To Dream On kept her undefeated freshman record intact with a career-best equalling score in her $30,000 Peaceful Way elimination for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday night at Mohawk.
The Jimmy Takter trainee stopped the clock in 1:54, matching her own North American season's-best record, which she set in the Merrie Annabelle final at the Meadowlands on Aug. 4.
To Dream On and driver Dave Miller got away fifth behind Bethel Hanover (Randy Waples), who clocked the first quarter in :28, but the 1-9 favorite was quickly on the move into the backside. To Dream On easily cleared to front and put up fractions of :57 and 1:25.4 en route to the 3 1/4-length triumph. Shared Past (Yannick Gingras) stayed for second and AntsyDancey (Sylvain Filion) got up for third.
"I only had to pull (the ear plugs) once and that was in theMerrie Annabelle final,” offered Miller after the victory. "Tonight she was well in hand there so I felt no need to pull them.”
The daughter of Credit Winner-Satin Pillows has stashed away $221,332 in earnings for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. To Dream On returned $2.30 to win.
In the other Peaceful Way elimination, Bee A Magician found the winner's circle for the fourth consecutive time while lowering her lifetime mark to 1:54.3.
The Richard "Nifty" Norman pupil settled on the rail in fourth while Zorgwijk Nova (Jody Jamieson) cut the opening panel in :29.1. Into the backstretch, driver Rick Zeron and Bee A Magician launched a first-over attack and swiftly cleared to the front to clock the half in :58.
The 1-5 favorite hit the three-quarters in 1:26.4 before unleashing a :27.4 final frame to score by two lengths over Zorgwijk Nova. Handover Belle (Mike Lachance) got up for third.
"She has such a wonderful kick coming for home,” said Zeron from the winner's circle. "It is very exhilarating, I guess, to move a 2-year-old filly over like that and have that much speed coming for home.”
The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive has a 6-1-0 record from eight starts, including a victory in a Champlain Stakes division and an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold final. With the lion's share of the purse, the trotting miss pushed her earnings to $233,690 for owners Melvin Hartman, HerbLiverman and David McDuffee. Bee A Magician paid $2.70 to win.
The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the $435,000 Peaceful Way final, set for Saturday, Sept. 15, part of the Canadian Trotting Classic undercard.
FIELD FOR THE $435,000 PEACEFUL WAY FINAL
2. Bee A Magician
3. Shared Past
4. To Dream On
6. Online Exclusive
7. Antsy Dancey
8. Lady Dynamite
9. Handover Belle
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