Twin B Joe Fresh (Roll With Joe) used an aggressive approach and it paid off as her main rival broke stride and she went on to win the $250,000 James Lynch Memorial for sophomore pacing fillies in harness racing action at Pocono Downs on Saturday afternoon (August 19th).
Driver Dexter Dunn used his post advantage with Twin Be Joe Fresh on Sylvia Hanover (Bob McClure) to take command early and force that rival – who had yet to lose a race this year before today – to take back. Twin B Joe Fresh was allowed to set a reserved early pace, clicking off a quarter in :27.2 and a half in a pedestrian :56.2. Meanwhile, Sylvia Hanover, who pulled at the three-eighths pole, moved up to challenge and pulled even with the leader at the five-eighths pole.
The rival fillies battled through a :26.1 third quarter throwdown and appeared to be readying for an epic stretch drive when Sylvia Hanover jumped off stride just past the 1:22.3 three quarters. Her break in stride drew an audible gasp from the on-track crowd.
That left only pocket sitting Charleston to worry about and Twin B Joe Fresh, on the strength of a :27.1 kicker, easily held that rival at bay by 1 1/2 lengths. in 1:49.4. It was another three lengths back to Sweet Amira who edged Odds on Hail Mary for third.
TWIN B JOE FRESH REPLAY
Victorious driver Dunn, who also owns the winner with trainer Chris Ryder and partners, said his filly was easy to rate and that helped. “We did get a good breather, she came back to me nicely,” he said. “If you can get her out of the gate, she’ll come back to you nicely. Obviously, we had Sylvia bearing down on us on the back there. It was a little lucky for us that she made a break, but my filly was still traveling great at the time.”
Twin B Joe Fresh, who paid $3.80 as the slight favorite, was taking her fifth win in eight starts this year and she raised her lifetime earnings to more than $911,000.
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