Day At The Track

Drop The Ball scores in Allerage Farms Pace

09:13 PM 07 Oct 2012 NZDT
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Drop The Ball - Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Ross Croghan
Nigel Soult Photo

The Sunday (Oct. 7) harness racing card at The Red Mile featured a pair of Allerage Farms events for older pacers.

In the $70,000 mares pace, Let It Ride Stables, Dana Parham and Robert Cooper Stables' Drop The Ball came from last at the three-quarters to first at the wire as she posted her sixth season's win in a time of 1:49.2. Yannick Gingras was in the bike for trainer Ross Croghan as the 4-year-old Western Terror-Mattcheck Girl mare improved her 2012 earnings to $340,000.

Anndrovette and Tim Tetrick left from the rail and took the field of five through rated fractions of :28, :55.3 and 1:23.3. Drop The Ball sat fourth through the first half-mile, then was shuffled back to fifth when Rocklamation began a first-over move from fifth.

Drop The Ball followed that cover, shook loose in the lane and closed out a fast final quarter by hitting the wire in 1:49.2. Rocklamation (Jim Morrill, Jr.) was second and Anndrovette checked in third.

"It was strategy," said Gingras of his trip. "In the Milton (in her last start) she should have never gotten beat (a sixth place finish after leading for much of the mile). I really believe I have the best filly and she's got a big, big half in her. I used it too early in the Milton. That one was on me."

from the USTA Communications Department

Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom

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