Delaware, OH --- Burke Racing Stable’s Darena Hanover ($13.80) grabbed the lead at the quarter pole and then held off all challengers to win the 42nd edition of the Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 19) at Delaware, Ohio.
USTA/Mark Hall photo Darena Hanover won the 42nd edition of the Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers at Delaware, Ohio on Wednesday in 1:51.
Yannick Gingras drove the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Dashaway Hanover, by Western Ideal, through fractions of :26.4, :55 and 1:22.3 and finished in what would have been a world record were it not for Shelliscape’s 1:50.3 win in the second elimination.
First elimination winner Bettor B Lucky (Jim Morrill, Jr.) got the first call before yielding to the winner. American Jewel (Tim Tetrick) came out after the quarter pole and flushed Shelliscape (John Campbell) in the process. The field spread three-wide in the final turn, but the winner was never threatened.
The winning margin was three-quarters of a length. Bettor B Lucky finished second and Shelliscape finished third. American Jewel had to settle for fourth.
Darena Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, won for the fifth time in 15 starts this year, and has now won $324,913 in 2012. Her win gave Yannick Gingras his second Jugette victory. His first came with Western Graduate in 2007.
"Coming first over wasn't going to work and I knew Bettor B Lucky took all kinds of heat in the first race so I didn't think she would hold up," said Gingras. "I took a chance and luckily it worked out.
"I was third going into the second turn in the second (elimination) heat and with the new format of the Jugette you don't have to win both heats so it's not win at all costs. I want to win every race I'm in, but I was third over on the rail and I really didn't think I could win first up in the first heat and the second heat as well, so that's when I thought if I get lucky I can shake loose and finish second or third.
"That was what I was thinking and Shelliscape had a lot of pace but she wasn't used in the first heat. I used my horse early and she had a ton of pace in the end, so I thought I had a fresh horse for the final. Burke horses don't mind going two heats. They usually do that on Wednesdays.
"I didn't think we had a great contender but I thought we had a shot. Like everybody else I thought American Jewel and Chris Oakes' filly (Economy Terror) were a head above everybody else. (The outside posts in the eliminations) definitely hurt them and that's where I am tomorrow (in the Little Brown Jug with A Rocknroll Dance)."
"She's been a good horse and really got better this year," said Ron Burke. "I knew coming in we had a shot. Yannick was confident and I really liked the fact both of my drivers were confident and wanted to come here with these horses and they wanted to win with them. When they are asking you if you are taking them you know they are confident in them. I'm thrilled with that and it's been an awesome day.
"That made it even better (finishing one-two). It's a great race, it's awesome weather and it's a great place to race. All we have to do tomorrow is come out and knock it out with (Sweet) Lou and this is why we come here. We've won this before and I appreciate it because you don't get to win these very often so we have to try to do this tomorrow."
Shelliscape, Bettor B Lucky win Jugette eliminations
Robert McIntosh Stables, C S X Stables and DM Stables’ Shelliscape, driven by John Campbell, came three-wide and from far off the pace to win the $59,210 second elimination for the Jugette in a stakes and world record 1:50.3.
USTA/Mark Hall photo Shelliscape came from far off the pace to win the second elimination of the Jugette in a stakes and world record 1:50.3 at Delaware, Ohio on Wednesday.
Darena Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who with Angel Scent (Jody Jamieson) forced the favorite to pace hard in the first turn, finished second in the elimination, just ahead of the tired Economy Terror. Angel Scent finished fourth and also advanced to the Jugette final with the top three.
The winning margin for Shelliscape (Artiscape-Shell I Scoot, by Direct Scooter) was 6-1/4 lengths. Bob McIntosh trains the winner.
"She's real good out of the gate so I thought we had a good chance to make the final," said winning driver John Campbell. "I actually had some faith in her because she's had everything go wrong after her first couple races this year at Mohawk. If you look at her lines she raced really well at Batavia and those New York sired horses are just as good as those fillies on the Grand Circuit.
"(Racing on a half-mile track) doesn't hurt her, that's for sure, because she trains over a half-mile track. I think when she's herself like she is today she can race over any kind of track.
"She just hasn't been herself since her second start back; she came home in :25 and a piece and Bob and I were looking for great things from her and then everything went wrong. It was just some nagging little stuff from then on and she's just got back to herself.
"She's shown glimpses of talent as a 2-year-old and in the beginning of this year. We were really excited after her second start at Mohawk, but nothing has went right with her from then on until today."
Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, W.J. Donovan and Lawrence Karr’s Bettor B Lucky (Jim Morrill, Jr., $6.80) grabbed the early lead and held-off the favored American Jewel and others in 1:51.4 in the $59,210 first elimination for the Jugette.
USTA/Mark Hall photo Bettor B Lucky held-off favored American Jewel in 1:51.4 in the first elimination of the Jugette.
The key to the mile, perhaps, was Moonlit Dragon’s (David Miller) ability to deny the garden spot to American Jewel in the early going, making the Jimmy Takter-trained filly race first-over throughout the mile.
Bettor B Lucky (Bettor’s Delight-Hornby Lucky, by Dexter Nukes) won by three-quarters of a length over Sectionline Yankee (Brett Miller), who also showed some early foot, American Jewel and Moonlit Dragon, in that order.
The top four advance to the Jugette final, which will be race 16 on this afternoon’s 17-race program.
"When you have Jimmy (Morrill) that's how things work out for you," said Ron Burke, who trains the winner. "He's a great driver and after the two (Persistent) broke he went right to the front and let them know he was going to keep her there. It worked out good for us.
"I've said all along I could win this race and I think we can win the whole thing. Timmy had the seven hole (with American Jewel) and I thought I had the second best horse. From the seven hole to the three hole, I beat that mare at Tioga and my horse is a good horse, maybe Jimmy's horse is a great horse but my horse is a very good horse and I have confidence in all my horses. She'll come back well and acquit herself in the final, too.
"I knew she was good when Jimmy called and said 'are you taking that mare to the Jugette?' and I said 'are you going?' and he said 'yes.' For him to want to come and drive her; he's competitive and has a good idea of whether horses are sharp or not. Him showing up made me feel the horse was ready to win.
"I talked to Jimmy before the race and we agreed you couldn't decide (strategy) until the gates opened because we didn't know how it was going to shake out. No one saw the two running. I thought we would get away fourth because I thought the one and two would blast and we would be better off to let them settle and come over first up. When Timmy didn't come over as quick, or couldn't get there as quick, I'd rather go down swinging and get beat than get locked in and not get a chance."
The draw for the Jugette final saw Shelliscape and driver John Campbell win the rail and Bettor B Lucky (Jim Morrill, Jr.) settling for post two. The balance of the field, in post position order, were Darena Hanover (Yannick Gingras), Sectionline Yankee (Brett Miller), American Jewel (Tim Tetrick), Economy Terror (Dave Palone), Angel Scent (Jody Jamieson) and Moonlit Dragon (David Miller).
Economy Terror’s trainer, Chris Oakes, scratched his filly from the Jugette final.
--- Kimberly French also contributed to this report