Crete, IL --- Charisma Hanover upset I Luv The Nitelife in a nail-biting finish in the $161,000 American-National for 3-year-old filly pacers on Saturday (Nov. 9) at Balmoral Park in a new track and stakes record clocking of 1:49.
|Balmoral Park photo|
|Charisma Hanover nipped I Luv The Nitelife in 1:49 in the American-National 3-year-old filly pace.|
Driven by Yannick Gingas for trainer Ron Burke, Charisma Hanover is a sophomore daughter of Dragon Again-Caught The Bouquet and notched her 15th career victory and 12th win this season, pushing her 2013 earnings to $543,229 for owners Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi.
“Earlier in the year we were leaving pretty hard with her and I really wanted to follow Tim (Tetrick, driving I Luv The Nitelife),” said Gingras. “It’s a long stretch here and I couldn’t wait for the wire to show up quick enough. But both fillies really put forth a great effort tonight and it was exciting to get a track record out of it.”
After Authorize (Ron Pierce) took the field through a first quarter clocking of :26 and the :53.3 half, I Luv The Nitelife came first over to take control of the race going into the last turn.
At the 1:21.2 three-quarter marker I Luv The Nitelife appeared poised to notch her 14th win of the season, but Charisma Hanover continued to dig in, besting her rival by a neck at the wire. Aunt Caroline (Scott Zeron) got up for third, while Authorize held on for fourth.