09/06/2012 9:49PM

Mohawk: Valdonna lowers stakes record; To Dream On remains undefeated

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Valdonna scored in the $209,871 Simcoe at Mohawk

Valdonna delivered a new stakes records in the lone $209,871 Simcoe division for three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday night at Mohawk.

The Jimmy Takter trainee got under the wire in 1:52 4/5 with Dave Miller in the sulky.

While tempo-setter Bluff (Scott Zeron) put up fractions of :27 2/5 and :56 2/5, Valdonna sat patiently in fourth, but when the fillies entered the final turn, the 3-5 favourite was on the move. 

As soon as Bluff clocked the three-quarters in 1:24 4/5, Valdonna then took command and continued to draw away from the field with ease to score the three and a half length victory. A late-rallying Miss Paris (Rick Zeron) and Dream On Hanover (Randy Waples) finished second and third, respectively.

It was the first time Miller drove the filly and he took the advice that both Takter and owner Myron Bell of Brittany Farms gave him.

“They told me not to get in a big hurry with her, just kind of let her do it on her own and not to rush her,” said Miller. “She raced very well.”

Valdonna’s record is two-fifths of a second better than the previous record set in 2006 by the Brad Maxwell-trained Pure Ivory.

The daughter of Andover Hall-Valbonne has a lifetime record of 4-2-0 from 13 starts and career earnings of $253,987 for Brittany Farms.

Valdonna paid $3.40 to win.

To Dream On streaks to five in Peaceful Way elim

Also on the card, To Dream On kept her undefeated freshman record intact with a career-best equalling score in her $30,000 Peaceful Way elimination for two-year-old trotting fillies.

The Jimmy Takter trainee stopped the clock in 1:54, matching her own North American season’s-best record, which she set in the Merrie Annabelle final at The Meadowlands on August 4.

To Dream On and driver Dave Miller got away fifth behind Bethel Hanover (Randy Waples), who clocked the first quarter in :28, but the 1-9 favourite was quickly on the move into the backside.

To Dream On easily cleared to front and put up fractions of :57 and 1:25 4/5 en route to the three and a quarter length triumph.  Shared Past (Yannick Gingras) stayed for second and Antsy Dancey (Sylvain Filion) got up for third.

“I only had to pull (the ear plugs) once and that was in the Merrie Annabelle final,” offered Miller after the victory. “Tonight she was well in hand there so I felt no need to pull them.”

The daughter of Credit Winner-Satin Pillows has stashed away $221,332 in earnings for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.

To Dream On returned $2.30 to win.

In the other Peaceful Way elimination, Bee A Magician found the winner’s circle for the fourth consecutive time while lowering her lifetime mark to 1:54 3/5.

The Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman pupil settled on the rail in fourth while Zorgwijk Nova (Jody Jamieson) cut the opening panel in :29 1/5.  Into the backstretch, driver Rick Zeron and Bee A Magician launched a first-over attack and swiftly cleared to the front to clock the half in :58. 

The 1-5 favourite hit the three-quarters in 1:26 4/5 before unleashing a :27 4/5 final frame to score by two lengths over Zorgwijk Nova.  Handover Belle (Mike Lachance) got up for third.

“She has such a wonderful kick coming for home,” said Zeron from the winner’s circle. “It is very exhilarating, I guess, to move a two-year-old filly over like that and have that much speed coming for home.”

The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive has a 6-1-0 record from eight starts, including a victory in a Champlain Stakes division and an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final. With the lion’s share of the purse, the trotting miss pushed her earnings to $233,690 for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee.

Bee A Magician paid $2.70 to win.

- Edited release


Post Position Horse
1 Samartina
2 Bee A Magician
3 Shared Past
4 To Dream On
5 Massmanian Devil
6 Online Exclusive
7 Antsy Dancey
8 Lady Dynamite
9 Handover Belle
10 Zorgwijk Nova
AE Cardio Pump