The early season harness racing showdown between Maven, last year's Dan Patch Award winning Older Female Trotter of the Year, and the undefeated Perfect Alliance, nine for nine in races this year is off. Both outstanding female trotters were eligible and on a collision course to meet this Sunday in the $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff Trot.
Julie Miller, trainer of Perfect Alliance, has decided not to enter her in the closing night feature at Miami Valley Racetrack. Miller was on record saying that Perfect Alliance needed to freshen up after having trotted in nine races already this year. Maven is still slated to enter before heading off to Europe for the Elitlopp.
Perfect Alliance's undefeated season stands at nine straight wins, including sweeping the Bobby Weiss Series at Pocono Downs and the Charles Singer Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack. She now has lifetime earnings of $165,001 with eleven wins in twenty-seven lifetime starts. Her best time this year has been in 152.2 at the Meadowlands.
"She has had nine starts already this year," Miller said. "We wanted to give her a freshen up after all those starts. It's going to be a long season. We are going to keep her at her home base. My plan is to qualify her next Saturday at the Meadowlands and then head up to Canada, instead of heading over there for just one race and coming back.
"We have to look at the whole schedule," Miller said. "I wanted to talk to the owners and get everybody's opinion on it. When the group had the discussion we decided to skip the Miami Valley Race.
"I am sure the showdown with Maven will happen eventually," Miller explained. "It's just not going to happen this Sunday. I am sure we will meet up in the future. The next race for Perfect Alliance is the Miss Versatility on May 19th and the Armbro Flight in Canada."
The $50,000 Miami Valley Distaff Trot still figures to be a formative race. It is Maven's only race this year before heading off to face the best trotters in the world in the Elitlopp. Three other outstanding trotters from the Jonas Czernyson's stable are planning to race this Sunday, D'Orsey, who won four of fourteen races and $189.928 last year, Ma Chere Hall, who won nine of seventeen races for $506,869 as a three-year-old, and Mistery Woman, who won three of fifteen starts for $292,323.
Although Maven and Perfect Alliance will not be racing against each other this Sunday, there will be other meetings this year. Then add in the 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician, to the mix. She is reported to be qualifying very soon. All three could be racing in the same older mare trot stake races this year. What an exciting year of racing this could be.
by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com