The odds-on favorite, China Pearls, delivered as
expected for driver Randy Waples as she stopped
the timer in a lifetime best of 1:54.2, taking
her division of the Super Final for sophomore
The daughter of
Kadabra-Pure Sable moved out from third
and cleared to command past the opening panel of
27.1, which was set by Oh Sweet Baby (Mario
Waples would rate the seven-time winner past
the half in 56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.3.
In deep stretch, only Oh Sweet Baby could
trot with the Carman Hie trainee as they
separated themselves from the field with China
Pearls getting the upper hand by 2-1/4 lengths
at the wire. Nordic De Vie (Trevor Ritchie) came
from well off-the-pace to finish third.
"She's as good tonight as she's been all
year. I'm really happy for her because in April
she made her first start and to keep going,
develop and win the Super Final is fantastic,"
Hie said after the win. "I'm very happy for her
and for my partners. She's one of the best
horses I've ever had or I think she is. I've had
some nice ones, but she's a little special."
China Pearls lifts her lifetime earnings to
$498,405 for Hie, who owns a piece of the bay
with Blake Anthony, Ted Murrell and Peter
She paid $4 to win.