09/16/2017 2:36PM

The Meadows: Like Clockwork stays undefeated with lifetime mark in Keystone Classic

Chris Gooden
Winning races so far has been "Like Clockwork" for the son of Ponder

Like Clockwork, the Pennsylvania Stallion Series champion in the 2-year-old colt pace division, is now six-for-six in his career after taking the second of two $41,650 Keystone Classic splits on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows in a career-best 1:52 2/5.

Ideal Flip (Dan Rawlings) took the field of six through fractions of 26 4/5, 56 1/5, and 1:24 1/5, turning away a stout first-over bid from Dew A Little Dance (Tony Hall) at three-quarters.  When Dew A Little Dance's bid stalled, Like Clockwork (Mike Wilder), the 6-5 favorite, went three-wide from second-over to engage Ideal Flip on the final turn, and Like Clockwork would take the lead in the upper stretch.  From there would go on to defeat Ideal Flip by a length and a quarter, with Iluvtomakemoney (Dave Palone) back in third.

Like Clockwork, a gelding by Ponder, is trained by Angela Porfilio for owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms.  Like Clockwork, who has banked $74,225 to go with his unblemished record, is the first foal out of the Mach Three mare Macharoundtheclock ($501,013) and returned $4.40 to win.

Back in the first section it was 1-9 public choice Wes Delight (Hall), the third-place finisher in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, delivering in 1:53 1/5.  He was on the point at the 27 2/5 opening quarter, the 57 second half, and the 1:25 2/5 three-quarters, then used a 27 4/5 final kicker to prevail by a length over Go West Go Fast (Palone).  Yupper (Rawlings) was the third-place finisher.

Trainer Mark Harder also co-owns Wes Delight, a colt by Bettor's Delight, with partners Rick Phillips and Deena Rachel Frost.  Wes Delight has won three times in his eight attempts, and he has now put away $106,552.  Wes Delight, who was bred by Winbak Farm and was a $55,000 acquisition at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, is out of the Western Hanover mare Maid West, making him a half-brother to Western Expression (Artsplace, $236,305) and a three-quarter brother to Little Michael B (Cam's Card Shark, $226,932).  He paid $2.10 to win.