Day At The Track


05:24 PM 18 Oct 2005 NZDT
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Onsite Photographic - 2005 Violet Stake Championship - Victor's Finesse (Andy Miller) was all by herself at the finish of Monday night's (October 17) $56,000 Violet stake for 2-Year-Old state-bred trotting fillies.

Vandalay Racing’s Victor’s Finesse, as expected, added Monday night’s (October 17) $56,000 Violet Championship for state-bred trotting fillies to her first season accomplishments but for at least three-quarters of the mile some supporters of the overwhelming 1-5 favourite had to be a little worried.

Winning driver Andy Miller wasn’t one of them.

Violet elimination winner Fox Valley Oneida sprinted out from the six-slot, grabbed a quick lead, cut fractions of 29.2 seconds, 1.00.2 and 1.29.4 with Victor’s Finesse parked out from the half-mile marker on and still had a ¾ length lead at the three-quarter pole on the heavy favorite before he pacesetter went off stride heading into the final turn.

“I wasn’t worried about that other horse (Fox Valley Oneida) that we sat on the outside of—my filly had plenty of trot and was just waiting to go by her once we came out of the last turn,” said Miller. “I never even pulled her ear plugs tonight either. “

Victor’s Finesse was well in hand when she finished five and one-half lengths ahead of the second place horse Fox Valley Shimmy (Pat Berry). Chalking up her fourth consecutive victory and No. 10 in 15 first season starts for her Ancaster, Ontario owner. It was another length to the third place finisher Miss Sashi (Dale Hiteman).

Sent off to 20 cents on the dollar, Victor’s Finesse did produce a $3,169 minus show pool. The Erv Miller trained filly earlier captured the Springfield State Fair Final, a Hayes Memorial at DuQuoin and Balmoral Park’s Lady Lincoln Land Championship. The daughter of Valley Victor’s freshman season earnings now stand at $232,805.

Despite leaving from the coveted one-post, Miller wasn’t going to hurry his talented filly away at the start.

“The track was good tonight but I didn’t want to go winging out of there from the rail because sometimes that first turn is a little tough on a green trotter trying to get in gear after leaving the gate,” Andy said.

Courtesy Of Mike Paradise, Publicity Director, Maywood Park

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