Caressable equaled Freestate Raceway's mile record for 2-year-old pacing fillies last night in winning the second division of the $402,500 Lady Baltimore in 1:57 2/5.
Other divisional winners were long shot Joy Hanover and heavy favorites Valentina and Follow My Star.
In the second division, Billy Haughton moved Caressable to the outside for the first three-eighths of a mile before gaining the lead and tucking along the rail.
But Caressable, the 3-to-10 betting favorite, lost the lead quickly as Gerald Sarama took Razzle Hanover to the front. Sarama had trouble controlling the filly, however, as Razzle Hanover cut a fast half-mile of :57 3/5 and three-quarters mile of 1:26 2/5 as light rain began to fall.
Haughton and Caressable kept pace in second behind the leader until the top of the stretch when Haughton moved his filly wide and went on to win by a neck over the fast-closing Color And Light. Biel took third and Razzle Hanover faded to forth.
Caressable's performance equaled the time of Peachbottom in the 1983 Lady Baltimore.
In the first division, Joy Hanover got perfect guidance from driver Tom Sells to nose out Swinger Almahurst in 1:59 2/5.
The start of the race was marred as three fillies broke stride. Long shot Katies Rainbow broke and interfered with Musical Hanover who, in turn, interfered with 11-10 favorite Shocking Secret.
With Shocking Secret, the expected pace setter, out of the race and the rail horse, H H Silk, moving slowly out the gate, Sells easily got a spot on the rail racing third.
Sells, one of Freestate's leading drivers, then sat back and watched as Swinger Almahurst and H H Silk battled each other.
Haughton moved Swinger Almahurst to the lead at the quarter-mile pole and was quickly joined on the outside by H H Silk, driven by Fern Paquet.
From the half-mile pole, the two fillies matched strides, with H H Silk gaining a slight lead by the final turn.
In the meantime, Sells finally moved Joy Hanover out at the halfway mark and followed H H Silk, taking advantage of her cover.
Taking Joy Hanover three-wide at the top of the stretch, Sells stalked the tiring leaders and caught them at the wire. Swinger Almahurst came on for second by a nose in front of H H Silk.
Joy Hanover paid $40.60 to win.
Valentina, bet down to 1-10, won the third division easily in 1:59 2/5.
Driven by Haughton, Valentina took the lead by the eighth-mile pole and never was challenged.
Haughton eased the filly along in the race, cutting very slow fractions of 1:01 2/5 at the half-mile and 1:31 2/5 at the three-quarters mark. Haughton finally let Valentina go in the stretch, covering the final quarter in 28 seconds to beat Todlews Toddytime by 2 1/2 lengths.
The victory was Valentina's ninth in 11 career starts.
In the final division, Follow My Star caught Cher A Like at the wire to win by a head in 1:59 1/5.
Driven and trained by Bruce Nickells, the 1-5 betting choice sat second behind Cher A Like, with Ted Wing driving, throughout the race but was unable to move on the leader.
Nickells tried again at the top of the stretch and this time Follow My Star responded to win for the 10th time in 11 career starts.