Delaware, Ohio – World records continue to fall at the Delaware County Fair and the top older trotting mare, Maven, rewrote the record books with an awesome 1:51.4 victory in winning the $125,000 Final of the Miss Versatility Trot.
Driven by Yannick Gingras the race was over right after the start. Gingras sent Maven to the lead and never looked back. She cut fractions of :26.4, :55.4 and 1:23.4 pulling away from the field at the top of the stretch and romping by seven and one-quarter lengths.
Personal Style went off-stride at the start and then by the opening quarter mile, race favorite D’Orsay (Corey Callahan) came first-over but then went off-stride. Then at the half mile pole, Beatgoesone Hanover (Dave Miller) tried coming first-over but could not catch up to Maven as Bax Of Life (John Campbell) was second-over and Daylon Miracle (Jody Jamieson) was sitting pretty with a two-hole trip behind Maven.
But no one could catch up to Maven as Bax Of Life finished second and Daylon Miracle was third.
“She was ready to go today,” Said trainer Jonas Czernyson, “I was not worried about her racing on a half mile and she did pretty good. Now we will take her to Lexington.”
It was the seventh win in ten starts this year for Maven, a four-year-old mare by Glidemaster. She is owned by W J Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
“She was very very sharp today,” driver Yannick Gingras said. “She did it easy. We wanted the world record today. We wanted to go as fast as she could go.”
Sent off at the 2-1 second choice in the race, Maven paid $6.80 to win. She beat the former world record of 1:54.4 set by Lifelong Victory by three full seconds.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com