Day At The Track


12:10 AM 22 Sep 2003 NZST
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Eye Perfect was all business on Saturday night (September 20) at the Meadows, trotting a 1.57 in the $138,412 Delmonica Hanover to establish stakes and track records.

Eye Perfect, whose strong will and short attention span caused a worrisome string of in-race miscues, focused well to win the Delmonica Hanover, a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 2-Year-Old fillies.

Other divisional winners, each earning $17,301, were Win B, Godess of Chaos and Merit Badge.

On Saturday, October 18, the Meadows will host the finals of all four Pennsylvania Sires Stakes for 2-Year-Olds.

These races are companion features to the Messenger and the Lady Maud, creating a card that will offer more than $1 million in purses, if Messenger elimination heats are included.

Eye Perfect was perfect coming into the Delmonica Hanover (a perfect zero for seven) with breaks in her last two starts.

Trainer Don Wiest, a 50-year veteran of harness racing, attributed the breaks to wilfulness and restlessness.

“You’ve got to keep her mind occupied. When her mind wanders she makes a break,” Wiest said.

“She’s the kind of a filly that, if she wants to do it, she can do it. That’s what she wanted to do tonight. She loves to race out of a hole.”

The daughter of Lindy Lane sat a perfect pocket trip behind Satori Hanover when driver Doug Snyder tipped her past the three-quarter pole.

Eye Perfect blew past Satori Hanover and kept on going, winning by 6¾ lengths.

“I kept her attention down the stretch because she’ll get a little fumbly if you don’t,” Snyder said.

“You don’t want to let her relax totally-she could fall apart then.”

Eye Perfect is owned by Don Wiest and Edward Kimmel.

The mile bettered the previous stakes and track records set in the 2001 Delmonica Hanover by ENS Tag Session.

While that one saw her records eclipsed, her family honour was upheld by her full sister, Win B.

Both are by Tagliabue out of the Town Escort mare, Regression.

Bob Blanton, Junior who drives Win B for his daughter, trainer Belinda Blanton, said he was not sure Win B ever would follow in her sister’s footsteps.

“She’s maturing at just about the right time, I hope - we have the final coming up next month,” Blanton said.

“I was going to take it easy with her, and if I got beat, I got beat. But we won easily, she came home fine.”

Comfortable fractions provided a front end win in 1.59 for Win B, who was a neck better than BWT Maija with Bs Blackwood in third.

Win B is owned by No Excuse Stable.

Merit Badge, who won elimination heats of the Merrie Annabelle and the Oakville Stakes before finishing fourth in both finals, showed that she is among the best in the Keystone State.

Merit Badge scored a handy four-length win for Dave Palone in 1.59.3 over Daisy Chip and Sea Urchin Hanover.

Trainer Chris Beaver said Merit Badge is eligible for the Goldsmith Maid but could skip that in favour of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final.

“We had a good shot in the Merrie Annabelle, she just got a little too far back too early,” Beaver said.

“In the Oakville at Mohawk, we could beat most of the field, but the filly who won it looked tough.

"The Sire Stakes final gives her a back-up so she doesn’t have to face those types every week.”

A daughter of Tagliabue, Merit Badge is owned by Beaver, Johanna Beaver, David Lang, and Mary McLaughlin.

Godess of Chaos, a diminutive filly, pulled the pocket on two different occasions for driver Mike Simons before she was able to pass the game leader, D Ann Mariah, for a win in 2.01.2.

Lindy’s Fireball rebounded from an early break to complete the ticket.

Jim Raymer, who trains the daughter of S J’s Photo for Trillium Racing Stable and John J. Gale Racing Stable, drove the youngster in her early races.

Lately Raymer has been naming Wally Hennessey and Simons to help change his luck.

“She is small but S J’s Photo is small and I tend to buy his offspring. They’re cheaper by the pound that way.”

Courtesy Of Tracy Bittner, Assistant General Manager, The Meadows with contributions from Evan Pattak

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