You Ato Dream Shatters Stakes Record

You Ato Dream caught a sloppy track and a field somewhat less than the elite bunch she’s been facing. But none of that stopped her as she cruised to a stakes record 1:52.2 in Friday's $58,150 Keystone Classic for three-year-old filly trotters at The Meadows.

The time shattered the previous record of 1:53.3 established by Classic Martine in 2013. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Dream Child soared over $500,000 in career earnings for owners William Richardson, George Romanoff, Martin Garey and Jeff Gregory, who also is her trainer/driver.

Gregory said You Ato Dream, runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, was unusually keyed up during the mile.

“For some reason I had a little trouble getting her to relax on the front; she just kept rolling,” Gregory said. “She wasn’t out of control, but she wasn’t relaxing like she normally does. I don’t know if it was the mud or what, but she can definitely go.”

Instead of tiring late, though, she easily turned back the challenge of the pocket-sitting Evening Stroll and defeated her by four lengths. Gold Stones earned show.

Gregory indicated You Ato Dream will race next in Grand Circuit action at the Red Mile.

Goo Doo Doll took the stakes’ other division with a powerful uncovered move that carried her to victory in 1:55.2 for Aaron Merriman, trainer Edwin Gannon Jr. and owner Frank Canzone. Sister Christina and Frankly My Dear completed the ticket.

Friday’s co-feature, the $83,700 Keystone Classic for three-year-old male pacers, was a showcase for Ronnie Wrenn Jr., who swept the event behind Lous Pearlman and Chase H Hanover.

The victory by Lous Pearlman, the 3-5 favourite, was no surprise, as it followed his 1:49.4 triumph in the PA Sire Stakes final. In the Keystone Classic, the son of Sweet Lou-Lucys Pearl was just about push-button for Wrenn, quarter-poling to the top and easily defeating his stablemate, Emblaze Hanover, by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.4. Early leader Mysweetboymax finished third.

“Since he added Lasix, he’s been really good,” Wrenn said. “I expect him to be really sharp next week in the Jug. He’s good gaited and handles the turns well, so I think the half-mile track will be no problem for him.”

Ron Burke trains Lous Pearlman, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $444,586, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Elizabeth Novak and Howard Taylor.

Wrenn credits the winning performance of Chase H Hanover to the bridle change implemented by trainer Scott Cox.

“Scott closed him back up, and he raced a lot better,” Wrenn said. “He had a lot more coming home.”

Although stretched out by Carbine while trying for the early lead, Chase H Hanover prevailed in 1:50.1, a length better than His Beats Hanover, with Carbine third. The Captaintreacherous-Calgary Hanover now has banked $451,350 for owners Cox and Jason Ash.

Wrenn finished the 13-race card with four wins, including three for Burke.

Friday’s Super Hi-5, fueled by a carryover of nearly $80,000 and a mandatory payout, attracted a pool of $333,514.41. Multiple winning ticket-holders enjoyed a return of $2,004.46.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Tuesday. First-race post time is 12:45 p.m.

(Meadows Standardbred Owners Association)