CHARMED LIFE UPSETS IN MISS VERSATILITY
Closing from seventh place at the top of the stretch, Also Encouraging and driver David Miller surprised the field by mowing down the field and posting a one length triumph in the $150,000 Shady Daisy Pace for three-year-old fillies at Tioga Downs Monday.
It was Beach Body (Ron Pierce) the first on the lead with Tyra (Tim Tetrick) leaving and taking the two-hold spot to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. Then Gallie Bythe Beach and driver John Campbell came first-over at the half in :54.1 to take command but by the time she settled down here comes Fancy Desire (Mark MacDonald) first-over with Katie Said (Marcus Miller) following the outside flow.
To the three-quarters in a fast 1:22.2, Gallie Bythe Beach held off Fancy Desire as Marcus Miller tipped three-wide on the final turn with Katie Said and far back still was Also Encouraging tipping four-wide.
Then in the stretch, Katie Said wore down Gallie Bythe Beach but they could not hold off the late closing Also Encouraging who went on to win in 1:52. Ali Blue (Yannick Gingras) closed well to be third.
It was a lifetime mark and the fourth win this year for Also Encouraging, who is trained by Casie Coleman, who also won last year’s Shady Daisy with Scandalous Hanover, who was also driven by David Miller. Also Encouraging is owned by the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Ontario. She paid $7.40 to win.
“She paced really really well,” David Miller said. “There was a lot of speed, which was expected. I thought I was too far back in the backstretch. She really kicked it in when I asked her to go.
“She is really coming into her own now,” Miller added, “And at the right time. I raced her last year and she was real consistent. She has come back this year and is really awesome. She’s got a lot of racing left and she is coming in strong.”
Charmed Life upsets in Miss Versatility Trot
Charmed Life was given a perfect second-over drive by Jody Jamieson and was able to upset race favorite Classic Martine in capturing the $40,000 Miss Versatility Open Mares Trot in track record time.
It was Frau Blucher (Ron Pierce) who first went out to the early lead with Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) grabbing the two-hole spot. Then by the opening quarter mile in :27.1, Tetrick sent Classic Martine to the front.
Then David Miller came first-over with Ma Chere Hall but they went off-stride and then by the half mile marker in :56 second it was Maven and driver Yannick Gingras coming first-over and they gave Charmed Life the outside cover they desired.
After the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Maven was still hanging tough first-over but Jamieson was not waiting any longer and tipped Charmed Life to the outside and they were able to close strongly in the stretch, collar Classic Martine and go on to win by a neck in 1:52.2. Frau Blucher was third.
The time of the race was the fastest mile ever at Tioga Downs for a female trotter, surpassing the prior record by Autumn Escapade in 2011.
A four-year-old mare by Majestic Son, Charmed Life is trained by Dave Menary and is owned by Menary, Inc., Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero, all of Ontario. She went off at odds of 8-1 and paid $19.60 to win.
“With the trip I was getting I knew I had a good shot,” said Jody Jamieson, I didn’t I was going to get there but in the last few steps she just surged like she always does. She has been great since her acquisition.”
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com