A much-anticipated showdown between Emoticon Hanover and Pasithea Face S developed in the final eighth of the $67,000 Crawford Farms/Allerage Farms for distaff trotters, and Miss Versatility champion Emoticon Hanover ($4.80) narrowly reached to defeat her rival in the final stride of a 1:51.2 mile over sloppy going.
Daniel Dubé put Emoticon Hanover in play from the outset, but the pair yielded to Pasithea Face S (Tim Tetrick) at the completion of the first eighth. The Dayton Trotting Derby winner controlled comfortable enough fractions of :28.3, :56.3, and 1:24.2, but Emoticon Hanover tracked intently from the pocket all the while before angling off the pegs to make her move a quarter from home.
While Pasithea Face S dug in to hold her ground in upper stretch, Emoticon Hanover mounted intensifying pressure through the final 150 yards and lunged to just reach by a scant nose in the final stride. Pasithea Face S was a game runner-up, while Charmed Life (Louis-Philippe Roy) was a one-paced third 2-1/4 lengths farther back, after fanning three-wide from third at head-stretch.
Luc Blais trains Emoticon Hanover, a four-year-old daughter of Kadabra and winner of 15 races in her career, for the Determination group.
(The Red Mile)