TORONTO, November 12 – Six-year-old Il Sogno Dream captured the $34,000 Preferred Trot Saturday night in 1:51.2, narrowly missing the track record of 1:51.1.
The Victor Puddy trainee continues to add to his impressive racing career, which includes more than $1.1 million in career earnings.
Il Sogno Dream and driver Jonathan Drury got away third, while a sharp opening-quarter of :26.1 was set by Major Athens.
Drury would get the veteran moving nearing the half and was up along side the leader at the half in :55. Clearing to command entering the far turn, Il Sogno Dream reached three-quarters in 1:23.2 leading by three-parts of a length.
Odds On Amethyst had followed Il Sogno Dream and worked away on his outside, but couldn’t cut into his lead, as Il Sogno Dream won by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.2.
Il Sogno Dream’s mile was just a fifth of a second off the track record set by Mr Muscleman in 2005.
Saturday’s victory was the sixth of 2017 and 25th overall for Il Sogno Dream, who is owned by Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher.
The mile of 1:51.2 is a season’s best for the son of Cantab Hall, but a full-second off his career mark of 1:50.2 set in 2015 at The Red Mile.
Il Sogno Dream paid $3.20 to win. REPLAY.
Saturday’s card also featured a pair of pacing Preferreds.
Four-year-old Easy Lover Hanover and driver Doug McNair powered by rivals in the lane to win the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.3.
The Ben Wallace trainee got away fourth and sat there until angling out onto cover approaching three-quarters. Easy Lover Hanover tipped off the back of Nirvana Seelster at the head of the lane and charged by for his fifth victory of the season.
Ellis Park finished second, while Fine Diamond was third.
Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover went over $500,000 in career earnings with his 21st win Saturday. The Wallace trainee has made over $147,000 this season.
Easy Lover Hanover paid $3.10 to win. REPLAY.
The $30,000 Mares Preferred saw Ms Mac N Cheese win in 1:52.1 to pick up her fourth win in her last five outings.
Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese held a narrow lead at the opening-quarter in :27.2. Witch Dali cleared to the lead in the first turn and Ms Mac N Cheese proceeded to enjoy a two-hole ride.
Nothing would change until the stretch, where Ms Mac N Cheese was able to battle by her stablemate and get up to win by three-quarters of a length.
Witch Dali held second, while Lyons River Pride was third.
Trained by Richard Moreau for owner Ratchford Stable, Ms Mac N Cheese has come on strong in recent weeks and Saturday was her fifth win of the season (22nd overall). The five-year-old pushed her career earnings to over $670,000 with the score.
Ms Mac N Cheese paid $13.70 to win. REPLAY.
Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m.