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2009 North America Cup Day Results

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Celebrity Deville wins the 2009 Elegantimage Stakes
Celebrity Deville wins the 2009 Elegantimage Stakes

Celebrity Deville wins the 2009 Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The last stakes race of the night was the $561,500 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Driver Steve Condren sent 4-5 favorite Windsong Soprano to take over the lead from Elusive Desire entering the backstretch to set fractions of 57 4/5 and 1:27, with Celebrity Juliet pressing the pace to her outside the whole way. Windsong Soprano led the field into the stretch, but 12-1 Celebrity Deville, who was 5th early and parked wide, closed with a rush to pass the tiring favorite late to win by 2 1/4 lengths over late-running Raising Rachel in 1:54 3/5. It was another 3/4 length back to Windsong Soprano third.

Winning driver George Brennan, who drove the filly for the first time, said, "I didn't know anything about her. On the way to the track (trainer) Staffan Lind gave me a call and gave me a little input on her, and that's pretty much all I knew. I thought she had a shot. We got a perfect trip and she responded off it. She was trotting pretty strong (in the stretch) and there was no doubt in my mind (that we had it won)."

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