WILKES-BARRE PA -- After three Breeders Crown races at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Saturday, the score was
The Hall of Famer conditioner won with his third 2YO on the night -- guided by three different drivers -- as Shake It Cerry (last name pronounced with a lead "K" sound) insisted on the early lead for sulkysitter , a winning strategy that lead to an open-length victory in the $500,000 freshman filly trot.
Pierce gunned out the victorious daughter of , who went off at 11-10 against even-money chalk Cooler Seelster, and his front-end strategy paid off in spades when the sometimes-headstrong chalk made a miscue when considering removing to the lead nearing the 1/4. From there Shake It Cerry was firmly in command, with splits of 27.1, 58, and 1:26 capped by a 27.4 kicker to set an all-tracksize Crown divisional record of 1:53.4. Nobody could mount a move on the outside; closest at the wire was pocketsitting Struck By Lindy (Dave Miller) , 1 3/4 lengths back; Market Rally (third on the rail), Ruby, and Scream And Shout got the minor paydays.
Pierce, who has won the 2YO filly trot Crown in three of the last four years, knew he was in good shape with the Solveig's Racing Partners homebred, "I controlled the pace; I was looking for Lifetime Pursuit (a Takter stablemate and the third choice), but then I saw she broke,so I knew I was in pretty good shape."
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com