EXCITING pacer Like Clockwork maintained his perfect record with a stylish victory in last night’s $83,300 Keystone Classic at The Meadows.
Like Clockwork took the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championship on the front end, but winning driver Mike Wilder indicated he was hoping to chase a helmet with the son of Ponder this time around.
“I wanted to race him out of a hole,” Wilder said. “I’ve been putting him on the lead because it’s just worked out that way. He stepped up to the plate every time. But he’s tremendous out of a hole. He just loves a target.”
Like Clockwork was dropped in fourth, followed live cover and then poured it on late to score in a career-best 1:52.2.
Early leader Ideal Flip was second, with Iluvtomakemoney third.
Angela Porfilio trains Like Clockwork for owner-breeder Birnam Wood Farms, with the youngster unbeaten from six starts.
Wilder noted that Like Clockwork has several stakes remaining, including the Breeders’ Crown.
“I’m not saying he’s that kind of horse, but he sure hasn’t shown me he’s not, either,” Wilder said. “It might sound crazy, but if they would go a 1:21 (three-quarters), they would never get away from him. Who knows what he could do?”
- EVAN PATTAK