Warrawee Ubeaut Holds On To Capture Freshman Filly Pace Crown
by Ellen Harvey, For The Breeders Crown
Warrawee Ubeaut and driver Yannick Gingras held off last second chargers to win the $600,000 Breeders Crown for Two-Year-Old pacing fillies on Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
On the sloppy track, the leader at the first quarter was Queen of the Pride (Tony Hall) at :26.2 who was soon overtaken by St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) and then by Warrawee Ubeaut at the :54.2 half.
Gingras kept the daughter of Sweet Lou on the lead through the 1:22.4 three-quarters and was on the lead in deep stretch when she was threatened by encroaching Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) on the inside and Zero Tolerance (David Miller) on the outside.
The margin of victory was a half-length, Zero Tolerance was second and Prescient Beauty third. The winner returned $4.00, $3.00, and $2.40.
Warrawee Ubeaut is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, Phil Collura, J. and T. Silva, Purnell and Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi.
"Last week I drove her about as bad as a horse could be driven," said Gingras. "I told the girl who looks after her I'll get the job done this week. I was very confident. The race didn't play out the way I thought it would, but we just moved with the flow. It's unfortunate [the bad weather], but it is what it is, we're all racing in the same conditions and usually the cream rises to the top.”