Roses Are Red, Fan Hanover elims contested
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The top-three finishers, plus a fourth-place finishers, gained access to the Roses Are Red final.
Frost Damage Blues came through at 6-1 to win a highly competitive opening elimination of the Roses Are Red.
Driver James MacDonald steered the Tom Fanning trainee to victory in 1:50.1. Frost Damage Blues got away sixth and sat in that position for the opening-half mile.
Blue Moon Stride made a move to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The lead was short-lived, as Darlinonthebeach rushed up to grab the front and reach the half in :54.1.
MacDonald was able to work out a second-over trip on the far turn for Frost Damage Blues, while Darlinonthebeach reached three-quarters in 1:21.4.
In the stretch, Frost Damage Blues shot off cover and charged up to pick up her second win of the season. Pure Country followed the winner on the far turn and finished a length and a quarter back in second. Witch Dali shot up the pylons from seventh to grab third, while Bernadette was fourth.
A five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, Frost Damage Blues has made a few trips to Mohawk during her racing career and was familiar with having MacDonald in the bike.
In the stretch, Tequila Monday was able to track down and surge by Bettors Up to win by a length and a quarter. Shes Watching held on for third, while Agent Q was fourth.
A daughter of American Ideal, Tequila Monday was making her first start on a track bigger than 5/8ths of a mile.
"I think she liked the big track a little better than the half-mile for sure," said Sears following the race. "She gets a little bumpy at times, but she has a lot of go and we haven't really found the bottom of her yet."
Tequila Monday is now three for five this season and seven for 10 in her career. Her bankroll now exceeds $300,000 for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey.
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