Bluff managed to hold off heavy favourite Maven in the second $51,000 Buckette division for three-year-old trotting fillies in world record time this afternoon at Delaware County Fair while Canadian Justice took the other split.
With Tim Tetrick in the sulky for the first time Bluff took over the lead from Angel Eyes Hanover before the :28.4 first quarter. They continued on top through the :57.2 half and at that point Yannick Gingras pulled Maven out from fourth to start their assault on the lead.
Tetrick and his filly opened up a few lengths on the field and hit the three-quarters in 1:25.1 with Maven in hot pursuit. As the fillies came down the stretch Maven was closing but could not catch the pacesetter who stopped the timer in 1:54, a world, track and stakes record.
Maven (Glidemaster) had to be content with third this afternoon while Scott Zeron got Love N Lindy (Varenne) up for third.
“I’ve watched her plenty and raced against her a few times. As the program shows, she’s got a lot of speed, maybe sometimes she doesn’t finish as good but today she got the jump on them and raced really well, noted Tetrick was was making his debut aboard the filly.
“They took the shoes off today for the first time, I don’t know if that had something to do with it or if she just liked the short stretch. She raced really well, I got an easy half and just let her keep trotting from there and she just kept going.
“I knew Maven was back there and she’s a great mare and I wanted her to be working, I made him catch me and he couldn’t do it today.”
It was the third win in 11 tries this year for Bluff, a daughter of Donato Hanover trained by Ron Burke for Willow Pond LLC of New York who also bred the filly. She is the third foal of the million dollar winner Blur.
Canadian Justice captured the first division with a great stretch kick for Peter Wrenn. The pair got away third as the race got underway with Oasis Dream and Tetrick cutting the fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:27.3.
Wrenn sent his filly three wide around the final turn and swept past the leader to win in 1:57.3. Fancy (Conway Hall) was second for Corey Callahan with Oasis Dream (Cantab Hall) hanging on for third.
Canadian Justice winning earlier this year at Mohawk. (New Image Media)
It was the fifth win in 10 2012 starts for Canadian Justice, owned by breeders Kevin Thomas and Mary Katz of Kentucky and Berto Stable of Montreal, Quebec. The Justice Hall filly, who spent part of her summer in Canada, upped her earnings to $56,940 with today’s effort.
Thomas trains the filly and also trained her sire, a winner of $810,000 in his career. A former stallion in Quebec, Justice Hall now stands stud in Ohio.
"I own her with the same partnership that owned (her sire) Justice Hall," said Thomas. "She showed talent right from the very beginning. We were in Canada for four starts because she had the Canadian Breeders and she's a Quebec-bred. We moved Justice Hall from Quebec to Indiana and that's why she had starts there.
"I liked her chances here, but I was still nervous. I always am, whether it's $2,000 or $50,000, no matter how much money is involved. But I was pretty confident because she's at the top of her game right now.
"She's got Lexington and the Kentucky Filly Futurity and the (Bluegrass) and the Breeders Crown, if she can hold up for that. You have to dream a little and hope you can make it and she's always such a good student."