Delaware, OH — Treacherous Reign won Wednesday’s first $51,920 elimination of the Jugette for 3-year-old female pacers in 1:52 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. She was followed by Ideation Hanover, Bestseller Hanover, and She’s Allright in advancing to the $155,760 final later today. Warrawee Ubeaut romped to victory in the second elim, winning in 1:51.1. Stonebridge Soul, Carbon Capture, and Under The Hood also advanced to the final.
Treacherous Reign, the 1-5 favorite in the first elimination, saw Bestseller Hanover take the lead on the first turn but driver Dexter Dunn kept Treacherous Reign moving forward and grabbed the top spot in a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. Ideation Hanover came with a sustained first-over challenge but was unable to get nearer than second.
“Obviously, we have to go another heat here and she was doing enough,” Dunn said. “The way she felt was extremely pleasing.”
It was Treacherous Reign’s sixth win in 12 starts this year. She has earned $359,821 in 2019 for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Alagna Racing, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables, and Dana Parham.
“I thought she was the best suited (out of my fillies) for here today and she showed that in the first heat,” Alagna said. “Any horse that can whip around The Meadows like she does, we figured she would be a great fit over here and we couldn’t have been happier with how she raced.
“She has a pretty efficient gait, so it’s not like she has to work real hard at what she does. The way she went across the wire with the ear plugs in, Dexter felt very comfortable with how she came across the wire, so all that bodes well for the next heat. We’ll see what happens.”
Warrawee Ubeaut, the Ron Burke-trained 1-9 favorite in the second elimination, took the lead from Stonebridge Soul after the first turn and was never threatened. The 2018 Dan Patch Award winner won by 6-1/4 lengths over Stonebridge Soul.
“It’s all credit to the Burke Brigade; I think a couple times earlier in the year she was beating herself,” winning driver Yannick Gingras said. “She would race herself, she wouldn’t race other horses. Now, she had a :29.2 second quarter (in her elimination) and I could have gone :29.2 again in the third quarter. She just lets me do what I want to do, and it makes all the difference.
“I just let her pace a little bit in the (final) turn to make sure I wasn’t going to get caught sleeping or get out-sprinted. When I turned around at the top of the stretch I was up by five (lengths) so I shut her down finishing to keep something for the next heat.”
Warrawee Ubeaut’s elim victory was her eighth in 13 races this season and gave her seasonal earnings of $450,518. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi.
“From day one, we always knew she was super talented,” Burke said. “But it was the fact she wasn’t going to do it our way all the time. She’s still like that a little bit, but she’s gotten so much better.”