09/17/2014 7:01PM

Delaware County Fair: Color’s A Virgin wins Jugette

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Derick Giwner
Winning connections of Color's A Virgin celebrate in the winner's circle.

All the year-round Grand Circuit stables brought their top fillies to compete in the 44th Jugette at the Delaware County Fair in Ohioon Wednesday (Sept. 17), yet it was an Indiana-bred from Hoosier Park trained by Delaware-based trainer Brian Brown, who took home the prize.

Jugette final winner Color’s A Virgin ($4.60) advanced to the final by overcoming a tough first-over trip in her elimination. She grinded down Lady Shadow and drew clear to best fellow finalists Southwind Silence and Also Encouraging in 1:51 3/5.

The second elimination saw a rare closers trend continue as Gallie ByThe Beach rallied from far back to nail Allstar Rating at the wire in 1:52 2/5. John Campbell drove the winner for brother Jim. Allstar Rating and Beach Gal also advanced to the final.

Elimination three seemed to belong to Gettingreadytoroll, but she broke on the final turn and that left Beautiful Lady secluded on the lead. She would win by a huge margin in 1:52 2/5 over fellow finalists Beach Story and Candy’s A Virgin.

With the field set for the $178,862 final, minus Candy’s A Virgin, who scratched from her assigned eight-hole post, Allstar Rating gunned for the front ahead of Gallie Bythe Beach. Color’s A Virgin was slow away and wound up sitting fifth in the early stages.

Allstar Rating put the opening fractions on the board in 27 and 55 4/5 as the outer flow began to develop led by Beautiful Lady. Color’s A Virgin was second-over ahead of Beach Story.  Those on the rim continued to advance up the backstretch the final time. Beautiful Lady made her way to the front at three quarters in 1:24 2/5, but was immediately met by Color’s A Virgin, who would sprint clear in the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:52 4/5.

Beautiful Lady held second over Beach Story.

In what he termed the biggest win of his career, driver Trace Tetrick, 27, brother of perennial leading driver Tim, figured he was in good shape at the head of the lane.

“I thought off the turn I (had it won), but you never count it until it is already official,” said Tetrick, who also reflected on his place in his impressive driving family. “Tim has done things that no one else has done. This is just one step for me. I’m grateful to be able to put it on my wall.”

Conrad Photo   Color's A Virgin

For Brian Brown, he always felt that Color’s A Virgin had what it took to win on the stakes circuit, but the Jugette victory made him feel more secure.

“We thought she was a really nice horse, but until you take a horse out of state and go against the open class company, who knows? She showed her class today,” said Brown, who listed the $200,000 Indiana Sire Stakes Final and the Nadia Lobell at Hoosier Park as her next races.

Color’s A Virgin is owned by Bruce Trogdon’s Emerald Highlands Farm in Ohio. The daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color has now won 8 of 12 starts in 2014 for earnings of $236,773.

Cantab Hall fillies roll on undercard

Top sire Cantab Hall had a strong day on the under card. Both $89,475 Buckette winner Lifetime Pursuit and $32,323 Standardbred winner Wild Honey each scored for the Jimmy Takter barn, with the former posting a world record mile.

Lifetime Pursuit made the front at the quarter in the Buckette for 3-year-old trotting fillies and never had an anxious moment through fractions of 28 2/5, 56 4/5 and 1:25 1/5. When driver Yannick Gingras and the Hambletonian Oaks-winning filly crossed the wire, she had more than 12 lengths on second-place finisher Bikini So Teeny.

“Since the Hambletonian she has really transformed from a good filly to a great filly,” said Gingras.

Lifetime Pursuit stopped the tele-timer in 1:53 4/5 for owner Brittany Farms.

Gingras was also in the bike behind Wild Honey in her sizzling 1:55 2/5 mile in the 2-year-old filly trot. She led at every call while becoming the fastest 2-year-old trotter on a half mile track in history.

“She’s definitely a special filly,” said Gingras, who talked about her prospects moving forward on a bigger track. “She’s not a big powerful filly, but she does run in a little bit on the turn. I think the big track will help her. I think she’ll trot (1):53 at Lexington. She could have trotted (1):54 today.”

Wild Honey has won six of seven career races for owners Christina Takter, Jim Fielding, Herb Liverman and John Fielding.