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My Heart Was True Looks to Continue Her Roll in Grandma Ann Final
Coming into this race off a convincing 1:52.1 come-from-behind victory in last week's elimination, the Nick Giberson trainee could not be any sharper as she looks for the biggest payday of her 21-race career. Uncorking a huge 26.3 final quarter after being sixth at the top of the stretch, My Heart Was True proceeded to blow right by her rivals to win by a length.
After guiding My Heart Was True to yet another victory, regular driver Brandon Simpson continued to be in awe of this striking filly.
"She's just getting better and better every time she goes out there," he said. "You can do whatever you want with her and she'll stop and start anytime you ask her to, which gives me plenty of options during a race."
Purchased for $42,000 at last year's Harrisburg sale, My Heart Was True has turned into a very solid investment for her connections with more than $121,000 in earnings this season. The only blemish on her record this year is a third place finish in the Filly Maywood Pace at Maywood Park back on June 19.
There are plenty of other good looking fillies in this race as well. Engel Stables’ Fox Valley Topaz, last season's Filly Orange & Blue Stake winner, will be trying regain the magic that helped propel her to more than $628,000 in earnings and Filly of the Year honors.
Harry Von Knoblauch's China Gal also figures to get plenty of attention after a second place finish as the 2-5 favorite in her elimination last week, as will the up-and-coming Annie Your Cool, who just missed pulling off a 68-1 shocker against My Heart Was True in the Time Dancer at DuQuoin before winning her elimination despite being parked the mile last week for Tanah Merah Farms.
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