Day At The Track

Major Dancer captures Town Pro series finale

03:48 PM 05 Jul 2014 NZST
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Major Dancer and driver Chris Christoforou cruised to a 1:51.2 victory
Major Dancer and driver Chris Christoforou cruised to a 1:51.2 victory
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CAMPBELLVILLE, July 4 - Major Dancer and driver Chris Christoforou cruised to a 1:51.2 victory in the $49,200 final of the Town Pro Pacing Series for harness racing three-year-old fillies, Friday night at Mohawk.

Trained by Casie Coleman, Major Dancer captured the first leg of the Town Pro, but came up half a length short in the second leg despite closing with :26.3 speed.

In the final, after getting away fifth, Christoforou didn't wait until the final turn to make his bid for the lead, as he sent Major Dancer first up nearing the half, which went in :55, seizing the command at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.

In the stretch, Major Dancer and Christoforou opened up a good lead and sailed to a 3 ¼ length victory. Palm Beach Hanover followed Major Dancer around the final turn and finish second, while Happily Ever was third.

"Tonight I was a little bit worried when I had to go first up again," said Adriano Sorella, co-owner of Major Dancer, following the race. "She was game tonight. She looked good."

The series finale victory improved Major Dancer's record to four wins in eight starts this season.

Major Dancer was a half length short in the second leg of completing a Town Pro Series sweep, but Sorella said he wasn't too disappointed with the defeat in round two. "You can't be disappointed with her coming home like that. She was a little bit further behind last week, she was throwing her head before the gate, so she kind of missed the gate last week, but she raced real good and I was happy with what we had tonight."

A daughter of Art Major-Two Steppin Sally, Major Dancer boosted her career bankroll to over $93,000 with the sixth victory of her career for owners West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Sorella.

Sorella noted after the race that Major Dancer will now head to New York to compete in Sires Stakes action.

Major Dancer paid $3.90 to win as the public choice.

Mark McKelvie
 
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