The Campbell brothers -- driver John and trainer Jim --continued their hot hand with Gallie Bythe Beach blasting to a 1:50.3 victory in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for juvenile pacing fillies. Gallie Bythe Beach a daughter of past Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria took control of the race with an alert leave and never looked back.
Soaring on the inside late, Allstar Rating won the second Breeders Crown elim for 2-year-old filly pacers. In the charge down the stretch, Yannick Gingras found room to get by 1-9 choice Precocious Beauty for the win in 1:50.1, a world record for frosh-filly pacers, breaking the record set only a few races back by Gallie Bythe Beach in the division's first elim.
After Gallie Bythe Beach's win, driver John Campbell said of his winning strategy, "This is a speed track and I wanted to be in front.
Campbell let the other drivers know from the get-go that he meant business forcing outside leavers Southwind Silence, Ali Blue and Beach Body to take seats in behind Gallie Bythe Beach during the :26.1 opening quarter.
Odds-on favorite Shes Da Bomb and driver Jody Jamieson couldn’t match speed with the leavers and got away fifth despite starting from the pole position. Jamieson was still sitting looking for cover as Gallie Byethe Beach made the half in :54.2.
Shes Da Bomb advanced slowly and eventually was able to flush Ali Blue and Yannick Gingras to attack without cover.
Campbell was still a clear leader heading into the stretch while continuing the torrid clip. His filly responded to urging as Southwind Silence and driver Matt Kakaley took to the passing lane to take a shot. The two fillies last met up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 15 with Southwind Silence winning that race. Gallie Bythe Beach showed more determination this time around keeping her rival at bay and holding safe by a head on the wire.
Beach Body finished third with Ali Blue also advancing to the final.
Gallie Byethe Beach was bred and is owned by Julies Siegel’s Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pa.
The 1:50.3 effort equaled the world mark set by Economy Terror.
In the second elim, Allstar Rating, the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, left off the gate along with Precocious Beauty and Act Now. Allstar Rating was in the lead to the first quarter in :26.3 but surrendered the top to Precocious Beauty, who came first over to take the top and guide the field to a :54 half.
Flying through the third quarter in 1:22.2, Precocious Beauty began to feel pressure. Uffizi Hanover was challenging to the third panel and Act Now was gaining, but on the inside Allstar Rating glided by Precocious Beauty and caught her by a head to upset the huge choice.
Allstar Rating, who paid $13.20, is now a winner of three of four starts in her career. The Burke Racing Stable owns her with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Brittany Farms and the Brian P. Monieson Revtrust bred Allstar Rating.
"She's really progressed nicely and she has a world of ability,” said Gingras. "I was confidentbut I didn't know if I could beat Precocious Beauty; she's a special filly. But I like [Allstar Rating]. She's made only five starts and went a mile in (1):50 and I think she's going to go up from here.”
Act Now was third and Uffizi Hanover was fourth to earn spots in next week's final.