Not only did Another Amaretto and Lindys Jersey Boy each win a division of Tuesday's (Sept. 25) $93,200 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at The Meadows, but they also scored in the identical time of 1:54.1. That makes them joint holders of the new stakes record.
Another Amaretto moved first-over from fifth for Andy Miller and gobbled up the leaders, drawing off to score by 4 1/2 lengths over Pekoe Fashion. Scary Good rallied for show.
The time knocked a tick from the previous stakes mark set by Kirty Dream in 2010.
"The last time I drove him was at the Meadowlands, and they went a really huge mile,” Miller said. "When I got away fifth, I knew I'd have to come first-up to give him a shot. He felt really good today, so I moved him and he took off. If somebody had been getting to him, he'd have gone a little bit more.”
Richard Silverman trains the Andover Hall-Milestone Hanover gelding for Carl Sackheim and James Donahue.
About 30 minutes later, Lindys Jersey Boy worked out a comfortable pocket trip for Dave Palone, then brushed in the lane to nip Money On My Mind and Miller by a nose. Frost Bites K earned show.
"It was pretty much a no-brainer,” Palone said. "Andy's horse looked like the horse to beat, and I knew Andy would race him aggressively. So you just tag along, and if you get by, you get by. It took him every inch of the stretch to get there.”
Frank Antonacci conditions Lindys Jersey Boy, a son of Cantab Hall-Ivory Lindy who extended his career bankroll to $152,153, for KR Breeding LLC. (The Meadows)