To Dream On was the 2012 Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year but had been unable to live up to her stellar performances last year until today when trainer/driver Jimmy Takter give his filly a perfect drive to win the $205,100 final of the 48th annual Kentucky Filly Futurity at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY.
The race started off with Shared Past and driver Yannick Gingras shooting to the early lead to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.4 with Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) sitting on their backs. Then Ma Chere Hall and driver Corey Callahan, who had won the first heat of the Filly Futurity, came first-over in the backstretch to take command at the half mile in :54.2 but Shared Past would not let them past.
They raced neck and neck to the three-quarters in 1:23 and all the while Jimmy Takter and To Dream On was second-over on the outside following the live flow.
As the field came down the stretch it was a two-horse race as Ma Chere Hall was wearing down Shared Past but all of sudden Takter moved To Dream On to the center of the track and they not only collared the race leaders, but passed them by to win going away by two open lengths in 1:52.1. Ma Chere Hall second and Shared Past held for third place.
“She can be a little grabby like she was in the first heat,” Takter explained. “I stayed outside and did not want to get her so excited and then Corey gave me good cover and then I waited and waited and waited. We have had so many problems with this filly this year so it was sweet for her to win today.”
It was the second win in 12 starts for To Dream On, who is sired by Credit Winner. She is co-owned by Marvin Katz, Al Libfield and Sam Goldband, all of Ontario. The time of the race was a lifetime mark as To Dream On paid $28.00 to win.
After the race, majority owner Marvin Katz had news about To Dream On.
“This was her last race,” Katz said in the winner’s circle. “I just talked it over with Jimmy and he is in agreement. I also have to thank Jimmy Takter for all he has done with this filly. He is a masterful horseman.”
Ma Chere Hall wins first heat
Ma Chere Hall loves racing at the Red Mile in Lexington, KY, posting her fifth straight victory with an impressive 1:52.3 triumph in the $87,900 first heat of the 48th annual Kentucky Filly Futurity Sunday over a track labeled good.
Driven by Corey Callahan, Ma Chere Hall went out to the early lead over Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) by the opening quarter mile in :28.1 but once the field entered the backstretch it was Frau Blucher and driver Ron Pierce charging up first-over and taking command after the half mile marker in :56.1.
Coming into the final turn, Frau Blucher had a firm hold on the lead at the three-quarters in 1:24 but once they started down the stretch, Callahan brought Ma Chere Hall to the center of the track and she starting motoring away. Only Classic Martine could chase her down as Ma Chere Hall went on to win by a half length. Mistery Woman (Dave Miller) was third.
“She has been really good,” Callahan said. “I was able to get to the lead with sensible fractions. Ronnie then came at me hard so I let them go. Then Timmy’s horse (Classic Martine) came at us in the stretch but my filly digs in and she impresses me every week.”
Trained by Jonas Czernyson, Ma Chere Hall was bred and is co-owned by Walnut Hall Limited with Aldebaran Park, Inc. and J. Sbrocco. It was the seventh win this year for the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe who paid $12.80 to win.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com