'Right' Stuff In Keystone Classic

Published: September 11, 2017 07:47 pm EDT

I Know My Rights grabbed the lead at the top of the lane, then squandered most of it by running in late. Though his antics turned the finish into an adventure, I Know My Rights scored in 1:56, fastest mile in Monday’s $104,700 Keystone Classic at The Meadows.

The event for freshman colt and gelding trotters was contested over four divisions, with Toast Of Lindy, Rentier and Moosonee taking the other splits.

A solid third in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series championship, I Know My Rights moved from third at the three-quarters for Tyler Buter and passed the leader, Max’s Beast, out of the final turn. In deep stretch, however, the Muscle Massive-Celebrity Sweedie gelding veered inward, allowing Quality Kemp to gain in the Lightning Lane. I Know My Rights downed him by a nose, with Johny Victory third.

“He was kicking into sixth gear and running in a little bit, and I didn’t want to check him,” said Buter, who owns the colt with Lynette Buter and Gene Oldford Farms. “It was enough today. He has a long body and a big gait. Hopefully he grows a little more and gets a little faster.”

Todd Buter trains I Know My Rights.

Toast Of Lindy was coupled with Mississippi Storm, a powerful entry hammered down to 2-5. And they performed like heavy favourites, as Toast Of Lindy overtook Mississippi Storm to triumph by half a length in 1:56.1, vault over $100,000 in career earnings and give trainer Julie Miller an Exacta sweep. Rich And Miserable completed the ticket.

“He’s a nice horse,” said winning driver Andy Miller. “If he does a little growing, he’ll be an okay three-year-old, too.”

Andy Miller Stable, Lindy Racing Stable and GTY Stable own the son of Cantab Hall-Bellini Lindy, who finished third in the PA Sires Stake championship and will be pointed to a number of rich late-season stakes.

Rentier blew by the favourite, Im Your Captain, so easily that the brush surprised even winning driver Mike Wilder.

“I never drove him before, so I didn’t know what to expect,” Wilder said. “I hated to pull the pocket that early, but my horse felt really good. I’m glad I did pull him because he was just loaded with trot.”

Rentier prevailed in 1:57.3, 1-1/4 lengths better than the rallying Garnet, while Im Your Captain saved show. Austin Brubacker trains and owns the son of Explosive Matter-Race Judicata.

Tuesday’s card at The Meadows features an $86,494 Keystone Classic for two-year-old filly pacers as well as a pair of total-pool guarantees: a $30,000 Pick 5 guarantee (races 10-14) and a $5,000 Pick 4 guarantee (races 4-7). First post is 1:05 p.m.

(The Meadows)

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