09/30/2017 4:33PM

The Meadows: Keystone Classic splits won by Bettor's Up, Terrortina

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Chris Gooden
Bettor's Up (inside) keeps Sweetest Emotion at bay

Three-year-old pacing fillies lined up in two Keystone Classic divisions on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows, and Bettor's Up and Terrortina were the winners.

Bettor's Up, this year's Fan Hanover winner, stretched a victory streak to three, but by the slimmest of margins.  Sent off at 1-9 and driven by Brian Zendt in the first $33,950 section, she would move from fourth to first before the 55 4/5 half.  Sweetest Emotion (Tony Hall) made a first-over move out of third past the half that got her to within a length of Bettor's Up at the 1:24 three-quarters, and they would continue to battle side-by-side to the wire, with Bettor's Up holding on to score by a nose in 1:52 2/5.  Pittstop Danika (Jim Pantaleano) came in third.

“She’s little but she’s tough, and Brian gave her the perfect drive for what we wanted,” said Stacey Currie, caretaker for Bettor's Up. “She just wants to fight them off every race. If they come at her, she just digs right in. She doesn’t want to give up.”

Bettor's Up is a daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Scott McEneny for owners Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny.  This was Bettors Up's 11th career victory, and she has now banked $552,129.  She paid $2.10 to win.

In the other $34,350 grouping Freakonomics (Pantaleano) was shooting for her sixth consecutive win and had the lead through fractions of 27 2/5, 56 4/5, and 1:25 as the 1-5 favorite.  She couldn't get to the line first, though, as Terrortina (Hall) wore her down from first-up and prevailed by half a length in 1:53.  Perplexed (Zendt) took third.

The victorious Western Terror filly is trained by Norm Parker for owner/breeder Robert Key.  Terrortina scored the fifth win of her life, and she pushed her earnings to $131,904.  She was dispatched at 6-1 and returned $15.80 to win.

“At Delaware (in the Jugette), she had a lot of pace and nowhere to go — we thought she could have been third,” said Parker. “She came out of it good. It looks like she liked the two heats.”

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--