Yonkers, NY --- Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) romped to a stakes record Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $178,684 final of the Lady Maud pace for 3-year-old fillies with the greatest of ease.
Mike Lizzi photo Charisma Hanover set a stakes record in Saturday night's Lady Maud pace for 3-year-old fillies at Yonkers Raceway.
Even though her escort said "she's not at her best on the front," Gingras took matters into his own hands early. As the only leaver--from post position No. 4--Charisma Hanover worked around 58-1 pole-sitter Certified Ideal (Jim Pantaleano) well before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile.
After a :56.2 intermission, Scandalous Hanover (Dave Miller)--last week's other elim winner and the lone $15,000 supplemental entrant--tried it first-up from fifth. That one couldn't get close to Charisma Hanover who found a 1:24 three-quarters. The people's preference owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane, then widened.
The final margin was 3-1/2 lengths in 1:52...a tick slower than her effort of a week ago, but a tick faster than Bettor B Lucky's Lady Maud win from a season ago. Certified Ideal managed to hold second from a very loose pocket, with Scandalous Hanover, Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) and Antigua Hanover (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the payees.
Live Entertainment (Brian Sears), Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan) and Parleee Beach (Tim Tetrick), entrymate of Scandalous Hanover, completed the order.
For Charisma Hanover, a daughter of Dragon Again co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, she returned $2.90 for her 11th win in 17 '13 tries. The exacta paid $51.50, with the triple returning $96.50.
Gingras won this race for a second time, seven seasons after the double-millionairess Darlin's Delight.
“When I saw the half in :56.2, I felt pretty good from there,” Gingras said. “I thought it was her race to lose and drove her that way. Even though she went so fast last week, I never had to pull the plugs and I knew I'd have a lot for the final."