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2012 North America Cup Day Results

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Check Me OUt wins the 2012 Elegantimage Stakes
Check Me OUt wins the 2012 Elegantimage Stakes

Check Me OUt wins the 2012 Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack

© Terence Dulay
Kicking off the stakes action on the North America Cup undercard was the $530,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies. 14-1 Valdonna led first time by through an opening quarter in 27 3/5 before 7-1 Win Missy B took over, getting fractions of 56 2/5 and 1:24 2/5. Entering the stretch, 1-2 favorite Check Me Out, 3rd early, moved up to take over the lead, and was all out to hold off late-running 3-1 Maven to win by a nose in a new Canadian record time of 1:52 1/5. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to Win Missy B third.

Winning driver Tim Tetrick said, "My mare kept fighting all the way to the wire. Give Maven tons of credit. She fought tooth and nail. It was a great horse race all the way down the lane. I wanted to make sure I got away close. I thought there might be a little more speed than there was. But the front two were setting enough pace. I was going to move to the front, but Brian (Sears, on Win Missy B) beat me to the punch. I was stuck first over. But around the last turn I got to get back in behind him for a little bit and braved my mare back up. She just trotted a heckuva last quarter to win the race in a very, very tight photo."

Results chart Race 3

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