O&B CHAMP HEADS UP VIOLET PACE ELIMS

06:43 AM 04 Oct 2005 NZDT
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Orange and Blue Filly Champion My Metallica is among the 21 state bred freshmen fillies competing tonight in a trio of eliminations for next Wednesday night’s (October 12) Violet Pace Final at Maywood Park.

With three seven-horse elimination fields only the first two finishers in each split are assured a berth in the $67,000 Violet showdown. A drawing will determine which of the two third-place finishers will gain the final.

My Metallicia will open up as the heavy 6-5 favorite in the fifth race—the first of the three Violet elims—with regular driver Tony Morgan at her lines. She captured the $260,000 Super Night championship in handy fashion despite a tough trip and her time of 1:52.3 equaled that stake’s record at Balmoral Park.

“She peaked at the right time,” said Morgan after the September 27 victory. “Tom (trainer Harmer) has done a great job of managing the filly. He told me early in the year that he thought the best filly he had was a daughter of Party At Artsplace. This filly was just slow getting started but she put it all together at the right time.”

After losing her first three career starts, My Metallica won the State Fair Consolation Stake in 1:53.4 on August 17. She was second best in the $45,000 First Lady DuQuoin Championship on September 3. A week later she took her Orange and Blue elimination in 1:53 flat. She then followed with her championship win, propelling her first season earnings to $140,165 for owners Ciara Stable (IL), Michael Polansky (NY) and William Johnson III (IL).

My Matellica will leave from post five tonight. She’ll be challenged by Apache Raindrop (6-1, Dean Magee), Street Dancer (9-2, Dale Hiteman), Gold Pearls (5-1, Tim Tetrick), Finale’s Angel (15-1, Matt Cox) and Sherrie On Ice (4-1, Andy Miller). The latter was the runner-up in Hawthorne’s $100,244 Sleazebiscuit Final for trainer Homer Hochstetler.

Sherrie On Ice’s stablemate Rhyme Or Reason will open as the 5-2 early favorite in the seventh race second elimination with driver Andy Miller in the bike. The Sportsmaster filly took her career best mile of 1:53.3 in her O&B elimination. She was fourth in the final after racing outside of My Mattelica part of the mile.

Indy Pendent Bay, fresh off a pair of triumphs, including a 1:55.4 clocking on a “good” surface in Balmoral Park’s Thrifty Way stake, is the 3-1 morning-line second choice with Pat Berry, who’ll again handle the driving chores for trainer Ron Vanderostyne. Belle Zelle (5-1, Tim Tetrick), Little Sweetheart (4-1, Sam Widger), Hot Fusion (6-1, Tony Morgan), Free (8-1, Dean Magee) and TJ’s Molly May (8-1, Dale Hiteman) round out the second elimination

The ninth race third split looks wide open. The early favoritism is divided between Piene Bubbles (5-2, Tim Tetrick), Spanish Rosey (3-1, Pat Berry), Party At Joyces (7-2) and Rachel’s Rich (4-1). Park It Amy (20-1, Dale Hiteman), Shes A Big Star (6-1, Mike Oosting) and Justina Jones (8-1, Sam Widger) complete the third elimination.

From: Mike Paradise, director of publicity

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