Day At The Track

Sara The Spy bumps off rivals in Tilly Stakes

03:14 PM 15 Apr 2013 NZST
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Dean Magee guided Sara The Spy
Dean Magee guided Sara The Spy - (inside- #3) to a neck decision in the Trotting Tilly Stake

The first trotting stake of the 2013 harness racing season was contested on Sunday night at Balmoral and when the smoke cleared it was the Dane May owned and trained Sara The Spy who took home top honors, winning the $12,000 Trotting Tilly Stake by a diminishing neck in 1:59.3

Nicely handled by driver Dean Magee, the daughter of Powerful Emotion-Sarabella was allowed to settle at the back of the pack after making a slight miscue leaving the gate.

The bay filly then rushed by her four rivals after a slow opening quarter of 31.2 and was in control of the proceedings as she led the field through a half-mile in 1:00.3.

Heading around the far turn the Lady Lincoln Land Consolation runner-up began to put some daylight between herself and the rest of the field as she rolled by the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:29.3.

After opening up a 3 ½ length margin at the mid-stretch call Sara The Spy then dug in gamely to hold off the late charge of Powerful Goddess (Mike Cox) for her first lifetime victory. Powerful Goddess was forced to settle for the bridesmaid role while American Empress (Homer Hochstetler) finished third, 2 ¼ lengths behind.

The winner returned $6.60, $4.20 & $2.80 while posting her first win in nine tries.

Tom Kelley

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