08/23/2014 10:45PM

Mohawk: Undefeated rookies score in Metro, She's A Great Lady stakes

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JK Shesalady is undefeated in five career starts.

For a few moments it appeared as if Artspeak was in a horserace. Then the stretch arrived and the Western Ideal colt shifted gears and drew clear from rival Lyons Again in the fastest Metro elimination Saturday night at Mohawk. Scott Zeron’s charge paced a :27 1/5 third quarter while dueling with Lyons Again and then kicked home in :27 2/5 to win by open lengths as the 1-9 betting favorite in the most impressive Metro elimination of the evening, a 1:51 powerhouse performance.

Tony Alagna trains the five-time winner for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joseph Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners.

“He’s an absolute freak,” said Zeron following the race. “I didn’t have enough room to clear so I just sat out there. When we turned for home I just chirped to him and he took off. I didn’t even pull the earplugs.”

Pacesetting Lyons Again finished second with Pierce Hanover, Amora Beach and Traceur Hanover earning spots in the final.

Battle Of Waterloo victor Go Daddy Go wore down pacesetter Lyons Levi Lewis in the late stages to capture the other $40,000 Metro elimination in 1:52 4/5, a career best. The homebred son of Ponder won for the third time in seven career starts with John Campbell in the bike.

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Lyons Levi Lewis and Yannick Gingras made two moves to the lead through fractions of :26 1/5 and :55 1/5. The pace slowed but the pressure intensified as Go Daddy Go dueled through the final turn. Sent off as a 2-1 second choice, Go Daddy Go defeated Lyons Levi Lewis with Lone Survivor, Dudes The Man and Trading Up all advancing to the final.

“I made a conscious effort to come from behind,” said Campbell, “He just doesn’t pay as much attention on the front.”

The driver has been impressed with the progress of the chestnut colt. “He’s actually gotten sounder and easier to drive,” Campbell said.

Impressive fillies in She’s A Great Lady elims

JK Shesalady was relaxed early but pounced on the leaders and drew clear in a career best 1:51 1/5 effort capturing a $35,000 She’s A Great Lady elimination for Yannick Gingras. Unbeaten in five lifetime starts, the daughter of Art Major left the field in the dust again, leaving runner-up Divine Caroline far back in second. Solar Sister rallied late for the third spot securing a position in the final.

JK Shesalady made a three wide move on the final turn as she did in last week’s Eternal Camnation and circled rivals with instant acceleration. Divine Caroline briefly gave her cover on the final turn but Gingras took advantage of his filly’s superiority.

Nancy Johansson trains the homebred for 3 Brothers Stables.

“She’s got tremendous determination,” said Johansson following the race. “She just loves what she does.”

Band Of Angels made it six straight stakes victories without defeat, dominating the final division of the She’s A Great Lady. The filly from the first crop of Rock N Roll Heaven made two solid moves for driver Gingras and scored in 1:51 3/5 as the 1-2 choice. Happy Becky rallied for second with A Plus finishing third.

Ron Burke trains the filly for owner William Donovan.

“She’s a top class filly,” said Gingras following the race.

“I’m going to have to sleep on it,” said Gingras, answering the question which of the two undefeated fillies he would drive in the final.

Bedroomconfessions made a big move on the backstretch and was strong to the wire in the first of three She’s A Great Lady eliminations. Scott Zeron guided the homebred daughter of American Ideal to a 1:52 effort, her second win in six starts this year.

“I was really happy with the effort,” said Tony Alagna, her co-owner, co-breeder and sole trainer.

Longshot Bettor Be Steppin was quickest at the start and rallied late for the place spot ahead of Shakai Hanover.