10/03/2014 3:39PM

Red Mile: Gingras shines with 2-year-olds on Friday

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Derick Giwner
Connections of JK She'salady celebrate after her International Stallion Stake win.

The good times continued to roll for Yannick Gingras at the Red Mile on Friday afternoon. North America’s top driver steered five stakes winners on the 11-race card and equaled a world record with Sassa Hanover in the progress.

While Sassa Hanover went fastest, the undefeated JK She’salady was the featured attraction on the card. Gingras bided his time as the opening fractions went on the board in 27 1/5 and 55 1/5. The 2-year-old daughter of Art Major was then asked for speed and she gained with nearly every stride to storm right by leader Bettor Be Steppin at the 1:23 3/5 three quarter marker.

In the stretch it was all Jk She’salady. Without even pulling the earplugs the Nancy Johansson trainee opened up and maintained her lead for the victory in 1:50 2/5.

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Heavenly Bride finished second ahead of Bettor Be Steppin.

“I don’t even have any words to describe her right now,” said Johansson. “I’m kind of running out of synonyms for awesome. She just gets it done. (Yannick) didn’t even pull her ear plugs or anything; he never asked her to go.”

Perfect in eight career starts, JK She’salady will either head to Canada for the Three Diamonds at Woodbine in late October or search for an overnight race to keep her sharp prior to the Breeders Crown in late November at the Meadowlands.

“We have to keep her tight,” said Johansson on the plan if she avoids Canada. “We’ll have to find some races for her somewhere, but it isn’t an easy task because she has a lot of wins and a lot of money earned.”

The 3 Brothers Stable owns JK She’salady.

Sassa Hanover was given a more aggressive drive by Gingras, taking control from Divine Caroline just after the opening half in 54 3/5. She held a bit more than a length lead by three quarters in a speedy 1:22 and dug in bravely to fend off Divine Caroline. Ideal Nuggets was third.

Derick Giwner      Sassa Hanover equaled a world record.

The final time of 1:50 1/5 equaled the world record for pacing fillies that is shared by I Luv The Nitelife, Precocious Beauty, Allstar Rating, and JK She’salady.

“Yannick didn’t like the trip he worked out for her, but she dug in and got the job done,” said trainer Ron Burke, who added she will head to the Matron at Dover Downs.

Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Larry Karr own Sassa Hanover.

Burke and Gingras also hooked up in the first division of the International Stallion Stake for rookie pacing fillies. Bettor N Better scored for owners Our Horse Cents Stable and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc in 1:51.

Trainer Nancy Johansson scored a training double when she sent out Cruzado Dela Noche to a wire to wire score in the colt and gelding division of the Stallion Stake. Driver David Miller sent the Courant AB colt to the front and never looked back in 1:53 4/5.

“This little colt, I’ve loved him all winter training down,” said Johansson. “He’s obviously close to my heart because I took care of Muscle Massive for my dad (Jimmy Takter).”

Takter made a trip to the winner’s circle himself when Gingras steered his trainee Walter White to victory in another colt split. Walter White flashed early speed but yielded and had to wait for room in the stretch. Once clear he took dead aim and got up in 1:56 1/5.

“He just needed racetrack. Once he got it, he did the rest,” said Gingras of the Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine Inc, and Jim Fielding owned colt.

The dynamic Takter and Gingras team that is behind so many of the top horses in 2014 got together again with Pinkman. This time Gingras found himself sitting third behind the undefeated Billy Flynn after displaying some early speed. When clear, Pinkman found the burst he needed and got past a somewhat steppy Billy Flynn in 1:53 3/5.

Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Herb Liverman, and Joyce Mc Clelland own the Explosive Matter-sired colt.

The final two colt divisions eluded Gingras. Muscle Diamond rallied off cover to score in 1:53 4/5 for co-owner/trainer Brett Bittle and driver John Campbell. The Muscle Hill youngster is also owned by Charlie Keller III and Charlie Keller IV.

Corey Callahan pulled off a huge upset with Aldebaran Eagle to wrap up the stakes action. He gunned to the front and later found room in the stretch to come up the inside for the 1:55 1/5 score. The Jonas Czernyson trained and Aldebaran Park Inc-owned colt paid an insane $214.80 to win.