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Looking Back to Pacific Flight N (03/28/13)
Posted Thursday, March 28, 2013
By Mike Paradise
Pacific Flight N
This New Zealand import was the dominant pacing mare on the Chicago circuit in the middle 1990s for the Joe Anderson Stable when she was owned by Illinoisans John Leahy, Bill Blessing, Eric Boquist and Regina Kiefer.
Pacific Flight began her career for the Anderson Stable in June of 1994 as a 4-year-old and won the first three times she raced at Sportsman’s Park, including a pair of ”Winner’s Over” before going out east where she notched back-to-back victories in Open Handicaps at Yonkers.
In 1995 she had her busiest (31 starts) and most productive (15 wins) season when she banked over $190,000.
Pacific Flight launched her 5-year-old campaign with two Preferred Pace triumphs at Hawthorne before going to New Jersey where she picked-up a win at The Meadowlands in a career fastest time of 1:51.1.
She came back to Illinois and won a Balmoral Open, went to Ohio and took Northfield Park’s Preferred event, came back to our state and notched a Maywood Park Free For All before heading to Sportsman’s she visited that winner’s circle two more times.
The mare would go 5-for-5 at Maywood that year, all in Free For All’s against “the boys” and set a new track record of 1:52.3 for an aged mare..
In 1996 she won more than half her starts (14-for27) against the top mares at Hoosier Park, Sportsman’s, The Red Mile, Freehold and Maywood, finishing her 6-year-old season with 7 wins in her last 9 outings.
In 1997 Pacific Flight N would make 7 more starts, winning 4 of them, including a $50,750 Late Closer at Hawthorne and a $30,000 Open at The Big M.
The daughter of Vance Lobell ended up victorious in 38 of 75 starts for the Anderson Stable, earning $435,094. She had 9 wins earlier in New Zealand and money won of $73,359 there, giving her career totals of 47 first place finishers and purse earnings of $508,454.
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