CHESTER PA – Test Of Faith, the fastest two-year-old of 2020, showed she’s ready for whatever her opponents may throw at her with a sensational qualifying victory in 1:53.1 at Harrah’s Philadelphia Tuesday morning.
The Art Major filly, trained by Brett Pelling for Melvin Segal, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Eddie Gran, was reserved off early fractions of :28.2 and :58.2 by driver David Miller, sitting third, four lengths off at the half. Test Of Faith moved up to second, still six lengths off the lead, by the 1:26 three-quarters, but she roared her individual last quarter in :26 to be a 1½ length winner. Test Of Faith now has two winning qualifiers in preparation for 2021, a year after her 1:48.4 win at Lexington was quicker than even “the boys” among freshmen.
Forbidden Trade, the 2019 Hambletonian winner who would draw post four for this Sunday’s $100,000 Maxie Lee Trot at Philly an hour later, got a good workout in another qualifier, winning in 1:58.1 with back fractions of :57.3 - :28.1. Bob McClure drove the son of Kadabra for trainer Luc Blais and owners Determination.
Shnitzledosomethin qualified in 1:53.3 for driver David Miller, trainer Dylan Davis, and owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Abraham Basen, and Richard Lombardo. The son of Fred And Ginger will not be in the $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace, but he may be on a strong undercard on Sunday.