World Record For Ontario Owned Designed To Be
Jun 18

Designed To Be exorcised some demons in a big way by winning a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs tonight, matching a world record in the process.

The race was one of two $98,100 Sire Stakes divisions held at Pocono for three-year-old trotting fillies.

The last time she was at Pocono, Designed To Be (Donato Hanover - Sheer Soul), trained by Julie Miller, broke stride as the heavy favourite in a Breeders Crown elimination race in October. This time around, in just her second start of the year following a Sire Stakes win at Harrah's Philadelphia in early May, the filly, an 8-5 second choice, had to face off with defending division champ Shake It Cerry.

Driver Brian Sears made the lead with Designed To Be on the front stretch and rebuffed the challenge of Shake It Cerry on the final turn. In the stretch, she trotted away from closing Lifetime Pursuit to win by two and three-quarter lengths with Shake It Cerry fading to third.

The winning time of 1:51.3 matched the world record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a five-eighths-mile track, previously set by Check Me Out at Pocono in 2012.

Longtime partners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz of Pickering and Toronto, Ontario respectively, bred and own Designed To Be who had a summary of 4-3-0 in eight starts last year at two for $286,000 in earnings.

Designed To Be is the second foal from a daughter of $430,000 winner Soulful Hanover by Balanced Image.

Trainer Julie Miller was able to claim a sweep of Sire Stakes action on the night, as her filly Take The Money (Donato Hanover - Repititions) took advantage of some racing luck to win her division in 1:52.4.

In that split, Cooler Schooner was the heavy favourite and was in command heading into the final turn, but she spun way out wide and lost too much ground to hit the board.

Take The Money, the 7-5 second choice with Dave Palone in the bike, inherited the lead from the pocket and toughed it out in the stretch to win by a length over Cantabs Fortune in 1:52.4. Tweet Me picked up the show.

Black Horse Racing of New Jersey owns the winner, a half-sister to $644,000 winner Money On My Mind. Her second dam, Echo Hanover ($304,000) is also a daughter of Balanced Image.
(files, Pocono)


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