07/15/2017 4:34PM

The Meadows: Whats The Word enters track's record book

Chris Gooden
Whats The Word picked up his first career stakes victory and did so in record fashion

Whats The Word broke the stakes record of 1:56 when he claimed the first of four $42,488 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes splits for 2-year-old colt trotters on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows in 1:55 2/5.

Racing in the first division, Whats The Word came first-over out of third past the 57 3/5 half, then briefly dropped back into the pocket behind Explosive Lindy (Andrew McCarthy) past the 1:26 4/5 three-quarters when Spee Club (Aaron Merriman) retreated out of the pocket.  Whats The Word would be guided back to the outside on the turn, and then he powered past a badly bearing-in Explosive Lindy in the lane.  From there Whats The Word poured it on, going on to defeat Explosive Lindy by 7 1/4 lengths, with Can't Afford It (Marcus Miller) up for third.  There was an inquiry into Explosive Lindy's actions in the stretch, but it was determined there were no violations.

The 1:55 2/5 clocking lowered the previous record that had belonged to Stormin Normand (2011) and Snowstorm Hanover (2016).

“He wanted to go; he’s a game colt,” Miller said. “In the first turn, I got a little worried when I kind of ran up on Aaron Merriman’s back. After that, he was two fingers, absolutely perfect.”

Whats The Word, a Donato Hanover colt, is trained by Staffan Lind for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor.  Whats The Word, an $18,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, has won three times from four starts, and he has now earned $35,744.  Bred by Fred Hertrich, Whats The Word is out of the Striking Sahbra mare Your Word Is Good, a half-sister to the likes of Good Sound Advice (Kadabra, $319,427).  The 4-5 favorite, Whats The Word paid $3.80 to win.

Trainer Jim Campbell annexed two of the other three sections with horses owned by Fashion Farms LLC.  Their first win came in the second flight when 18-1 shot Crystal Fashion (Tim Tetrick) rallied in the stretch after a second-over trip to prevail by half a length over 3-5 favorite Bautista (Yannick Gingras) in 1:57 1/5.  Garnet (Matt Kakaley), who led through panels of 29 1/5, 58 4/5, and 1:27 4/5, held third.

“He’s been trotting home well but looking around and being green,” said Tetrick. “I told Jim he was starting to be a racehorse, and he proved me right today. He’s getting more focused every time.”

The victorious gelding by Cantab Hall broke his maiden in his third attempt, and he has now banked $28,094.  Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Crystal Fashion was a $100,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale, and his dam Window Willow (Tagilabue) is a full sister to Lolique ($1,091,435).  Crystal Fashion returned $38.40 to win.

Muscle M Up was Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC.'s other winner, taking the final sire stakes test in 1:57 2/5.  Just like his stablemate, he worked out a second-over trip for driver David Miller, then got around Quality Kemp (Kakaley), who had provided the cover, to score by a neck in 1:57 1/5.  Maxus (Gingras), the 3-5 favorite, was in the pocket through fractions of 28 4/5, 59, and 1:28 1/5, and came through the passing lane to take third.

Fashion Farms LLC. also bred Muscle M Up, a Muscle Hill colt who is perfect in two tries to go with $27,744 in earnings.  He is the first foal out of Fashion Athena (Broadway Hall), who won multiple stakes and $308,290 in her career.  The 7-2 second choice, Muscle M Up paid $9.40 to win.

Lawmaker (Anthony MacDonald) rounded out the stakes winners for the day, bagging the third grouping in 1:56.  He led at the 28 4/5 front quarter, then yielded to 4-5 favorite You Know You Do (Gingras) before the 57 4/5 half.  You Know You Do would go on to hit three-quarters in 1:27 3/5, but MacDonald angled his charge back to the outside in the lane, and he would go by the public choice on his way to a 2 1/4 length tally.  Toast Of Lindy (Andy Miller) collected third.

“He’s never really been as good on the front end as he is following,” MacDonald said. “It would take a good horse to out-trot him on the end of a mile when he’s been following. You can drive him like an older horse. He moves so fast. When you call on him, he’s all business. He switches gears quickly for a 2-year-old trotter.”

Andrew Harris trains Lawmaker, a colt by Muscle Massive, for Thestable Lawmaker Group.  Lawmaker made his first appearance in the winner's circle in his second attempt, and he has now put away $28,744.  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 6-1 third choice and returned $14.80 to win.

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--