Ticket To Rock, Naughtytiltheend score in Glen Garnsey

by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Lexington, KY — David Miller and Ticket To Rock found late racing room and exploded past Rock N Soul and Northwest Hanover in deep stretch to win the $159,000 first division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers in 1:52 on Friday (Oct. 22) at The Red Mile.

Ticket To Rock was a 1:52 winner in the first division.

“There was probably one point where I was getting a little worried there,” Miller said. “But once I started angling out, (Rock N Soul) started fading, so I was able to get room.

“She’s very handy and she likes to go,” he added about Ticket To Rock.

Rock N Soul took the lead on the backstretch from Ticket To Rock, who led the field to a :28.1 first quarter. Rock N Soul was challenged by Northwest Hanover’s first-over attack heading around the final turn and into the stretch. Miller was briefly locked in on the rail, but eventually found space and was able to win by three-quarters of a length. Northwest Hanover was second and Hula’s Z Tam got by Rock N Soul for third.

Ticket To Rock has won 11 of 17 races this year and earned $382,034 this season. She is trained by Jeff Webster and owned by Let It Ride Stables, Jack Darling Stables, Robert Cooper Stables, and Jerry Silva.

Sent off as the even-money favorite, Ticket To Rock’s Garnsey triumph was her fourth consecutive win and eighth in her last nine starts.

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Naughtytiltheend split horses to win in a time of 1:50.2.

Naughtytiltheend was strong to the end, splitting between rivals Put On A Show and Seriously in the final moments to score a 68-1 upset win in the $159,000 second division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:50.2.

Overwhelming favorite Put On A Show, who entered the day with 12 wins in 14 races this year, finished in a dead-heat with Seriously for second place.

“I had that planned; I bet it myself,” Naughtytiltheend’s trainer Erv Miller joked. “She’s just one of those fillies we’re starting to get figured out a little bit. Today, speed was carrying good and she settled down nice.

“If she gets in the race, like she did today, she’s got a little go on the end of it. The filly has really been game when you get her in the race.”

You See LA got the early lead over a stubborn Naughtytiltheend as the field reached the first quarter in :26.3. Best Boss moved for the front on the backstretch and cleared to lead You See LA and Naughtytiltheend to the half in :54.1.

Breeders Crown champ Put On A Show kicked into gear heading into the final turn and challenged for the lead on the outside. She reached the front as the field straightened for home, but was unable to hold off Naughtytiltheend in deep stretch. Naughtytiltheend, driven by Andy Miller, got there first by a neck.

Naughtytiltheend has won seven of 24 races this year and earned $276,811. She is owned by Diamond Creek Farm.

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