WASHINGTON, PA, April 9, 2014 -- Steppin Out stepped lively during a determined uncovered bid and rolled on to victory in Wednesday's opening leg of the Unefoisdansmavie Trot at The Meadows. Donato's Peach and Silent Opera K also took $17,500 splits in the series for 3-year-old filly trotters named for Unefoisdansmavie, a fast-class trotter currently competing at The Meadows for thestable.
Steppin Out took a mark of 1:57.2 as a freshman but had been hampered by recent gaiting problems. Trainer Chas Norris equipped her with hopples Wednesday, and she flashed her old form, scoring in 1:58.2 for. Exclusive Photo was second, 1/2 length back, with Glide By Shooting third. Glat Kosher Racing campaigns Steppin Out, a daughter of -Quantum Darling.
In something of an oddity, Unefoisdansmavie raced in the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap on the same card that featured the series named for her. Poetic as a win might have been for her, it was not to be, as she encountered a buzz saw named Daylon Miracle, who captured her sixth victory in her last seven starts.
moved Daylon Miracle twice -- once for position from post 8, once on a relentless first-over mission that carried her past the leader, Magic Wheel. The 5-year-old daughter of -Daylon Marvel triumphed in 1:54.1, 1/2 length better than the rallying Mistress Valentine. Magic Wheel saved show while the pocket-sitting Unefoisdansmavie had to settle for fourth.
owns and trains Daylon Miracle, who now boasts $320,003 in career earnings. Merriman drove four winners on the 15-race card while and each fashioned a triple.
by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows