Deweycheatumnhowe coasts in Transylvania
September 27, 2008
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The odds-on favorite Deweycheatumnhowe won the third $107,200 division of the Transylvania for 3-year-old colt trotters Saturday afternoon at The Red Mile, winning in a wrapped-up 1:52.2 for trainer, driver and co-owner Ray Schnittker.
Schnittker left with Dewey but yielded the lead to Velocity Hall and David Miller right before the quarter was reached in :26.4. Schnittker tipped Dewey back to the outside at the three-eighths and easily moved back to the top, going on to a :55.3 half and 1:24.2 three quarters.
Trotting effortlessly down The Red Mile stretch to applause from the appreciative crowd, Deweycheatumnhowe won by open lengths over Broadway Marquis and Brian Sears, with Stand Guard third for Andrew McCarthy.
The win was Dewey\'s ninth of the year in 10 starts amd 19th in 20 overall attempts. The winner of this year\'s Hambletonian, World Trotting Derby, Stanley Dancer Memorial and Canadian Trotting Classic, Dewey now heads into the Oct. 4 Kentucky Futurity as the overwhelming favorite.
Schnittker shares ownership of the winner of more than $2.77 million with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and the Deweycheatumnhowe Stable.
Spam Spade won the first $106,200 division of the Transylvania with a career-best 1:53.3 effort for driver and owner Andy Miller. The gelded son of Dream Vacation outgamed a determined Holiday Credit and Ron Pierce down the stretch for the hard-fought victory, his fifth in 11 starts this year. Pine After Pine and David Miller finished third.
The recent winner of the $85,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final at Freehold, Sam Spade will now have a week off as he is not eligible to the Oct. 4 Kentucky Futurity, and Andy Miller said afterward he does not plan to pay the supplemental enty fee. Saturday\'s win sent Spam Spade\'s seasonal earnings past the $142,000 mark.
John Campbell moved Celebrity Secret from fourth to first shortly past the opening :27.2 quarter set by the Ray Schnittker-driven Make It Happen and led the rest of the distance to win the second $106,200 Translvania split in 1:53.
Celebrity Secret was able to separate from his peers down the stretch to gain the career-best victory, with Make It Happen gamely fending off Voila American and David Miller for runner-up honors.
A son of Yankee Glide, Celebrity Secret is owned by Celebrity Farms and Celebrity Secret Stable and trained by Staffan Lind. The win was his fifth of the year in 14 starts, increasing his seasonal earnings to more than $664,000. The winner of the $175,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final at the Meadowlands, Celebrity Secret also finished fourth in the $1.5 million Hambletonian and was second in the $565,000 World Trotting Derby, the $500,00 Colonial and the $350,000 Stanley Dancer Memorial.