Perfect Alliance saw her 11-race winning streak come to a close at the hands of Classic Martine Saturday at Mohawk Raceway in the $266,000 final of the Armbro Flight Final for older trotting mares.
Also in the race was the 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician, who had a good trip behind Perfect Alliance but lacked any closing kick and finished a disappointing ninth.
It was Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick who shot away from the starting gate to the early lead like a rocket. Bee A Magician also left from post nine and was parked three-wide early and had to grind her way to the lead by the opening quarter mile in a quick :27 seconds.
There was no rest for the weary as driver Yannick Gingras was also on the move with the race favorite, Perfect Alliance, and they were able to then clear to the lead going to the half mile pole in :56.
From there Perfect Alliance led the field as Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) came first-over and started to challenge at the three-quarters in 1:24.
Then as they started down the stretch, Bee A Magician had room along the rail but began to fade. Rockin With Dewey was still strong on the outside as Perfect Alliance held her ground. But Tim Tetrick was able to swing wide with Classic Martine and they closed with a burst of speed to win by one length in 1:52.1 over Perfect Alliance with Rockin With Dewey third.
“Leaving out of the gate I wanted to get in good position,” Tim Tetrick said. “I thought that Yannick was going to get his mare (Perfect Alliance) in front and I would be in great position. Then Brian (Sears) put his mare (Bee A Magician) in front and was I content and I was fine having those two great mares in front of me.
“I was just concerned about finding some clearance at the top of the lane. She is so quick off the wings and I knew she would follow the cover. She was content to sit and once I got clear with her she can really get to the house. She is just a really nice mare. She is really handy. She can leave the get in :27 or :26 if you have to. Then she can come home in :27 and that makes her very versatile.”
It was the fourth win in five starts this year for Classic Martine. The four-year-old mare by Classic Photo is trained by Chris Oakes and is co-owned by the Hauser Brothers Entertainment, LLC and Suan Oaks. She paid $11.90 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com