Two high-priced fillies proved their worth last night at Rosecroft in winning the two divisions of the Kentucky Standardbred Sales Company Trot.
Santa Royal set a track record of 1:59 4/5 for 2-year-old trotting fillies in taking the second division; Frances Jet Boko won the first division in 2:01 2/5.
Driven by Cat Manzi, Santa Royal took the early lead in the second KSSC Trot division and was immediately challenged by Jean Bi driven by Jan Nordin. Despite a relentless effort by Jean Bi to pass the pacesetter, Manzi kept Santa Royal alive and guided her to the record victory. Jean Bi was a neck back.
"I really wasn't surprised that Nordin was up to challenge," said Manzi. "I knew Nordin thought a lot of his filly." But at the wire, Manzi knew had the best with Santa Royal. "She's just a sweetheart of a filly."
Santa Royal ($3.60) is owned by Peter Heffering of Port Perry, Ontario, who paid $175,000 for the filly this spring. Santa Royal's $48,125 winner's share pushed her lifetime earnings to $290,150 in four starts.
Nordin was a winner in the first division as the trainer of Frances Jet Boko. Driven Hugo Langeweg, Frances Jet Boko took the lead as the 2-to-5 race favorite and was quickly pressured by Don Irvine Jr. driving Seductive Lass. To keep the lead, Langeweg was forced to set fast early fractions of 29 1/5 to the quarter and 58 4/5 to the half.
As the pair moved into stretch, Langeweg went to work on Frances Jet Boko and held off a final bid by Seductive Lass to win by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:01 2/5.
Frances Jet Boko is owned John Bootsman who paid $150,000 for her last fall. "She's worth every penny of that now," said Bootsman, a prominent owner in the Netherlands who was so jubilant about his filly's victory he ran down the stretch to meet her after the race. Frances Jet Boko earned $48,750.