Peachbottom, a 2-year-old filly named after a nuclear power plant, was full of pace in winning the $112,925 first division of the $225,000 Lady Baltimore at Freestate last night.
In the second division, Leslie Lobell, driven by Catello Manzi, defeated 3-to-10 favorite De Buena Lobell, driven by Howard Beissinger.
Peachbottom, driven by John Campbell, a leading driver from the Meadowlands, took the lead from Neroulette near the quarter-pole.
Peachbottom set fractions of :27 2/5, :57 4/5; 1:27 2/5 on way to pacing the mile in 1:57 2/5--a Freestate track record for a 2-year-old pacing filly. It eclipsed the mark of 1:58 4/5 set earlier this year by Scarlet Meema. It was also the fastest time this season in the nation for a 2-year-old filly on a five-eighths-mile track.
Naughty But Nice, with Tommy Haughton driving, stalked Peachbottom for the last half of the race.
Peachbottom appeared beaten at the top of the stretch when Naughty But Nice began to make her move. Campbell, however, gave the full sister to champion No Nukes the whip and Peachbottom responded, holding off the challenger to win by a neck.
Naughty But Nice finished second and Peachbottom's stablemate, Hit Parade, was third.
The time of the mile in the second division was 1:58 3/5, thanks largely to slow fractions set by De Buena Lobell. Manzi took Leslie Lobell to the lead shortly after the quarter pole but was quickly passed by De Buena Lobell before the half. Myrrh, with Campbell, prompted the pace on the outside.
Manzi followed the leaders along the rail in third postion until the stretch, pulled out and easily passed De Buena to win by three-quarters of a length. De Buena Lobell held on for second and Fried Egg, with Tommy Haughton, closed for third.