What does it take to beat a Dan Patch award winner? It better be a world record performance and that’s what it took for Designed To Be to defeat Shake It Cerry in a $98,100 division of the PASS for three-year-old trotting fillies Wednesday at Pocono Downs.
Unbeaten in three starts this year, Shake It Cerry was driven by Ron Pierce and they left from post seven in the co-feature race. With stablemate Lifetime Pursuit (Yannick Gingras) in the two-spot, the duel Jimmy Takter trainees were sitting pretty to the opening quarter mile in :28 seconds.
But then the action really heated up as the 8/5 second choice, Designed To Be, and driver Brian Sears came charging up first-over and with a :27.4 middle quarter, rushed to take the command of the race before the half mile marker in :55.1.
Not to be outdone, Pierce came right back on the outside with Shake It Cerry and the duo raced to the three-quarters in 1:23.4, but Designed To Be was too tough for Shake It Cerry and Sears guided her to a two and three-quarter length victory with Lifetime Pursuit second and Shake It Cerry third. Her last quarter mile was a blazing :27.4.
The time of the mile was a lifetime mark of 1:51.3, tying the world record which was set at Pocono Downs by Check Me Out in 2012.
It was just the second straight win in the second straight start this year for Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover is trained by Julie Miller and is co-owned by Al Libfield and Marvin Katz of Ontario, who also bred the filly. She was a $286,000 winner last year and paid $5.20 to win tonight.
The $98,100 first division of the PASS saw Take The Money and driver Dave Palone get a dream two-hole trip behind race favorite Cooler Schooler (John Campbell) until she took over the lead by the top of the stretch and scored a one length triumph in a lifetime best 1:52.4.
Cantabs Fortune (Scott Zeron) was second with Tweet Me (David Miller) third.
Sired by Donato Hanover, it was the sixth win in nine starts this year for Take The Money, who paid $4.80 to win. Also trained by Julie Miller, Take The Money is owned by Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com