Three filly trot divisions contested at Red Mile
September 28, 2007
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Pampered Princess, floated out of the gate by driver John Campbell before taking the lead shortly before the quarter, led the rest of the way to win the third $91,000 Bluegrass division for 3-year-old filly trotters Friday afternoon at The Red Mile.
After making her last four starts against her male peers, Pampered Princess returned to face her own division and she proved she was still at the top of the list with her 1:53 victory. After reaching the quarter in :27.4, Pampered Princess led at the :56.3 half and 1:25.4 three-quarters before trotting home in :27.1 to gain the decision.
Mike Lachance moved Possess The Magic from third at the three-quarters and the two world champions raced side by side turning for home but she could not pass the game Pampered Princess. Although Spice Queen and Andy Miller were able to rally late and cross the wire second, she went on a break right before the wire and the order was reversed--Possess The Magic was moved to second and Spice Queen placed back to third.
Pampered Princess has now won six of 10 starts this year, including the $350,000 Delvin Miller Memorial and $499,892 Elegantimage. She won her elims of the Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic against male competition, and then finished 7pl6 and second in the finals against Donato Hanover.
\"I\'m still undecided about next week,\" trainer Jimmy Takter told harnessracing.com afterward when asked if Pampered Princess would race in the filly division of the Kentucky Futurity or give it another shot against the boys. \"I\'ll have to talk it over with the owners.\"
Bob and David Anderson own Pampered Princess, a daughter of Andover Hall. With the Bluegrass victory, she now has career earnings of more than $1.43 million.
Driver Ron Pierce moved Flash Lightning to the lead just past the opening quarter and led the rest of the way to win the first of the three Bluegrass divisions.
Flash Lightning, a daughter of Dream Vacation owned by the Lightning Stable, trotted the mile in 1:52.4, besting her previous career best by more than two seconds. Radiant Lindy rallied late for Brian Sears to finish second with Vulcanize and John Campbell third.
Trained by Tony Mannino, Flash Lightning won for the fifth time this year in 15 starts. Mannino said Flash Lightning has been battling problems of tying up but that she has been a different filly since arriving in Kentucky earlier this month. Flash Lightning has now started four times over the clay oval and has two wins and a second-place finish. With the winner\'s share of the $91,000 purse, Flash Lightning increased her career earnings to more than $210,000.
The second $90,000 split went to Falls For You, driven by Brian Sears, with a 1:54.1 effort. Sing Me To Sleep was second for Jim Doherty with Right On Renee and Dave Palone third.
Last year\'s Goldsmith Maid winner, Falls For You has now won five times in 11 starts this year. She has been up and down, but now with two victories in a row appears to be back on form as she heads into a possible match-up with Pampered Princess in the Kentucky Filly Futurity.
\"I don\'t know if we\'ll put much scare into her, but we\'ll see what happens,\" said Sears with a laugh.
Trained by Trond Smedshammer, Falls For You is a daughter of Yankee Glide owned by Atlantic Trot, Fair Winds Farm and Ted Gewertz. She now has career earnings of more than $580,000.