09/26/2013 9:42PM

Red Mile: Designed To Be sets world record for 2-year-old filly trotters


It would not be a night of racing without a world record and Designed To Be did not disappoint. The daughter of Donato Hanover posted a 1:52 2/5 clocking in the third division of the $96,200 Bluegrass at The Red Mile on Thursday night.

The freaky fast Cooler Schooner did the early work as Designed To Be followed from the pocket ahead of Tweet Me and Shake It Cerry. Following sparkling splits of 27 2/5 and 54 3/5, Designed To Be began to edge off the pylons well before the third call.

With three quarters on the board in 1:24 1/5, the lead by Cooler Schooner looked shaky and indeed it was in the stretch. Designed To Be surged past midway down the lane and gamely held off a poised Shake It Cerry for the victory.

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“She’s been well in hand in every race she’s had,” said driver Andy Miller, who handles the filly along wife his wife and trainer, Julie. “She is very versatile. We’ve been taking our time with her all along and it is starting to pay off.”

Owned by Al Libfield and Marvin Katz, Designed To Be returned $5.80 to win. Her next start remains undecided.

“We’ll talk it over,” said Katz. “We love racing here but what’s best for the filly is the most important thing.”

Heaven’s Door was the hot favorite in the first division of the $95,200 Bluegrass for 2-year-old filly trotters, but it was Struck By Lindy who brought her best game to the track.

Heaven’s Door set strong fractions of 28 3/5, 56 1/5 and 1:25 with virtually no company from the dull outer tier led by Anonyme Hanover. At the head of the stretch, Struck By Lindy popped off the cones and scooted on past Heaven’s Door with complete ease to post the victory in 1:53 1/5.

“She got away good and got a good trip,” said driver David Miller. “She’s been up against some really good fillies lately.”

Struck By Lindy paid $7.80 to win for owners Melvin Hartman, R A W Equine and Adam Victor and Son Stable LLC.

The complexion of the second $96,200 Bluegrass changed right at the start when the favored Lifetime Pursuit made a break behind the gate.

Cee Bee Yes made her way to the front with a 28 3/5 opening quarter but gave way to Chivaree Hanover just before the second call in 57 1/5. Others tried to mount a charge during the third quarter but failed to maintain their gait.

Chivaree Hanover cruised past three quarters in 1:28 and simply sprinted away from her foes while well in hand. She soundly defeated Cee Bee Yes in 1:56 3/5 for the father-son team of trainer/owner Gregg McNair and driver Doug McNair.

“I was just a little careful with her on the first turn,” said Doug McNair. “I just didn’t want to double her up and she took care of the rest from there.”

Chivaree Hanover returned $10.60 to win.