Day At The Track

Liberty Bell divisions decided

03:14 PM 24 Sep 2015 NZST
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Maker Yankee (2) just gets up to win a division of the Liberty Bell
Maker Yankee (2) just gets up to win a division of the Liberty Bell
There were four divisions of the Liberty Bell for 2-year-old filly trotters at the harness racing meetings at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 23), each going for a purse of $35,000.

In the first division, it was Erv Miller & Paymaq Racing's Maker A Yankee (Marcus Miller) scoring the come from behind victory.
 
The daughter of Yankee Glide sat off the early duel while maintaining striking position throughout the middle half.
 
She entered the stretch two lengths from a battle between race favorite Maeve Quaider (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) and Lookin Sharp (Mike Simons).
 
She out closed Lookin Sharp in the final steps winning by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:57 for her second career win. She returned $13.40.

The second division saw Candy Lane (Ake Svanstedt) upset favorite Whitelake Hanover (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).
 
The daughter of Cantab Hall led the first quarter, but yielded to the heavy effort soon after.
 
They were one-two until the stretch, when Candy Lane drove out of the pocket to win by nearly a length, stopping the clock in 1:58.4.
 
Twice A Night (Jackie Ingrassia) finished third.
 
It was the second straight win for Candy Lane ($16.20), who is owned by Melby Gard Inc.
 
The Melby Gard / Ake Svanstedt connection struck again in division 3, as Gracie Hanover sprung the mild upset.
 
The daughter of Andover Hall followed the blueprint of the previous winner, leading the opening quarter, and yielding to race favorite Twill Be Done (Mike Simons) shortly after.
 
Gracie Hanover vacated the pocket, winning the sprint home by 2 lengths in the end, stopping the timer in 1:58.2. She paid $9.20.
 
The fourth and final division went to Jimmy Takter trainee Kathy Parker (Geo. Napolitano Jr.).
 
The daughter of Andover Hall drafted behind the determined speed of Windowshopper (Ray Schnittker) until three-quarters.
At that point, she engaged the leader, and was able to sprint away to win by 3 lengths in a series fastest 1:56.3.
 
Hot Curry (George Brennan) rallied up for place, while Windowshopper held third.
 
Kathy Parker ($2.20) has now won four of her last seven starts for owners Christina Takter, Joyce Mc Clelland, Brixton Medical and R A W Equine.

Mike Bozich
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