Shake It Cerry romps in Elegantimage

by Mark McKelvie – WEG Communications

Cambellville, ON –– Shake It Cerry, driven by Ron Pierce, destroyed nine rivals in the C$409,000 Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night (Sept 13) at Mohawk Racetrack.

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Shake It Cerry equaled a track, stakes and Canadian record time of 1:52.1 in the Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racewayk.

A daughter of Donato Hanover–Solveig, Shake It Cerry continued her sensational season Saturday evening with arguably her best performance to date.

Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Shake It Cerry was parked around the first turn in fourth and eventually would clear to the front as the field approached the half-mile pole.

After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3, Shake It Cerry found another gear and opened up on the field under a hand drive from Pierce.

Trained by Jimmy Takter, Shake It Cerry cruised to a 9-1/4 length victory in a Track, Stakes and Canadian record equaling time of 1:52.1.

“I asked her to go a little bit turning for home and she responded well and was just full of trot,” said Pierce following the race. “I never turned the whip around, I never pulled her ear plugs, I just sat there, I was just a passenger. Jimmy had her tuned up and I just had to sit there.”

Takter’s other starter in the Elegantimage final, Scream And Shout, finished second in a photograph over Vanity Matters.

Shake It Cerry has now won nine of her eleven starts this season and 17 of 21 career appearances.

Following the race, Takter had high praise for his star trotting filly.

“I always said this is the best 3-year-old filly in this crop,” said Takter. “Lifetime Pursuit is quite good too, but I know with this filly she had a tough run in the Hambletonian (Oaks), but she is just a fantastic horse and bounces back every time and I think she’s earned all the respect she can get.”

Owned by Solveig Racing Partners, Shake It Cerry increased her career earnings to C$1,427,880 with her victory Saturday night.

She paid $3.60 to win.

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