by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
Delaware, OH — Bax Of Life and driver Yannick Gingras made a three-wide move on the final turn and charged past Classic Martine and Rockin With Dewey in the stretch to win Thursday’s (Sept. 24) $100,000 Miss Versatility Series championship for older female trotters in 1:54.2 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.
Classic Martine, who won the 2014 Miss Versatility championship, finished second as the 4-5 favorite, followed by Rockin With Dewey and Charmed Life.
Bax Of Life, trained by Jerry Duford, was sent off at odds of 32-1 and paid $66.20 to win.
Classic Martine led the way through fractions of :27.3, :57, and 1:26, with Rockin With Dewey racing to her outside for much of the final half-mile. Bax Of Life got into the outer flow from mid-pack and made her late charge to the win for owners Duford and Joanne Wray.
Bax Of Life, a 7-year-old mare by Windsong’s Legacy out of the mare Bax Machine, has won three of 23 races this year and 24 of 117 in her career. She has lifetime earnings of $552,565.
“I was told to watch out for her on the turns,” said Gingras. “She wouldn’t break, but she can get steppy. As long as you put her in a good spot in the race she will give you all her effort. She never stops trying.”
— Kimberly French contributed to this report
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