Win Missy B wins a Breeders Crown tune-up
Washington, PA --- In a sharp tune-up for Saturday’s Breeders Crown Mare Trot Elimination, Win Missy B matched The Meadows track record of 1:53.2 in capturing Wednesday’s $18,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred, but she had to work hard late to do it.
Following a sizzling :26.4 first quarter, Win Missy B opened a daylight lead before the pocket-sitting Victory Is Coming rallied in the lane. Win Missy B responded to Dick Stillings’ urging and downed Victory Is Coming by a nose, with Trotslikethewind third. The time matched the mark for 4-year-old mares established last year by Firstclassprincess.
A career earner of nearly $1.6 million, Win Missy B struggled for most of 2013 but has put together three straight victories. Rich Gillock trains the daughter of Conway Hall--Winning Missbrenda for owner/breeder Bob Key. When she wheels back in three days, Win Missy B will leave from post five in the second division of the Mare Trot Eliminations at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
Brett Miller drove four winners on the 15-race card while Stillings and Gillock each fashioned a triple.
-- Evan Pattak
Puff Mommy continued her winning ways on Wednesday night as she rallied once again to win the $7,400 Open I-II pace for fillies and mares at Batavia Downs. It was the second straight victory for the razor-sharp Puff Mommy and third in her last four appearances. It was another big backside move that sent Puff Mommy ($7.30) to the victory. She went three-wide down the backstretch for Batavia Downs' leading driver Shawn McDonough and collared the pacesetting You're Too Funny at the top of the lane, easily pacing away to the 2-3/4 length win in 1:55.3 over the fast track. You're Too Funny (Kevin Cummings) held on for second while Real Joy (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot. It was the ninth win of the season for Puff Mommy (Cambest--Ten Pound Puff) who is owned by Empowered Racing and trained by Carl Smith. It moved the 6-year-old mare's season’s earnings to $51,808 and career total to $235,860. It was also her 30th career victory. Racing will continue on Friday night at Batavia Downs with a 12-race program slated to start at 6:30 p.m. The feature will be an $8,500 Open trot in which BZ Glide is the 5-2 favorite despite having been assigned the number eight post. Mike Caprio will be in the sulky.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Duke Of Gannon (Allie’s Western) won for the second consecutive time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Wednesday night as he completed a training double for Gary Levine. The wire-to-wire victory for Duke Of Gannon came in 1:56.1 for the race’s odds-on favorite in the evening’s $5,000 claiming pace. Shawn Gray piloted the 5-year-old pacer to his sixth victory of the season for Levine, who also saw his Kiss My Donkey (Somebeachsomewhere) score for the first time since coming to town last month. Like his stablemate, Duke Of Gannon, Kiss My Donkey secured a front running win on Wednesday, a victory that came in 1:57.3 with Stephane Bouchard in the sulky. The training double for the 2008 Up-and-Coming Trainer Award winner at the Spa has vaulted him into the top ten in the trainer standings for this season.