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Ruffle's Kiss leads Chester PASS winners

Saturday, June 19, 2010  By: USTA


Chester, PA --- Eighteen 3-year-old pacing fillies contested over a quarter-million dollars in purses in a trio of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events on Friday (June 18) afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack. And while All Heart Gal and Dancinwiththestarz both lived up to odds-on billing, it was Ruffle's Kiss who took top honors.

The daughter of Blissfull Hall-White Ruffles no doubt took the most compelling division, coming first-over against even-money favorite World Fame (Yannick Gingras) on the backstretch, forcing a :27.2 third quarter after a spritely initial pace.

As the two dueled on the final turn, It's De Lovely (Jeff Gregory) and Queen Me (David Miller) fanned across the track, while the pocket-sitting Legerdepan (Daniel Dube) ducked to the open stretch and the locked-in Sand Gesture (Tim Tetrick) was hard-pressed for room.

In the end, trainer-driver Joe Pavia, Jr. prevailed with Ruffle's Kiss, just holding off the hard-closing Queen Me from four-wide in a 1:51.4 effort, with the entire field covered by a length and a half at the winning post.

All Heart Gal (Allamerican Ingot-Nine Of Hearts) scored a front-running 1:52.2 victory in her division, holding off the first-over Kate's Joy by a head under George Napolitano, Jr.

Dancinwiththestarz (Four Starzzz Shark-So Western) proved to be the most decisive of the winners in the three divisions, pulling away under Jim Morrill, Jr. by 2-1/2 lengths from Imperial Flower and Six Pistol in a 1:52.3 mile.

Friday's overnight feature, the $32,000 Open Trot, shaped up to be a great horse race, with over $5 million in career earnings among the field, which included the likes of Buck I St Pat, In Focus, and Chester mainstay Lolique.

But Michael Andrew's Likeabatoutahell ($16.60) took complete advantage of a pressured pace, turning a pocket trip into a 1:52 triumph and breaking the overall track record for trotters in the act.

The 7-year-old SJ's Caviar gelding enjoyed a cosy pocket trip behind the dueling Lubbock (Tony Morgan) and Lanson (Mike Lachance), stalking through middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.4.

While Buck I St Pat (Tim Tetrick) fanned three-wide from second-over on the far turn, it was Likeabatoutahell whose closing kick would give him the upper hand. At the top of the stretch, Yannick Gingras moved him to the open stretch, and the response was instant, as Likeabatoutahell pulled away to win by 1-1/2 lengths. Buck I St Pat mustered a second place finish, while Lubbock faded to third.


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