spot—be within two lengths at the three-quarter pole, and he delivered."
Marion Marauder notched his second victory of the season and third lifetime. With the win, the son Muscle Hill and Spellbound Hanover lifts his career earnings to $495,234 for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, of Stratford, and Devin Keeling, of Cambridge.
Marion Marauder returned $18.40 to win. (WEG)