Wilkes-Barre, PA – There were two $34,712 divisions of the Historic Series for three-year-old pacing fillies at Pocono Downs Tuesday evening and when they were over, Fancy Desire became the fastest filly currently in North America.
The daughter of Real Desire was able to leave well for driver George Napolitano, Jr., then make the most of perfect cover from race favorite Weeper (Dave Palone) before ducking inside the passing lane in the stretch to win by a half length in a lifetime best 1:49.1.
The victory brought an end to Weeper’s seven-race winning streak and Fancy Desire’s speedy time makes her the fastest filly in North American harness racing for 2014 on any size oval. She went off at odds of 13-1 and returned $29.20 to win.
The fourth race second division started out with Fancy Desire and Uffizi Hanover (David Miller) both leaving for the early lead with Fancy Desire winning out and parking out Weeper until after the opening quarter in a speedy :26.2. Weeper then took command and led past the half mile marker in :54.4. That was when Uffizi Hanover came out from third place first-over with Cinamony (Corey Callahan) following the outside flow.
As they came down the stretch was when Napolitano moved Fancy Desire inside and sealed the victory with a last quarter mile in :26.4.
I drove her as a two-year-old,” Napolitano said. “And she went in 1:53 and now she has grown up. I did not know how good a filly she was. 1:49 is pretty scary and I was shocked. I wanted to make Dave’s horse work a little bit and then I followed the best horse in the race and then went up the inside.”
It was the fifth start and second win this season for fancy Desire, who is trained by Kevin Carr and owned by Howard Jacobs of West Orange, NJ.
“I was surprised tonight,” said trainer Kevin Carr, “I knew she was good. She is staked to everything this season, Breeders Crown, the Jugette, Balmoral and on June 7 we go to Mohawk for the Roses Are Red Series.”
In the third race first division of the Historic Series, Katie Said and driver Marcus Miller took the tough route but despite having to race first-over from the backstretch, she was able to wear down pacesetter Table Talk (Corey Callahan) and then hold off That Woman Hanover (Mike Wilder) to win with ease in 1:51.2.
That Woman Hanover was the first to leave but quickly gave way to the 4/5 favorite, Table Talk, as she cut fractions of :27.3 and :55.4 to the half. That was when Marcus Miller came first-up with Katie Said and the daughter of Well Said was at ease first-over to the three-quarters in 1:24.
Then coming down the stretch, Katie Said put away Table Talk as Wilder came back in the passing lane to try and challenge Katie Said but it was too little too late as Katie Said strolled to a two length triumph. Table Talk was third.
“She is very very fast,” said Marcus Miller. “With the breaking problems she has had I drove her like a trotter. I figured I would be first-over despite the short field, but I wanted to keep her out of trouble. She kept on coming and I never pulled the plugs.”
It was a lifetime mark for Katie Said, who is trained by Julie Miller and her third win in four starts this year for the Andy Miller Stable of Millstone Township, NJ and Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ. She paid $5.20 to win.
By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com