LEG TWO OF THE SLEAZEBISQUIT SERIES

05:31 AM 07 Jul 2005 NZST
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Wednesday night’s (July 6) featured the second leg of the Sleazebisquit Series races for 2-Year-Old fillies conceived and foaled in Illinois, went as expected at Hawthorne Racecourse.

The star of the night might have been a filly who went off as the third choice in the wagering in the fourth race.

Meant to Persist, owned by Ronald Michelon and Ervin Miller and trained by Erv Miller, had been very sharp at Springfield in qualifiers but you really couldn’t expect to see the move that she made in her first real race.

Content to race far back early, through fractions of 30.2 seconds, 1.01.1, and 1.31.3, she was still seventh at the top of the stretch, but when driver Andy Miller let her loose, she started passing her rivals like they were standing still.

Getting the last quarter in a very healthy 25.1s, she was only a neck in front at the wire but that margin didn’t begin to describe her effort.

They covered the mile in 1.58.4 which was the slowest mile in any of the three Series legs of the night but that made her late move even more impressive.

ncredible Kitty, owned by Robert Le Roy Enterprises Inc., the beaten favourite in the opening leg of the Sleazebisquit Series, made amends in Wednesday’s second race.

On the lead from the quarter pole on, this filly held on by a rapidly diminishing head.

A steward’s inquiry was called after this winning filly came out a bit late but the results stood after it was determined that there were insufficient grounds for a disqualification.

Trained by Harry Von Knoblauch, this filly got the mile in 1.55.1 after fractions of 28.3s, 57.1s, and 1.27.2 and paid $2.80 for the victory.

Another favourite won the third division of the night.

Peine Bubbles, owned by Mark Turchik & Odds On Racing, trained by Robin Schadt and driven by Tim Tetrick, had the biggest winning margin of the three divisions, holding on by a length after taking a two-length lead in the stretch.

They set fractions of 27.3s, 56.3s, and 1.27 and concluded the mile in 1.55.2.

The third leg of the Sleazebisquit Series take place on July 27 with the Final, worth an estimated $100,000 to be contested on August 5.

Courtesy Of Jim Miller, Publicity Director, Hawthorne Racecourse

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