08/30/2014 9:53PM

Mohawk: Artspeak remains undefeated with Metro win

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Artspeak drew clear easily in the Metro Final.

Odds on favorites were in complete command at Mohawk on Saturday night in a pair of rich stakes events for two-year-old pacers. Artspeak captured the richest of the two, the $667,000 Metro for colts and geldings. The son of Western Ideal cruised off a second-over trip to score effortlessly in 1:50 2/5. Scott Zeron waited for second choice Go Daddy Go to move at the half and followed the live advance through the final turn. In the stretch Zeron tipped the Tony Alagna-trained colt wide and the colt left his rivals in the dust.

Sent off as an overwhelming 1-9 favorite Artspeak scored over 50-1 runner-up Lyons Levi Lewis with Lyons Again finishing third in the field.

Artspeak was nicely rated as Lyons Again and Lone Survivor dueled early through a :26 3/5 opening quarter. Lone Survivor cut a reasonable half in :55 3/5 but was put under pressure when elimination winner Go Daddy Go came calling. Those two locked up with Go Daddy Go moving by the pacesetter past the 1:23 3/5 third quarter.

A $100,000 yearling selected by the trainer, Artspeak powered by and won for the sixth straight time without defeat.

“It never gets old,” said co-owner Marvin Katz following the victory, his third in the Metro.

“To be second over was a dream trip for that horse,” said Scott Zeron. “He’s a freak of nature.”

Katz, George Segal’s Brittany Farm, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners share ownership of Artspeak.

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J K Shesalady once again showed that explosive move for driver Yannick Gingras in capturing the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies. Kept in fourth off a contentious early pace. Gingras pulled the homebred daughter of Art Major just before the :55 second opening half. The Nancy Johansson-trained lass sprinted quickly past previously unbeaten Band Of Angels on the final turn and opened ground on the field quickly. Gingras kept after J K Shesalady in the stretch and the filly responded with a stakes record 1:50 1/5 performance.

Bedroomconfessions rallied off cover to squeeze out second with Shakai Hanover getting third money.

Sent off as the 2-5 favorite in the field J K Shesalady captured her sixth straight win without defeat for owners-breeders 3 Brother Stables of New York.

“I liked her every start and she kept getting better,” said Gingras of the race winner. “She has an explosive 3/8’s in her.”

Gingras said he preferred to race the filly without cover. “I didn’t want to be second or third over. I was confident coming first over, the front end doesn’t appear to be that good tonight,” Gingras said.

The well-bred The Show Returns captured the $30,000 Shes A Great Lady consolation in 1:52 for driver Dave Miller and trainer Chris Ryder.

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