Day At The Track

New York-bred Shelliscape sets world record

02:28 AM 20 Sep 2012 NZST
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Shelliscape & Shawn Gray
Shelliscape & Shawn Gray - winning last month.
Photo courtesy of Paul White

Just two days after four-year-old New York-bred superstar Betterthancheddar set a world record for four-year-old pacers on a half-mile track winning the $216,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial in 1:49.2 at Harrington Raceway, Robert McIntosh Stables, C.S.X. Stables and DM Stables' Shelliscape set a world record for three-year-old filly pacers on a half-mile track of 1:50.3 at Delaware, Ohio, in the second harness racing division of the first heat of the Jugette Wednesday afternoon.

Shelliscape, sent off at 23-1 in the field of seven, made a stunning three-wide move on the final turn to score by 6 ¼ lengths for driver John Campbell and trainer Robert McIntosh.

The daughter of Artiscape had won just one of her previous 10 starts this year, but advanced to the second and final heat.

Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, W.J. Donovan and Lawrence Karr’s New York-bred Bettor B Lucky won the first division of the first heat wire-to-wire in 1:51.4 with Jim Morrill driving for trainer Ron Burke. Morrill hard from the three post while Tim Tetrick shot up 3-5 New York-bred favorite American Jewel up on the outside from the seven post.

But instead of letting American Jewel make the top, Morrill stepped on the gas and parked American Jewel, who had set a World Record of her own earlier this season at Mohawk Raceway when she captured the $629,160 Fan Hanover Final in 1:48 2/5. She was, however, making her first start on a half-mile track Wednesday.

Bettor B Lucky, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight who had finished second in her four previous races, ripped through a quarter in :26.4 and a half in :55.4. Tetrick, sensing he had no other option, tried rating American Jewel on the outside.

They remained 1-2 through a 1:23.1 three-quarters and American Jewel held gamely on the outside. In deep stretch, Bettor B Lucky inched away while Sectionline Yankee out-finished American Jewel for second.

In the second heat, Economy Terror went off the 3-5 favorite from the seven post with Dave Palone driving. They went by Angel Scent and Darena Hanover to make the front, but had to go :26 in the first quarter to get there. Angel Scent was content to sit in the pocket, while another New York-bred, Eighthunrdolarbill, advanced first-over to challenge. Behind them, Campbell had Shelliscape wound up and she exploded past the leaders with a breathtaking rush on the turn. “I thought we had a good chance to make the final,” Campbell said. “If you look at her lines, she raced really well at Batavia and those New York-sired horses are just as good those fillies on the Grand Circuit.”

In the final, Shelliscape and Bettor B Lucky had the rail and post two, respectively, while American Jewel left from post five.

Morrill made the lead with Bettor B Lucky, but Yannick Gingras was intent on making the front from post three with Darena Hanover, who had finished second to Shelliscape in the first heat.

Darena Hanover sailed through an opening quarter in :26 4/5 before Gingras got her a breather, reaching the half in :55. Shelliscape pulled out in front of American Jewel to go first over and advanced to second on Darena Hanover’s outside through three-quarters in 1:22.3.

Darena Hanover was unyielding, and she finally put Shelliscape away, while Morrill shot up on Darena Hanover’s inside with Bettor B Lucky. Darena Hanover had enough left to hold Bettor B Lucky off by three-quarters of a length in 1:51, which would have been a World Record if Shelliscape hadn’t already broken it in the first heat. American Jewel finished fourth.

There was no race-off of the three winners, as the winner of the third heat is declared the winner of the Jugette.

Earlier on the Jugette card, New York-bred Fancy, a huge longshot, finished second in the first division of the Buckette three-year-old filly trot to Canadian Justice in 1:57.3. Fancy, a daughter of Conway Hall, paid $35 to place.

by Bill HELLER for the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund

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