Weeper and Fancy Desire came within one-fifth of a second of the divisional world record of I Luv The Nitelife in winning their respective $20,000 eliminations for the $300,000 James Lynch Pace for sophomore fillies Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in 1:49, while Cinamony went the mile of her life to upset last year's Breeders Crown champion Uffizi Hanover in 1:50.3 in the third cut.
The Real Desire filly Fancy Desire, dismissed at 8-1, used the "Pocono-patented George Nap quarter move,” going to the front past the 26.1 opener for driver George Napolitano Jr., and was in control thereafter, putting up middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.2 en route to a 4 ½ length victory over 167-1 shot My Lady Day, with pocket horse Southwind Silence holding for the show and a Lynch final spot. Fancy Desire is trained by Kevin Carr for owner Robert Di Nozzi of New York.
In the first Lynch cut, trainer Kelly O'Donnell had the Allamerican Native filly Weeper sharp despite having had only one race in the last 29 days, rallying from the pocket for driver Dave Palone to catch the rocketing pacesetter Gallie Bythe Beach (26.1, 54, 1:21) late by a half-length, with Sayitall BB holding for show after a raw journey. Weeper is owned by Joe and JoAnn Thomson's Bay Pond Racing Stable of Pennsylvania.
Cinamony tasted Grand Circuit victory for the first time as she overcame a first-over trip to defeat Uffizi Hanover while taking a new mark. A daughter of Art Official trained by Alexander Rice Jr. for his father Alexander Sr. and Michael Horn, Cinamony launched her raw bid in midrace after Uffizi Hanover was parked past the 26.2 quarter and had secured the lead before the :54.4 half, ranged up to the 3-5 chalk by the 1:23 three-quarters, then drew off to a 2 1/4 length victory, with Also Encouraging saving the show and a ticket to the Lynch Final. (PHHA/Mohegan Sun at Pocono)