Day At The Track

Jody Jamieson and Il Villaggio beat the best!

02:18 PM 25 Aug 2011 NZST
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Il Villaggio and harness rascing driver Jody Jamieson swept past the favored Arch Madness rounding the final turn and trotted to a new track record to win the $213,500 Pride in Progress on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at Indiana Downs.

The Yankee Glide stallion, trained by Blair Burgess, bested a field of top Free For All trotters by 4-1/4 lengths in a time of 1:53. Hot Shot Blue Chip and Dave Magee finished second, with Al Cantab, the other half of a Burgess-trained entry, finishing third.

Starting from the second tier, in post 10, Jamieson was concerned with his position trailing Hot Shot Blue Chip at the gate. As the starter pulled away Brian Sears sent Arch Madness to the lead as Il Villaggio followed All Cantab, driven by Trace Tetrick, and Hot Shot Blue Chip through a :26.3 opening quarter. Lucky Jim, tabbed the second choice, broke stride before the quarter and was never a factor.

"He was hot behind the gate tonight and wanted to go over top of everybody else," Jamieson said of the 4-year-old. "I was concerned about the trailing spot. They're always cautious with Hot Shot Blue Chip, but he got away okay."

As Arch Madness reached the half (:54.3), Jamieson decided he could sit no longer, pulling from fourth and surging on the outside to challenge. Heading the leader at three quarters (1:23.1), Il Villaggio dispatched the favorite and trotted home in :29.4 to earn his fifth win in 10 starts.

"I was still pulling on him pretty hard at the half and I decided to take my shot," he explained. "When we got to Arch Madness he was done. My horse powered by him."

Fourth in his last start, the $300,000 Nat Ray, Il Villaggio added his name to the Indiana Downs record book. Owned by Brittany Farms, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Inc. and Il Villaggio Partners, the stallion lowered the track record for older trotters by one-fifth second. The record was previously held by Triumphant Caviar and set last September.

"Through it all he's been getting better every time," Burgess said about his pupil. "First-over doesn't bother him. He's not a coward; he's not afraid of that. He has a high turn of speed. He's always had that, but it takes him longer to get into gear."

Indiana Downs also played host to two divisions of freshman filly trotters in the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. The first of the two divisions, also known as the Yankee Glide, worth $105,000, produced another track record when Win Missy B tripped the timer in 1:56.1. Chilitodayhotamale picked up the win in the second division, also called the Muscle Mass, in 1:56.3.

Drawing post four in the seven-filly contest, Win Missy B and trainer Charlie Norris left the gate second behind Canadian Justice and Peter Wrenn. But the duo didn't sit long; they were out and moving to the lead on the way to a :57 opening half. Win Missy B would come under fire from the favorite, On The Bright Side, but the filly never cleared the front and broke stride racing to the three-quarters (1:26.3).

"She was pretty comfortable and I wasn't pressing her," Norris commented. "She did it all on her own."

A neck in front of Aunt Mel and Marcus Miller at the top of the stretch, Win Missy B crossed the wire one-half length in front. Canadian Justice finished third. The victory was the third in six starts for the Conway Hall filly bred and owned by Robert Key.

"She's really learning how to race now. She put her game face on," the trainer added. "She was hot in the beginning, but now she will let you do anything you want."

The time lowered the track record for freshman filly trotters by two-fifths seconds. Solveig had set the previous mark of 1:56.3 by winning her Kentuckiana division in August 2004.

Starting from the outside post in the field of seven, Chilitodayhotamale trotted a :28.3 final panel to overtake Dream On Hanover, guided by Brett Miller, and the favored Personal Style (Jody Jamieson) to capture the second $105,000 division for driver Brian Sears. Racing fifth at the quarter (:27.4), the Muscles Yankee lass advanced to third turning for home as several fillies conceded positions after breaking stride.

"There were quite a few green fillies in there and I hoped to get good position," Sears noted. "I was able to get a nice trip following Jody and it worked out well after that. She got pretty brave there and I thought I could get by Brett's filly. Once she got by she kind of let up. I chased after her and she went on again."

Twice a runner-up in three previous starts, the pupil of Trond Smedshammer earned her first career win. Chilitodayhotamale was bred and is owned by Michael Andrew.

The undercard offered four $40,000 Indiana Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers. Next Flight In kept his undefeated streak intact, winning his sixth start with a 1:52.1 effort. The Panspacificflight colt matched his last effort, a track record equaling performance Aug. 3. The Erv Miller-trained freshman is owned by Mystical Marker Farms, Mary Jane Anderson and Jack and Peggy Hood. Peter Wrenn piloted the colt.

Fritz Bow, another Panspacificflight freshman, came from way back turning for home to win his third race in as many starts, this one in 1:54.2. Driven by Mike Peterson, the favorite sprinted home in :27.3 to win by nearly three lengths for owner and trainer Leroy Slabaugh. Royal Todd, a Royal Art gelding, won his second career start with a 1:53.2 effort to take the third $40,000 split. Josh Sutton steered the freshman, who is trained by Rodney Lorenzo.

Mykindachip romped in the fourth and final division, pacing the mile in 1:52.4 and crossing the wire more than 11 lengths in front. The Art's Chip gelding, trained by Dan Bowermaster, was driven to victory by Dan Shetler.

from Indiana Downs

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom


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