Day At The Track

Ella Christina pulls off 56-1 Adioo Volo shocker

04:44 PM 30 Jul 2017 NZST
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Ella Christina Blazin Britches
Ella Christina
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Blazin Britches
Chris Gooden Photo

WASHINGTON, PA, July 29, 2017 -- Dismissed at 56-1, Ella Christina poured through the Lightning Lane to pull off a harness racing shocker in Saturday's $125,950 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows. Blazin Britches captured the other division of the Adioo Volo, a Grand Circuit stake for 3-year-old filly pacers that was part of the Adios Card.

Ella Christina hadn't won a stake this year, and driver Jim Pantaleano had little chance to get her into the cover flow.

"Going down the backstretch, I thought I might follow one of the favorites, but that spot disappeared and kind of made my decision for me," he said. "They weren't going much on the lead, so I figured they'd be getting home pretty good. I was surprised my filly had as much pace as she did. They were honking home pretty good."

The daughter of Western Ideal-Arthroscopic was fourth and apparently going nowhere when the horse immediately in front of her, Glassine Hanover, tipped off the cones for the drive.

That was the opportunity Ella Christina needed, and she took full advantage of it, downing Colorful Jasmine by 1/2 length in 1:52.2, matching her career best. Rosemary Rose was third. Nick Surick trains Ella Christina for Nick Surick Stable, J.L. Benson Stables, William Daggett, Jr. and Lawrence Vukovic.

Ella Christina

The freshman campaign of Blazin Britches was aborted after a single race due to soreness, but she won six of her first seven starts this year, racing primarily at Hoosier Park. Then, trainer Brian Brown thought he noticed something amiss in her recent outings.

"We figure she bled her last three starts; luckily, we found it in time," Brown said. "She looked like she would win in 1:50, and she got halfway up the stretch and started to let up. As you saw today, she didn't give up."

With the addition of Lasix for the Adioo Volo, Blazin Britches gobbled up the leader, Bettor's Up, with a backside burst and went on to defeat her by 2 lengths in 1:50.1, a career best. Brazuca earned show.

Emerald Highlands Farm bred and owns Blazin Britches, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Soggy Britches who is eligible for most of the rich year-end stakes.

Blazin Britches

Other races on Adios day at the Meadows;

Whatstroublnurocky by A Rocknroll Dance - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers

Broadway Concert by Broadway Hall - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters

Disorder by Somebeachsomewhere - Arden Downs 2yo C&G Pacers

Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive - Arden Downs 3yo C&G Trotters

Reign On Me by Well Said - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers

Cult Icon by Bettor's Delight - Arden Downs 2yo Filly Pacers

Crann Tara by Donato Hanover - Arden Downs 3yo Filly Trotters

Dapper Dude by Ponder - The Meadows Preferred Hcp Pace

The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

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