Celebrity Eventsy worked hard to seat her early challengers, then coasted home to capture Saturday’s $147,500 Moni Maker for three-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows.
Celebrity Eventsy left from the rail and could have settled for a two- or three-hole trip. But winning driver John Campbell wanted the front and hustled Celebrity Eventsy to the lead before throwing on the brakes.
“I wanted to be on the front if I could get there within reason,” Campbell said.
With the field lined up behind him and no one eager to pull, Campbell was able to give the daughter of Manofmanymissions-Little Ms Queenie an internal half of :58, a breather that assured Celebrity Eventsy would have plenty left for the stretch. She did, scoring in 1:54.1, one and a half lengths better than Zweig winner Flowers N Songs, who endured a tough trip from post eight. Southwind Pearl rallied for show.
“Once I got everybody seated, she got a middle half that was uncontested,” Campbell said. “As long as no one was coming, I wasn’t going to step on the gas until they did. She responded really well. I think she’ll have a good rest of the year.”
Staffan Lind trains Celebrity Eventsy, who vaulted over $400,000 in career earnings, for Celebrity Farms.
Celebrity Eventsy entered the Moni Maker off a respectable third-place finish to All The Time in the Hambletonian Oaks. Now, with All The Time sidelined after emergency surgery, Celebrity Eventsy may loom even larger in the battle for divisional honours.
“There are really nice fillies in her division,” Campbell said, “but I think she’s in the top three. She beat All The Time and Broadway Donna in the elimination for the Oaks, so she’s right there with those fillies.”
Jimmy Takter, All The Time’s trainer, reported Saturday that the filly came through her surgery well and, if her recuperation has no complications, could begin jogging in four months.