07/23/2016 5:04PM

Blanconia survives two foul claims to score 31-1 upset in Miss Ohio

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Blanconia (inside), under Jeffrey Skerrett, holds off True Cinder by a head in the Miss Ohio.

A ton of supposedly “smart money” pounded first-time starter Nikki My Darling, a $100,000 purchase at the OBS 2-year-olds in training sale in March, down to 9-5 favoritism in Saturday’s $75,000 Miss Ohio Stakes for 2-year-old Ohio-bred fillies at Thistledown.

Meanwhile, bettors completely ignored one of leading trainer Jeff Radosevich’s other fillies in the 14-horse field, second-time starter Blanconia, who went off at 31-1 odds.

As frequently happens when a trainer has an uncoupled entry in a stakes, the longest price got the money.

Blanconia, despite claims of foul by two riders claiming interference at the start and nearing the wire, along with a stewards’ inquiry, earned her first career victory when she narrowly held off fellow 30-1 outsider True Cinder in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint.

Cutting back slightly in distance after dueling up front and fading to third going six furlongs in her career debut on July 1, Blanconia was sent to the front by jockey Jeffrey Skerrett and stayed there through fractions of 22.84 seconds, 47.00 flat, and a final time of 1:06.86. She finished a head in front of True Cinder, a filly she beat by 4 1/4 lengths two weeks ago. Halona, shipping in from Presque Isle Downs, finished third as the 5-1 third choice, 4 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.

Nikki My Darling finished sixth.

Halona was forced to steady when Blanconia angled in after breaking on top, leading to the first jockey objection. Blanconia, responding to Skerrett’s left-handed whipping, drifted out and bumped True Cinder approaching the finish, triggering a second foul claim.

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True Cinder was also involved in a jockey objection for bumping Mygirlfriday at the start.

After reviewing the replays, the stewards took no action to change the order of finish.

Blanconia, a daughter of Vaquero owned by Michael Annechino, paid $65.40 to win and combined with True Cinder for a $1 exacta worth $669.80. A $1 trifecta returned $3,812.60.