by Frank Carulli
June 6, 2017
Lady Shadow cast a dark spell on her rivals in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares last week at Harrah's Philadelphia. She rushed to the lead and never looked back en route to a 2-1/2-length victory in 1:49, her 30th win from 57 starts.
"She couldn't be any better," said driver Yannick Gingras.
Gingras also guided Crazy Wow ($4) to a front-end score in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational for older trotters as part of a stakes trifecta at the 5/8-mile oval. Second in all three starts this year, Crazy Wow, the 3-to-2 favorite, kept going after second choice Tuonoblu Rex ranged up to challenge before he broke stride on the final turn. J L Cruze finished second, 2-3/4 lengths behind Crazy Wow.
Four millionaires comprised half the field in the $150,000 Ben Stafford Jr. Invitational, but it was newcomer Mossdale Conner N-- now 4-for-4 in the U.S. after arriving from Australia -- that grabbed the winner's check. Jordan Stratton was in the bike as Mossdale Conner N repelled a challenge by Somewhere in L A through a 55-second middle half and went on to win by 2 lengths over Jins Shark in 1:49.
IN THE XPRESSLANE: Timoko (Bjorn Goop) held off French Triple Crown winner Bold Eagle and defending champion Nuncio to win his second Elitlopp at Sovalla racetrack in Sweden in a race record 1:51. ... Beyonces Rockin (Ryan Stahl) paced the fastest mile by a mare in Northfield Park history when she won in the featured open handicap May 27 in 1:51. ... Trainer Rene Allard and driver Simon Allard have made quite an impact at Pocono Downs, so it was only fitting when Simon Allard won his 3,000th race on San Jose Hanover, a horse trained by his brother. ... Mobil Big John (Ryan Anderson, $9) out-dueled favorite Maserati Seelster in the stretch and held off late-running Bestontlie Hanover to win in the $20,000 finals of Hawthorne's Cicero Claiming Series in 1:52.3. ... I Know My Chip (Sam Widger) broke the Hoosier Park track record for older trotters when he stopped the timer in 1:52.1.