06/15/2013 10:46PM

Mohawk: Fabulous ladies capture stakes Finals

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Derick Giwner
I Luv The Nitelife comes back to the winner's circle after a 1:49 1/5 win.

The ladies started off the stakes action at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday and the favorites did not disappoint.

Maven continued her stellar 2013 start by rallying to a 1:52 4/5 win in the $271,470 Armbro Flight for older trotting mares.

China Pearls put up the fractions for the opening half of 27 3/5 and 56 1/5. Right around the half Maven and driver Yannick Gingras came off the cones to advance and within moments picked up live cover from Cedar Dove, who pulled the pocket to attack China Pearls.

Cedar Dove and Ron Pierce cleared to the front by three quarters in 1:24 2/5, but Maven was on their back and proved too strong in the stretch despite drifting just a touch in the stretch.

“With (Ron) Pierce in the two-hole, I kind of expected him to pull,” said Gingras, who explained the drifting. “I didn’t want to try and straighten her out and do anything fancy. She was going to win no matter what, so I let her do what she wanted.”

Maven is now perfect in three starts for trainer Jonas Czernyson and owner William Donovan. The win made the 4-year-old mare by Glidemaster-M Stewart a millionaire.

Cedar Dove finished second and Bax Of Life finished fast for third.

One race later, another unbeaten young lady stepped on the track in the $364,266 Elegantimage final for sophomore trotting fillies. Bee A Magician entered and exited the race perfect in 2013.

Angies Lucky Star assumed command through a 28-second opening quarter before Bee A Magician rushed to the front and posted a soft 56 3/5 time on the board. She would then face a stiff test from Shared Past, but at three quarters in 1:25 1/5 it looked as if Bee A Magician could be in good shape. That is until Angies Lucky Star edged off the cones and looked Bee A Magician in the eye.

The pair battled through the lane and Bee A Magician was an inch or two better in 1:53.

Mistery Woman was third.

“I was feeling very good where I was,” said driver Rick Zeron. “The worst feeling for me was I knew how well Sylvain’s (Filion) filly (Angies Lucky Star) can come out of a hole. If you come to the track to watch a horse race, you just witnessed one.”

Like Maven, Bee A Magician jumped over the $1 million mark in career earnings for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.

She is trained by Richard “Nifty” Norman.

Wrapping up the ladies parade of favorites was I Luv The Nitelife. She brushed and crushed in a sizzling 1:49 1/5 to win the $391,882 Fan Hanover Final for 3-year-old pacing fillies.

Jettin Jamie came out with the lead before Jerseylicious and I Luv The Nitelife each moved to the front. When the dust settled past the half, I Luv The Nitelife had the front with solid fractions of 26 and 54 1/5 on the board.

Love Canal tried to mount an uncovered charge, but the night belonged to “Nitelife” as she paced away from the field with a 27 3/5 third quarter and never looked back.

“I knew she was going to be good,” said winning driver Tim Tetrick.  “I figured if I was in control she would do the rest.”

The win was the third on the year for the Chris Ryder-trained I Luv The Nitelife. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover is owned by Richard and Joanne Young.

Belle Boyd finished second and Jerseylicious held for third.