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World mark for Ill. champ

June 18, 2004

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Loyal Opposition was a handful behind the gate for driver George Brennan but once the wings opened she was all business as the Illinois-bred champion cruised to a world record-equaling 1:48.4 victory in the $258,600 Lady Liberty Pace at the Meadowlands Friday night (June 18).

Brennan, behind Loyal Opposition for the first time, got away fourth as Ron Pierce sent favored Burning Point to the top. After a quarter of :26.2, Brennan tipped his charge to the outside and rushed to the front, reaching the half-mile station in :54. Loyal Opposition paced to a 1:21.3 three-quarters clocking and then posted a final stanza in :27.1 to hold off the competition.

Under the wire Loyal Opposition had three lengths over Burning Point, while Sure Sign (Yannick Gingras) won out for third in a tight photo with Bunny Lake (John Campbell).

The time was a stakes record and equaled the world mark for 4-year-old pacing mares on a mile track set by Frightening P in 2002 and equaled last year by Carolina Sunshine.

"Erv (trainer Erv Miller) told me a little bit about her and to drive her like I feel," said Brennan in the winner's circle afterward. "Ronnie (Pierce and Burning Point) let me go...and it was lights out. It was a pleasure to drive her."

Owned for most of her career by Bob Waxman, the daughter of Cole Muffler-Tising Tising is now owned by his son, Dan. She has now earned more than $1.5 million for her career.
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