Little Ms Chrissy captured the $118,000 Lady Lincoln Land Stake for freshman trotting fillies on Oct. 3 at Balmoral Park.
Owned by Robert and Donnie Taylor and driven by trainer Robert, the obscurely-bred daughter of Southwind Breeze-Fox Valley Shiraz posted a 1:58.3 clocking in her fourth win of the season in eight starts. She also has a trio of seconds to her credit in her first year of racing.
Favored Trot Fudge Sundae, with Dave Magee driving, took the early lead and cruised through an opening panel of :29.1, before tripping the timer at the half in :59. Taylor had Little Ms Chrissy out and moving through the final turn, following Trot Fudge Sundae past the 1:28.4 three-quarter mile marker, on the outside behind Powerful Goddess and driver Mike Cox.
“My original plan was to try and leave out of there and sit right on Dave Magee’s helmet since everybody knew she was the one to beat,” Taylor offered. “Fortunately, we wound up with a perfect second over journey, and she really felt good as we went around the turn.”
In the final yards, the hard-trying lass wore down the leader and went on to win by one and ½ lengths.
“She’s been good all year long and we’ve done our best to take care of her,” said Taylor. “She’s a good gaited filly but the trotting hopples that we added a few starts back have helped her get through the first turn a little easier and I think they’ve helped her become a little more patient. We’ll try “open” company in the Hanover for her next start and then we’ll finish out the year in the Violet with her before giving her some time to relax and grow up a little more.”
Little Ms Chrissy was sent off as the second favorite via the wagering public, and pushed her career earnings to $96,410.
Kimberly Rinker, Balmoral Stakes