|Naughtytiltheend won for the third time this year in the pacing feature|
All the while, it was a Naughtytiltheend and a soft, :30 next interval (:58.3 half) before Late Flyin N pulled. Unfortunately for the public choice, who was on that's one back, Late Flyin N wasn't doing much for the cause.
That gave Naughtytiltheend some separation in and out of the 1:26 three-quarters, and she had a couple of lengths turning for home. The leader held sway, defeating the fast-closing favorite by three-quarter lengths in 1:54.2. Hula's Z Tam, Late Flyin N, who has eight consecutive wins versus claimers, and Artsy Princess (Jason Bartlett) rounded-out the payees.
The second choice, Naughtytiltheend, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Erv Miller for owner Diamond Creek Farm, recorded her third win in 30 season’s starts. The Exacta paid $36.40, with the Triple returning $141.50.
|Celebrity Bluechip and Jason Bartlett were clear of the others at the wire|
Thaty one moved from third, engulfing Lorenzo Dream before the 1:26.1 three-quarters. E L Rock (Eric Goodell) was second-up, with the 3-5 choice, Arriba Amigo (Geroge Brennan), behind that one. Take My Picture (Mark MacDonald) was looking to extricate himself from behind a stopping pacesetter.
It was Celebrity Bluechip, owning a 2-½ length lead moving into the lane, which turned into 3-¾ lengths at the wire, who won in 1:56. Arriba Amigo, the win streak ending at six, settled for second, with Take My Picture, E L Rock and the 3-year-old New York Sire Stakes veteran Brookroad Knight (Jeff Gregory) grabbing the minor moolah.
Celebrity Bluechip, a 5-year-old state-bred son of Credit Winner trained by Ron Burke for himself (as Burke Racing), Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic and M1 Stables, was the second choice and scored his fourth win in 22 tries in 2012. The Exacta paid $17.20, the Triple returned $51.50 and the Superfecta paid $215.00.