07/21/2012 11:03PM

Mohawk: Mister Herbie takes Maple Leaf; Anndrovette sets world record

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Mister Herbie continues to step up in big stakes races.

Mister Herbie and Jody Jamieson pulled an 8-1 upset in the 61st edition of $750,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.

Chapter Seven was the odds-on post-time favourite and was strong throughout the race, but Mister Herbie was better, getting up in the final strides to edge his rival in 1:50 4/5.  Hot Shot Blue Chip, at 71-1, was third.

Mister Herbie, an Ontario-bred son of Here Comes Herbie, was trained to the 3/4-length victory by Jeff Gillis, who also owns a piece of the 4-year-old with Gerald Stay and Mac Nichol.

Tall Cotton gained an early lead through a split of :27, but was taken over soon after by Chapter Seven, who took the field through a half-mile and three-quarters of a mile in :54 4/5 and 1:22 3/5, respectively.

Mister Herbie began his march to the lead wide in the stretch, despite trouble, and struck front in the shadow of the wire.

Jamieson gave credit to the brown gelding.  "My horse just raced an unbelievable trip once again.  In these big races, he just seems to come up with an extra amazing effort.  This horse has just been amazing. He has been great his whole career. It just culminates with huge victory tonight.

"Jeff asked me before, he said, 'Are you confident? Are you hopeful? Like what are you feeling?' I said, 'I am confident in my horse and hopeful that I get a good trip.' You know third-over isn't the worst place in the world. I just was hoping that the cover would take me there and they took me as far as I needed to go, evidently."

Jamieson also acknowledged the Maple Leaf Trot's three-time defending champion, San Pail, who is injured.  "We are really sorry San Pail couldn't be here because he is a huge champion. We would have liked to have a shot at him, but there will be another day for San Pail and Mister Herbie to go head to head. We wish him the best of luck and a speedy recovery, but tonight is Mister Herbie's night by absolutely no means."

Tim Tetrick, who drove Chapter Seven, gave credit to Mister Herbie, while not diminishing his own trotter. "(Chapter Seven) raced great.  You have to give props to Jody's horse (Mister Herbie), he raced an amazing race.  He shows up when the money's down.  We went 50 and a piece (1:50 4/5) and (Chapter Seven) just got beat.  He felt really good. But the other horse just out-trotted him tonight.  My horse had three weeks off, which didn't help him."

It was Mister Herbie's fifth win of the season and 15th career victory, a stunning effort off a seven-week layoff.  He last raced on May 26.  He qualified on July 6 in a very fast 1:52 3/5.

"Mister Herbie is a tremendous horse," Gillis said.  "He surprises us almost every time out. I'm tickled as I can be.  "That kind of stuff doesn't really concern me (Mister Herbie's layoff). We had him trained up pretty good. We qualified him fast, faster than we would generally ever qualify a horse."

Mister Herbie paid $18.50, $5.40, $4.20 across the board and combined with Chapter Seven ($2.70, $2.30) for the $58.50 exactor. Hot Shot Blue Chip ($10.90 to show) rounded out the $789.40 triactor.

Anndrovette Sets World Record In Roses Are Red

Anndrovette set a new world record as she captured the $391,000 Roses Are Red Stakes final in 1:48 1/5.

Tim Tetrick sent the 5-year-old daughter of Riverboat King immediately to the lead from post six as she reached the opening panel in a quick :25 4/5. Rocklamation (Brian Sears) was in the pocket with Western Silk (Scott Zeron) sitting third.

Anndrovette continued to lead the field of ten past the mid-way point in :54 and three-quarters in 1:21.

Turning for home, Rocklamation popped out of the two-hole with Drop The Ball (Doug McNair) and post time favourite Put On A Show (Jody Jamieson) in the hunt.

In deep stretch, Anndrovette fought off all challengers to score a narrow victory over Drop The Ball. Rocklamation finished third with Put On A Show fourth.

Trained by P.J. Fraley for owners Bamond Racing LLC and Joseph Davino, Anndrovette celebrated her 26th career win as her bankroll increased to $1,750,023. She has crafted a 5-3-3 record from 15 starts this season.

“She raced really strong and I had every intention of going down the road with her,” Tetrick said in the winner’s circle. “We set some honest fractions with Put On A Show and Drop The Ball behind us and I knew it would be a sprint to the finish. My mare fought really tough, three-quarters in 1:21, she raced her heart out.

“I knew we were going fast and that was my plan,” Tetrick continued. “I wanted to have the other horses behind me. My mare is tough, but she can get outsprinted and tonight with the honest fractions, that didn’t happen.”

Anndrovette, who was voted Canada’s older pacing mare of the year in 2011, lowered the 1:48 2/5 world mark, set by Southwind Tempo in 2010 at The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky.

Anndrovette paid $28.40 to win.

(edited release-WEG)