Safe From Terror best in Keystone Classic 3FP
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"She paced strong into the stretch,” Merriman said, "but when I pulled the plugs, she actually kind of sat down. She maybe didn't want me to pull them.”
Somewhere Sweet downed Angel Or Terror by a length while Kays Dragon Lady earned show. Brian Brown conditions the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Sweet Work Of Art, who soared over $200,000 in lifetime earnings, for Miller's Stable.
Kelsey's Keepsake and Smokinmombo each took a division of Monday's companion feature, a $91,800 Keystone Classic for sophomore filly trotters.
Kelsey's Keepsake was fourth down the backside when Joe Bongiorno sent her after the leader, Murderers Row. Despite competing off a sickness scratch, she blew by and drew off to win by 5 lengths in 1:55.2 for trainer Robert Bongiorno and owner Carly Roman. Avalon Hall was second with Kirsi Hanover third.
"First over is her best game,” Joe Bongiorno said. "We knew she had this race coming up, and once she scoped a little sick after she trained, we wanted to scratch her, get her healthy and get her ready for the stake.”
Smokinmombo hadn't won since Aug. 20, but she quarter-poled to the top for Merriman and scored in 1:55.3, 2 lengths better than the pocket-sitting Matter Hatter. Global Ice completed the ticket.
"She got a little rough on me in the Hambletonian Oaks and a few starts after that,” said Chris Beaver, who trains the daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo and owns with Synerco Ventures and James Gallagher. "I think it's straightened out, but she's not great on a big racetrack. She'll go to a couple stakes at Hoosier Park.”
In the $24,800 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Better Caviar took advantage of a backside shootout between Tamarind and Monte Cristo Spur and zipped by in the stretch to win in 1:55.1 for trainer/driver David Wade. Sixteen Mikes rallied for second, a neck back, while Monte Cristo Spur saved show. Gerald Brittingham, Kelley Rogers, William Peel III and Wade own the 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar-Better Credit, who now boasts $162,485 in career earnings. (The Meadows)