Trotting Fillies & Mares take Center Stage in Weiss


Classic Belisima stamped herself as the mare to beat in the trotting female division of the Wednesday, April 1st Bobby Weiss Series at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, winning her $15,000 second round division in 1:53.3, while Dress For Success joined “Belisima” as a Weiss repeat winner with a 1:55.1 tally in the other cut.
A daughter of Crazed, Classic Belisima was just overpowering while taking a new lifetime mark, trotting home in 28.1 to extend what was a 1 ¼-length lead at the three-quarters to a 9 3/4-length triumph. A seven-time winner in nine seasonal outings, “Belisima,” which means “most beautiful” in Italian (usually with two “s”’s), certainly looks that way from every angle to trainer John Cabot and owner William Cantrell. (She even has her own “video,” with music by Adele, on YouTube – her yearling footage.)
Dress For Success also kept her record unblemished in Weiss action, and also got a new speed badge with a backstretch brush to the lead to win by 5 ½ lengths. The daughter of Infinitif is conditioned by Christopher Freck for owners Stacey Ruddick and Denise Dennis. (And “Dress For Success” is of course named after the famous John Molloy book that taught “power business dressing” to corporate America.)