Washington, PA --- Allstar Rating got the jump on a crowded field, then overpowered the tiring leader down the backside to capture Saturday’s (July 26) $114,174 Quinton Patterson Adioo Volo at The Meadows in 1:49, fastest mile ever paced at The Meadows by a filly or mare.
|Chris Gooden photo|
|Yannick Gingras piloted Allstar Rating to a track record score in 1:49.|
With a field of 11, the Adioo Volo for sophomore fillies was not split into divisions as per custom but was raced as one dash for the cash, with nine on the gate and two trailing. That placed an emphasis on early speed, and Allstar Rating showed plenty of that for Yannick Gingras, seizing the lead in a blistering :26.2 opening quarter. Then, a sequence of surprises helped determine the outcome.
Away third, Gallie Bythe Beach and David Miller launched a quarter-pole move at about the same time Southwind Silence broke stride along the cones and veered outside, impeding the progress of Gallie Bythe Beach.
“That really loused us up,” Miller said. “It was disturbing.”
Gallie Bythe Beach kept her feet and persevered, eventually making the front. But she had to expend so much energy in the :53.2 opening half that Gingras and Allstar Rating vacated the pocket early and pounced on the unlucky leader.
“I thought I had one of the best horses in there, and definitely I was going forward,” Gingras said. “I didn’t want to get caught three wide, so I wanted to go hard and see what happened. I could tell she (Gallie Bythe Beach) was struggling a little bit through the turns, and my filly felt strong, so it was time to make the move.”
Allstar Rating defeated Also Encouraging, who overcame the first trailing position, by five lengths, with Marathon Day third.
The time knocked a tick from the track record for all fillies and mares -- and 3-year-olds specifically -- established by Big McDeal in 2012. It also lowered Magic Look’s stakes record of 1:49.3.
Ron Burke trains Allstar Rating, a daughter of Four Starzzz Shark-Credit Rating who now boasts career earnings of $246,631, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. Burke started three in the Adioo Volo field -- Allstar Rating, Southwind Silence and Beach Gal, who finished fourth.