Thursday, June 2, 2011

See You At Peelers in a world record performance in the Empire Breeders' Classic

See You At Peelers came into Sunday night's Empire Breeders' Classic a perfect 14 for 14 in her racing career; she pulled out of Tioga Sunday night 15 for 15 and with the title of World Champion.

The 3-year-old Bettor's Delight – West Side Glory daughter took home the $279,175 final in a world record equaling 1:49.2 with Marcus Johansson aboard for trainer Jimmy Takter.

The connections of See You At Peelers opted for post three in the final and after drifting off the gate, Johansson quickly took control of the mile past the quarter in 27.

The field lined up single file past the half in 55.2 and as the field aimed towards three quarters, David Miller was forced to move Shyaway first over.

However, no one was even getting to the leader's wheel as See You At Peelers paced a third panel in 27.1 reaching three quarters in 1:22.3.

The main threat left for See You At Peelers was Swinging Beauty and Scott Zeron, who had been sitting in the pocket the whole mile, but Johansson asked for more and the filly responded.

See You At Peelers paced home a final panel in 26.4 to win by a length in 1:49.2, equaling the world record for 3-year-old pacing fillies on a five-eighth’s mile track established by Showherthemoney at Dover Downs in 2009.

Swinging Beauty and Scott Zeron hung on for second, while New Album and George Brennan got up for third.

With the victory, See You At Peelers has now banked more than $720,000 for Christina Takter and John & Jim Fielding.

In the $289,925 final for the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers, Fashion Delight used some early speed to get into position, taking the field to the quarter in 27.1.

As the field went by the stands for the first time, Brian Sears moved Feel Like A Fool to the front, but David Miller was making him pay a price to get there in a second quarter of 26.3, reaching the half mile mark in 53.4.

When Sears turned to head towards three quarters, there was no letting up as Matt Kakaley moved Samandar to the outside to apply immediate pressure and trip the three quarter time in 1:21.4.

After rebuffing the challenge, Sears had one more opposition to face with Fashion Delight sitting on his back, but Fashion Delight was too much for him in the stretch and got up to win by a neck in 1:50.2.

Feel Like A Fool and Brian Sears took second, while Sir Ziggy's Z Tam and Pat Lachance used a rail ride to get third.

With the victory, the Jim Campbell trained 3-year-old Fashion Delight – BJ's Sunshine colt increased his career earnings to more than $655,000 for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA.

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