05/13/2017 3:50PM

The Meadows: Fine Tuned Lady picks up where she left off in Pennsylvania

Chris Gooden
Fine Tuned Lady has only finished outside the top two once in 13 lifetime starts

Fine Tuned Lady, the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion 2-year-old trotting filly last year, began her defense of that crown with a 1:54 tally in the last of four divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows.

Driven by Corey Callahan, Fine Tuned Lady was in the lead through stations of 27 4/5, 57, and 1:25 3/5 in the $37,563 contest, and she kept a first-over try from Future Secured (Ake Svanstedt) up the backstretch.  In the stretch Future Secured's bid faded, but Fine Tuned Lady had another challenge to deal with from a passing lane-attacking Thats All Moni (Tim Tetrick).  Fine Tuned Lady proved better on this day, though, winning by three-quarters of a length.  Future Secured would wind up third.

“She did that on her own,” said Tyler Butenschoen, assistant to winning trainer John Butenschoen. “She was excited and happy to be back. She’s maybe a little bigger, maybe a little more mature. She grew up the way you want to see one grow up.”

The winner is a Cantab Hall filly owned by William Wiswell and M And L Of Delaware Inc.  Fine Tuned Lady, who qualified three times in preparation for her 2017 debut, has now won seven times from 13 starts and has earned $457,121.  The 8-5 second choice behind Thats All Moni, Fine Tuned Lady paid $5.20 to win.  In addition to her success in the Pennsylvania program last year, Fine Tuned Lady also won against open company in the $250,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management at Hoosier Park and in the $148,700 Matron at Dover Downs.

Treviso, another multiple-time stakes winner in 2016, checked in right behind Fine Tuned Lady in the time column, taking her $37,563 flight in 1:54 1/5.  Steered by trainer Charlie Norris, Treviso went straight to the point from the outside post eight and clicked off panels of 28 3/5, 57 2/5, and 1:26 1/5.  Sianna Hanover (Yannick Gingras), who was the 3-5 favorite, came to the outside from the pocket in the lane, but there was no getting past Treviso, as she went on to win by half a length.  Hot Mess Hanover (David Miller) got third.

“She really came back good and trained down well,” Norris said. “I only got one qualifier in her, but you can train her about wherever you want to go. She just loves her work.”

Norris rigged the daughter of Muscle Massive-Valbonela with a nasal strip for the first time but didn’t see much benefit from it.

“She breathes hard, although she doesn’t make any noise,” he said. “It’s never affected her performance. I just thought we’d try something new. Any impact? Nah. Chances are she probably won’t wear it again.”

Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris own Treviso, a filly by Muscle Massive.  Treviso qualified once at Southern Oaks Training Center to get ready for her initial attempt of the campaign, which ended with her sixth win from 12 trips behind the gate.  Treviso, who has put away $174,150, returned $8.60 to win after being sent off as the 3-1 second choice.

Back in the day's opening $37,163 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contest, it would be Crann Tara (Tim Tetrick) winning in 1:56 1/5.  She would come first-over out of fifth past the 58 second half, which was set by 6-5 choice Dangle Then Deke, then overhaul the favorite past the 1:27 3/5 three-quarters.  Crann Tara was clear into the stretch, and kept a late bid from Aight Hanover (Aaron Merriman) at bay to score by half a length.  The Erm (Norris) came in third.

Linda Toscano trains Crann Tara, a daughter of Donato Hanover, for owner W.J. Donovan.  Crann Tara, who was making her initial pari-mutuel appearance of the year, has five wins from 11 starts and $83,263 in the bank.  Dispatched as the 4-1 third choice, Crann Tara paid $10.20 to win.

The biggest upset of the four splits came in the $37,563 third section as 30-1 shot Cool Cates (Andrew McCarthy) charged three-wide from seventh at three-quarters to a half-length decision in 1:55 1/5.  Broadway Idole (David Miller), who took the lead past the 28 2/5 opening quarter, then went on to reach the half in 57 seconds and the three-quarters in 1:26 1/5, had to settle for second, and Vodka N Lindy (Brian Sears) checked in third after a first-over attempt.

“She’s got enough speed — her manners aren’t always great,” said McCarthy, “She’s a little quieter this year. They have a little more iron in her mouth, so I can hold her a little bit more. She was a little too hot as a 2-year-old. She’s starting to figure it out. If she keeps behaving herself, I think she’ll go places.”

Cool Cates, a daughter of Yankee Glide, is trained by Noel Daley for owner All Laid Out Stable.  Cool Cates, who qualified twice at the Meadowlands prior to today's victory, is now a three-time winner from nine lifetime starts, and she shows $76,634 in earnings.  She returned $64.00 to win.

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--