07/21/2017 5:24PM

Harrah's Philadelphia: Track record effort by Met's Hall in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division


A track record 1:55 1/5 mile by Met's Hall highlighted Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old colt trotters on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia.

For A Dreamer (David Miller) was quick away from the rail in the $42,089 fourth and final section, but Met's Hall (Andy Miller) advanced on his outside and took control past the 28 2/5 first quarter.  Met's Hall would put the half on the board in 57 seconds and then braced for a first-over challenge from 2-5 choice Whats The Word (Brett Miller) as he moved up from fourth.  Whats The Word was just about a length behind Met's Hall at the 1:25 2/5 three-quarters, but then he broke stride, followed by For A Dreamer going off-stride in the pocket on the final turn.  That left Met's Hall on top by a few lengths over Canale Hanover (Anthony MacDonald), and Met's Hall would maintain his margin through the lane, winning by three lengths.  Canale Hanover was the runner-up and Whats The Word got back on gait to finish third.

Met's Hall is a Cantab Hall colt trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc.  Met's Hall, who was bred by Winbak Farm and sold for $132,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is now a perfect two-for-two in his career with earnings of $36,044.  Met's Hall is the third foal out of the Mutineer mare Met's Inn ($184,034).  Sent off as the 5-2 second choice, Met's Hall paid $7.40 to win.

Team Miller would also win with 18-1 Toast Of Lindy in the prior $41,689 split.  Taking advantage of an early break by 1-2 choice Muscle M Up (D. Miller), Toast Of Lindy took the lead beyond the 28 4/5 opening quarter, then got to the half unchallenged in 58 seconds.  Storming Mist (Jimmy Takter) moved first-over out of third past the half, and he got to within a head of Toast Of Lindy at the 1:26 3/5 three-quarters.  The top two contenders continued their battle around the far turn and into the stretch, but Toast Of Lindy would not give in, winning by a neck in 1:56 1/5.  Storming Mist had to settle for second and Captain Morgan (B. Miller) came in third.

Another colt by Cantab Hall, Toast Of Lindy is owned by Andy Miller Stable Inc., Lindy Racing Stable, and Gty Stable.  Toast Of Lindy, who broke his maiden in his third try and pushed his bankroll to $29,542, was also bred by Lindy Farms, and he would sell for $80,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.  Toast Of Lindy is the third foal out of the Credit Winner mare Bellini Lindy, a half-sister to the likes of Bacardi Lindy (S J's Photo, $207,326).  Toast Of Lindy returned $39.80 to win.

Back in the $41,689 opening flight, Final Dream (Ake Svanstedt) scored a 1:55 4/5 decision.  He was on point at the 28 1/5 first quarter, then yielded to favored Maxus (Yannick Gingras), who would go on to reach the half in 57 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:26 4/5.  Maxus continued to show the way around the final bend and into the lane, but Svanstedt guided Final Dream into the passing lane at that point, and he would go by the public choice to win by a head.  Fashionwoodchopper (Tim Tetrick) was the third-place finisher.

Final Dream, another winner for Cantab Hall, is trained by Svanstedt, who also co-owns with Joe Sbrocco and Lars Berg.  This was Final Dream's first lifetime win from two trips behind the gate, and he has now put away $24,243.  Final Dream, a Steiner Stock Farm-bred who fetched $45,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, is the second foal out of the Angus Hall mare Oh Sweet Baby ($655,089).  He was the 2-1 second choice and paid $6.00 to win.

Lawmaker (MacDonald) would pick up his second straight PASS triumph in the remaining $42,089 flight.  He led on the outside at the 28 4/5 opening quarter, and after clearing Crystal Fashion (Tetrick), he yawned through soft middle-half splits of 1:00 3/5 and 1:29 1/5.  Despite that crawling tempo, he was all-out to hold off the passing-lane attacking Crystal Fashion in the lane, tallying by a nose in 1:57 2/5.  Bautista (Gingras) was third after a first-over try.

Andrew Harris trains Lawmaker, a colt by Muscle Massive, for Thestable Lawmaker Group.  Lawmaker, bred by Pedigree Farm, made his second appearance in the winner's circle in his third attempt, and he has now earned $49,788.  Taken out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $20,000, Lawmaker is out of Pretty Amigo (Amigo Hall), a full sister to Friendly Amigo ($557,907).  Lawmaker was the 3-5 choice and returned $3.40 to win.