Scandalous Hanover and driver Dave Miller were able to sweep three-wide around the final turn and just get up at the wire to win the $122,212 Shady Daisy Pace for three-year-old fillies at Tioga Downs Monday.
It took a suicide mission by Nikki Beach (Ron Pierce) and Ms Caila J Fra (Simon Allard) from the start to set up the dramatic finish.
Nikki Beach was the first on the lead in the 5th race co-feature as Pierce sent his filly right to the front from post five with Live Entertainment (Yannick Gingras) in the two-hole. But Allard had Ms Caila J Fra on the bit and moving on the outside as the field past the opening quarter mile in :27.
That was where the battle really began. With Nikki Beach on the lead, Ms Caila J Fra kept coming first-over and would not back off as Nikki Beach also dug in and at the half mile in :53.2 those two were still going at it neck and neck. Meanwhile, Shebestingin and driver Brian Sears had gone three-wide before the half to try and loop the race leaders but could not get the job done and had to settle for second over behind Ms Caila J Fra.
Then at the three-quarters in 1:21.2 the action only heated up even more as Nikki Beach was still alive on the rail and parking out Ms Caila J Fra who could not pass her by with Shebestingin following second-over and Miller and Scandalous Hanover licking their chops third over. They then got into the race, fanning three-wide on the final turn and looked to blow the field away once they started down the stretch.
But that was not going to happen because no one told Ms Caila J Fra that she should be tired after being parked out the entire mile.
Nikki Beach had spit out the bit once the field turned for home and Shebestingin did not have another move left, but Ms Caila J Fra would not give up to Scandalolus Hanover until the very end of the race, losing by a neck in 1:51. Shebestingin was third.
It was the fourth straight win and ninth victory of the year for Scandalous Hanover. The Dragon Again filly from the Die Laughing mare, Subtle Charm, is trained by Casie Coleman and is owned by the West Winds Stable and Adriano Sirella, both of Ontario, Canada. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Scandalous Hanover paid $8.30 to win.
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by Steve Wolf