The stake for 2-year-old filly
trotters was conducted over three divisions,
with Delicious and Sculpted Vanity taking the
Violent Blu won the PA Sires Stakes final in a
sparkling 1:54.3 and appeared to be well on the
way to her fourth straight win when she made a
quarter-pole move to the lead. She tired late on
the sloppy surface but responded to Brett
Miller’s urging to hold off the fast-charging
End Of Innocence by 3/4 lengths in 1:59.2. Blue
Yonder was third.
“She wasn’t sharp tonight,”
said winning trainer Tye Loy. “When I trained
her, she didn’t seem like herself. It wasn’t
that she wasn’t fast enough, she just wasn’t
herself. She labored a little bit.”
Loy said he would examine the
filly and consult with owner Bill Sanders to
determine if the daughter of Tom Ridge-Sand
Lavender, who vaulted over $200,000 in earnings,
will make her scheduled Grand Circuit engagement
at the Red Mile next week.
Delicious made breaks in each
of her three most recent starts, but she was
flat and fast for wily driver Dick Stillings,
coming first over to down Cantab Cabela by 1-1/4
lengths in 1:59.4. Upfront Carol rallied for
show. Ron Gurfein trains the daughter of
Cantab Hall-Ipsara LB for Patrick Quaid.
“Ronnie made a couple rigging
changes, and she never fought anything,”
Stillings said. “I just tried to keep her out of
trouble. She was really perfect.”
Sculpted Vanity had been
racing off the trot recently, but she roared to
the front for Aaron Merriman and registered a
facile 5-3/4-length victory in 1:59.3 over the
pocket-sitting Cupcake Hanover, with Barefoot
Brook third. Linda Toscano trains the daughter
of Donato Hanover-In To Me for
Martin Sternberg and Alvin Katz.
“Linda switched her back to a
blind bridle and earplugs today,” said Merriman,
who drove four winners on the 16-race card.
“They’d been taking her off the gate to teach
her to race from behind, and she was too quiet.
Today she was full of herself, rearing up in the
paddock, and she drove like a Cadillac.”
In the $22,500 Preferred
Handicap Trot, Sir Caviar again overpowered the
field to score his 21st victory over the past
two seasons for Brian Zendt and trainer Leslie
Zendt, who owns the 5-year-old SJ’s
Caviar-Sierra Flower K gelding with
Bill Zendt. Springboard was second, a length
back, with Sing Jesse Sing third. The winning
time was 1:55.4.