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Chanteline, Rapid Rhythm Take Split Divisions of Richie Scherer Memorial

Ten Broeck Farm’s Chanteline and Robert Evans’ Rapid Rhythm captured split divisions of Saturday’s $50,000 Richie Scherer Memorial at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, named in honor of late trainer and Fair Grounds mainstay Richie Scherer.

Chanteline, ridden by Jamie Theriot for trainer Steve Asmussen, broke well and settled into a pace-pressing trip behind the early leader, Our Valor, through an opening quarter in 21.87. As the leader began to tire nearing the top of the stretch, Chanteline edged clear into the lane after a half-mile split of 45.19 and was kept to task in the lane to hold by three-quarters of a length in a final time of 1:03.30 for the 5½-furlong turf trip. Speedway Stable’s Mike Stidham-trained One Last Shot rallied from midpack to finish second under Jack Gilligan while 3½ lengths in front of Brad Grady’s even-money favorite Triple Chelsea under Robby Albarado for trainer Joe Sharp.

“She broke well today and I just let her be,” Theriot said. “She got left last time and came running, so today I just let her be and she found a good spot down the backside.”

Chanteline, a 5-year-old Majesticperfection mare, won for the fifth time in 19 career starts and earned $30,070 for the victory to boost her lifetime bankroll to $312,722. She returned $6.40, $4.40 and $2.60. One Last Shot paid $11.20 and $5, with Triple Chelsea returning $2.20.

Honey Bunny, Scatter Gun, Thoughtless, Two Wonders and Our Valor completed the order of finish.

Later in the day, Rapid Rhythm returned to her winning ways and extended her unbeaten streak on the Stall-Wilson turf course to six with a half-length win in the second division of the Richie Scherer Memorial.

Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for trainer Mike Stidham, the 5-year-old daughter of Successful Appeal settled off a modest set of splits in 22.67 and 46.46 before launching a bid down the center of the course. After hitting the top, she withstood a late challenge from Heider Family Stables’ Tom Proctor-trained Contributing under Florent Geroux and completed the 5½-furlong trip in 1:04.01. It was a nose back to Winchester Racing’s Miss Gossip (Ire) in third under Brian Hernandez, Jr. for trainer Andrew McKeever.

“I was a passenger,” Bridgmohan said. “Mike told me don’t change anything about her and just get her in the middle of the turf course, and sure enough that’s all I had to do.”

“She kind of tailed off on us a bit,” Stidham added. “She doesn’t handle the heat well and we gave her time off and focused on Fair Grounds.”

Rapid Rhythm won her ninth race from 23 career starts and earned $29,760 to increase her lifetime earnings to $277,997. She returned $9.60, $5.40 and $3.60, with Contributing paying $6.60 and $4.80 and Miss Gossip returning $4.60.

Luvin Bullies, Nite Delite, Boom Bam Bing, Simple Surprise, Sky Flower, Burma Road and Nobody’s Fault completed the running order.