10/02/2016 5:12PM

Red Mile: Darlinonthebeach, Pure Country clash again

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Nigel Soult
Darlinonthebeach bounced back after tying up on Jugette Day

Another battle between rivals Darlinonthebeach and Pure Country headlined the Bluegrass Series events for 3-year-old fillies on Sunday afternoon at The Red Mile.

Racing in a $74,000 division, Darlinonthebeach (David Miller) put up panels of 28, 56, and 1:24 1/5 while Pure Country (Brett Miller) tracked her from the two-hole.  Pure Country came to the outside and had every chance to go by, but Darlinonthebeach was too tough, winning by half a length in 1:50 2/5.  Penpal (Pat Lachance) was up for third.

"These two fillies, they've been going at it good all summer," David Miller said.  "It's been a good season for our filly.  They told me that she had tied up on Jugette Day, so they scratched her out of the second heat.  They added Lasix today, and she couldn't have been any better."

Darlinonthebeach, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner/breeder White Birch Farm of New Jersey.  Darlinonthebeach scored her 11th victory in her 27th career trip behind the gate, and she has banked $776,823.  She returned $6.00 to win as the 2-1 second choice.

Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy) picked up her first win since late July in the other $73,000 split, rolling through fractions of 26 4/5, 55 2/5, and 1:23 1/5 on her way to a 1:50 1/5 score.  She defeated a rallying Rock Me Baby (John Campbell) by half a length, with Kiss Me Onthebeach (Marcus Miller) back in third.

Mark Harder trains Blue Moon Stride, a daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, for owners Emilio and Maria Rosati.  Blue Moon Stride has now won 10 times from 21 lifetime starts, and she has earned $658,886.  The 5-2 second choice, Blue Moon Stride paid $7.40 to win.

“She’s a very nice filly; we’re very proud of her,” Emilio Rosati said. “We came here especially to see her race. This is a lovely place to come, and it’s a dream to have a horse like this.”

Trotting fillies competed in a trio of Bluegrass tests, and Ginny Weasley (Ake Svanstedt) stormed into the lead from first-over past the 1:26 three-quarters and drew away through the lane to take the first $62,400 contest by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:53 1/5.  Southwind Hope (Andy Miller) was second, followed by Double Exposure (Brett Miller).

Svanstedt also trains the victorious daughter of Andover Hall for owner Torp Trotting Inc. of New Jersey.  This was her sixth career victory, and she has now earned $128,563.  Sent off at 7-2, she paid $9.00 to win.

Fad Finance (Trond Smedshammer), one of the top fillies in the New York Sire Stakes program, picked up her first Grand Circuit win in the next $62,400 split.  She was the leader through stations of 28 1/5, 56, and 1:25, and after heavy favorite Broadway Donna (David Miller) rolled off-stride from first-over in the lane, Fad Finance went on to beat Gracie Hanover (Svanstedt) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53 1/5.  Unica Steed (Yannick Gingras) was up for third.Nigel SoultFad Finance was victorious in her first career start outside New York

"I didn't know how much David had left, so it certainly made me feel better when she jumped it off," said Smedshammer.  "Ake came late, but my filly felt really good all day today.  She gave a really good effort.  She won in 54 in Saratoga, so the big track doesn't really pick her up that much, but I was able to pull her shoes off for the first time today, and it's always nice on the clay here."

Smedshammer also trains Fad Finance, a daughter of Blue Chip Farms stallion Credit Winner, for owners Purple Haze Stables LLC., Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables.  This was Fad Finance's tenth win from 21 career tries, and she has now earned $306,556.  The 5-1 second choice, Fad Finance returned $12.00 to win.

The final $63,400 trotting filly tilt saw Side Bet Hanover (Corey Callahan) rally up the inside out of the pocket to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53 1/5.  Womans Will (Andy Miller) took second, ahead of Wildflower (Svanstedt).

"I had plenty of trot; I was really hoping I could shake free," Callahan said.  "She was so good her last start up there in Canada (fifth in the Elegantimage), but it was the same thing, didn't really get any room.  When she found room today she shot through there very strong.  She's had a really good year.  She won her Hambletonian Oaks elimination, just came up a little bit short in the final.  I'm sure she'll be here next Sunday, and hopefully she'll give us a good run."

Side Bet Hanover, a Donato Hanover filly, is trained by Jonas Czernyson for owner SRF Stable.  Side Bet Hanover is now a five-time winner from 18 lifetime starts, and she shows earnings of $175,336.  Side Bet Hanover was dispatched at 7-2 and paid $9.00 to win.