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Drop The Ball -1:49.1 in the Mistletoe Shalee

09:17 PM 06 Aug 2011 NZST
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The Ross Croghan trained Drop The Ball flew from back in the field to get up and win today's (Saturday August 6) $272,500 Mistletoe Shalee Final for harness racing 3-year-old pacing fillies at the Meadowlands. It was her fifth win in 14 career starts.

Pretty Katherine (Ron Pierce) and then Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) set up a hot pace with 26.3, 53.2 and 1:20.2 quarters before Drop The Ball and Yannick Gingras stormed home to record a career best 1:49.1 mile.

Gingras was happy the Drop The Ball team stuck with him.

"I'm just glad to have retained the drive on her. She's a quality filly who likes to chase. When she leads her mind can sometimes wander so I'm glad we had something to chase today," Gingras said.

Drop The Ball, a daughter of Western Terror, sat sixth on the rail before getting out late and flying home down the outer to win from Idyllic (David Miller) and Strike An Attitude (Dave Palone).

Former Australian and now Colts Neck (New Jersey) based trainer Croghan said although the filly had tested his patience in the past her win vindicated everything today.

"Some decisions we have made with her haven't worked out but today that all changed. She can be a bit strange at times but I think we are still to see the best of her," Croghan said.

The race sectionals were 26.3, 53.2 and 1:20.2.

Drop The Ball is owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc, Delray Beach-Dana L Parham- Robert Cooper Stables LLC, and Boca Raton, FL.

She was bred by Perfect World Enterprises, Old Westbury, NY.

The gifted bay paid $12.40 to win.

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Yannick Gingras, driver of Mistletoe Shalee winner Drop The Ball

By Duane RANGER (editor)

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