Her Culese won two straight heats to capture the $100,000 filly World Trotting Derby (WTD) on Friday (September 2) at The Du Quoin (Illinois) State Fair.
McDuffee, Liverman and Fieldings own Her Culese.
By virtue of of her win in the first heat, Her Culese and driver Tim Tetrick had the rail but opted to let first Silhouette Star (Eric Ledford) and then Flawless Bluetone (Dave Miller) get the first calls out of the gate, with Flawless Bluestone hitting the quarter mile mark in 29 seconds.
The leisurely pace prompted Tetrick to come off the rail from fifth down the backstretch and move up to fourth alongside Jalopy.
Her Culese had a head in front by the 1.29.3 three quarters and kept that spot through the lane to win by ¾ of a length in 1.55.4, with Flawless Bluestone holding for second and Reinvent third. Silhouette Star was fourth, Jalopy made a break in the home stretch and finished fifth. Maple Grove Smoky made a break before the start and was never in contention.
inning driver Tim Tetrick felt he had to make a move early in the race, given the slow pace.
"They were going awful slow and I thought I'd try to get it in two heats and it worked," said Tetrck. "I grew up only 60 miles from here and it's something I've always dreamed about [winning a big race at Du Quoin]."
Courtesy Of Harness Racing Communications, A Division of the United States Trotting Association