To Dream On wins Kentucky Filly Futurity
October 06, 2013
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To Dream On, fifth in the first heat of Sunday afternoon's $293,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity at The Red Mile, came back in the decisive second heat for trainer-driver Jimmy Takter to win in 1:52.1 to take home the trophy for owners Marvin Katz, Al Lebfeld and Sam Goldband. In trotting her career best, the 2012 Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year made the final start of her career.
"Jimmy and I just looked at each other and track and we agreed right on the racetrack to retire her," said co-owner Katz. "We had never spoken about it and we said, let's stop."
In the $205,100 second heat, Takter moved To Dream On into second-over position around the final turn after Shared Past and driver Yannick Gingras had set fast fractions of :26.4, :54.2 and 1:23. Takter was following the first-over cover of the Corey Callahan-driven Ma Chere Hall, who had won the first $87,900 division. Ma Chere Hall took a short lead turning for home but To Dream On and Takter trotted on by for the victory. Shared Past held for third.
After an eight-win-in-nine-starts freshman season, To Dream On had just one win in 11 starts this year heading into Sunday's Filly Futurity.
"You knew she was super talented, we were hoping to have the kind of year where we and Bee A Magician would kind of hook up, but it didn't play out that way for us," added Katz. "But this is a great way for her to finish her career."
To Dream On is a daughter of Credit Winner out of the Conway Hall mare Satin Pillows, a half sister to two-time divisional champion Pampered Princess. She was a $200,000 yearling purchase, with returns now of nearly $1 million.
Ma Chere Hall won the first $87,900 heat in 1:52.4 over a "good" racetrack for driver Corey Callahan.
Callahan had Ma Chere Hall on top early, letting Ron Pierce and Frau Blucher clear to the front past the :56.1 half. Callahan angled Ma Chere Hall of the pylons from second in midstretch and easily moved past Frau Blucher for the victory. Classic Martine and Tim Tetrick closed for second, with Mistery Woman and David Miller third. Frau Blucher settled for fourth.
The win was the fifth straight for Ma Chere Hall--all at The Red Mile. The streak includes a sweep of the Kentucky Sires Stakes, including the $250,000 final. An $18,000 yearling purchase, the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe is owned by Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park Inc. and breeder Walnut Hall Ltd. Jonas Czernyson is the trainer.