FIRING from her rail post position, former New Zealand mare Nerida Franco was the pacesetter and authored fractions of 27 seconds and 55.4 to the half-mile around Harrington.
Artrageous mounted a first-over attack with Jamie’s Renegade perched second over to three-quarters in 1:24.1.
The outer tier stalled as Empress Deo sat the pocket throughout but was outkicked for second by a late surging Cruzinforavictory. Empress Deo held third.
Trained by Kevin Lare, Nerida Franco registered her 25th win. The nine-year-old daughter of Lis Mara has banked more than $310,000.
Meet leading driver Art Stafford junior had four wins on the program. Tony Morgan and Jon Roberts each had a double.
- MATT SPARACINO