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CR Kay Suzie Dominated
Colts in Horse Racing

The Associated Press
December 20, 1995

When male trotters stepped out with CR Kay Suzie in 1995, they usually found her company too fast.

The 3-year-old filly trotter went up against colts eight times during the year and won six of those races. Of her $910,535 in earnings, $671,000 was picked up against 3-year-old or older male trotters.

Another big newsmaker was Jenna’s Beach Boy, a 3-year-old colt pacer, who posted 15 wins and two seconds in 17 starts for earnings of $981,793. One of the wins was a world record 1:48 4-5 for 3-year-old pacers in a non-stake race Sept. 30 at the Red Mile at Lexington, Ky. The previous record of 1:49 3-5 was set by Nihilator at the Red Mile in 1985. One of Jenna’s Beach Boy’s stakes wins was in the Breeders’ Crown 3-year-old colt and gelding pace.

David’s Pass, another 3-year-old pacing colt, was the top equine money winner, with $1,452,363 on five wins, two seconds and a third in 13 starts. He won the Meadowlands Pace and the North America Cup at Woodbine near Toronto, the only two pacing races with gross $1 million purses.

It was another good year for John Campbell, and a tough one for Herve Filion.

Campbell, the only driver to top $100 million in winnings, was the money-winning champion for the 12th time, with more than $9 million. The race-winning champion was Tony Morgan, with more than 700.

Filion, easily the winningest driver in history with almost 15,000 victories, was charged with fixing a race at Yonkers Raceway June 26. Filion, 55, pleaded innocent to taking a bribe and tampering with a sports contest. Two other drivers, Darron Ryder, 29, and Frederick Grant, 44, were charged with second-degree tampering.

CR Kay Suzie beat colts in the Yonkers Trot, the first race of the Trotting Triple Crown, but she failed to qualify for the Hambletonian final at the Meadowlands when she broke stride in an elimination heat. She bounced back and beat colts in a heat and in the final of World Trotting Derby at Du Quoin, Ill. Her only other defeat by males came when she finished fourth, as the youngest starter, in the Yonkers International, won by His Majesty S.

The Hambletonian was won by Tagliabue. The third race of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity, at the Red Mile, was won by her stablemate CR Track Master. The filly and colt were bred by Carl and Rod Allen and are owned and trained by the Allens.

Campbell drove Tagliabue, trained by brother Jim Campbell, in the Hambletonian, and he also won the Little Brown Jug for 3-year-old pacers with Nick’s Fantasy at Delaware, Ohio.

The name of the year has to belong to the 2-year-old colt pacer, who won the Woodrow Wilson at the Meadowlands: A Stud Named Sue.

© 1995 The Associated Press

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