05/08/2017 4:25PM

Miami Valley: Lady Shadow matches track record in Chip Noble Memorial score

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Lady Shadow has only been defeated twice in her last 16 starts

Lady Shadow, the Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner in the older female pacing category last year, picked up right where she left off in 2016, leading all the way and winning Monday afternoon's $100,000 Chip Noble Memorial at Miami Valley Raceway in a track record-equaling 1:50 3/5.

Making her first start after a pair of winning qualifiers at Mohawk, Lady Shadow was sent directly to the lead by driver Yannick Gingras, and she would take the field of eight through fractions of 27, 54 3/5, and 1:22 1/5.  Sandbetweenurtoes (Doug McNair) tried it first-over out of fourth just past the half, but she was unable to gain any positions on the rim.

At the top of the stretch Divas Image (Joe Bongiorno) pulled the pocket and tried to get past Lady Shadow to post a 36-1 upset, but Lady Shadow, who was sent off as the 3-5 choice, responded when Gingras called on her for her best, and the divisional champion would go on to win by a length and a quarter. Divas Image held off Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy), who had been stalled second-over behind Sandbetweenurtoes up the backstretch, to grab runner-up honors.

5-2 second choice Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) trailed throughout the race, then lost ground on the final turn and finished well behind the rest of the field.

Ron Adams trains Lady Shadow, a 6-year-old Shadow Play mare, for owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold, and Bfj Stable.  This was her 29th career victory, and she has now earned $1,637,542.  She paid $3.40 to win.