09/13/2014 11:15PM

Mohawk: Shake It Cerry equals track record in Elegantimage Stakes

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Shake It Cerry was all alone in a career best 1:52 1/5.

Shake It Cerry equaled the stakes and track record capturing the $409,000 Elegantimage for three-year-old trotting fillies in 1:52 1/5, a career best. The homebred by Donato Hanover was parked nearly to the half but opened ground on the field through the final turn and trotted a final quarter of :27 3/5 to defeat Riveting Rosie with Scream And Shout settling for third.

Ron Pierce drove Shake It Cerry to her ninth win in 11 starts on the season for trainer Jimmy Takter as the 4-5 betting favorite.

“She’s a fantastic horse she bounces back all the time,” said Takter after the race.

“I took it as easy as I could getting her to the lead,” said Pierce, “I asked her a little bit on the turn and she just took off. She’s an amazing filly.”

Two-year-old trotters can be unpredictable and such was the case in a pair of major stakes on the Mohawk undercard. Stubborn Belle led a John Bax-trained sweep of the $385,000 Peaceful Way for juvenile fillies defeating stablemates Juanitas Fury and Southwind Champane in a 1:56 mile. Sent off at odds of 8-1 Stubborn Belle scored her fourth win in eight career starts with Paul MacDonell taking his second consecutive Peaceful Way trophy.

Favorites Mission Brief (1-5) and Jolene Jolene both made breaks early in the mile and were never factors.

Some order was restored in the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial as second-choice Habitat scored wire-to-wire for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The son of Conway Hall won for the fourth time in seven starts with a mile in 1:54 2/5 well ahead of runner-up Jetpedia and Southwind Stryker. Favored Uncle Lasse made a break heading into the first turn and never got back into the race.

Krispy Apple lost her first 16 races of the year but the six-year-old has now won consecutive starts with a win in a $35,000 Milton stakes elimination for aged pacing mares. Tim Tetrick worked out a pocket trip and the daughter of Western Ideal scored in 1:50 2/5 leading Summertime Lea, Camille, Aunt Caroline and Monkey On My Wheel into the final.

A spirited second Milton division saw Yagonnakissmeornot split horses in midstretch and narrowly hold off a solid closing effort by Shelliscape in a 1:51 1/5 mile. Anndrovette, Voelz Hanover and Charisma Hanover all qualified for the final. Jody Jamieson guided the five-year-old for trainer Rene Allard. It was her 10th win of the season.

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