Three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were on tap on a beautiful Thursday afternoon (Aug. 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia, with each carrying a purse of just over $70,000.
The third and final division was stacked full of talent, led by Adios winner McWicked (McArdle-Western Sahara). As the wings closed, driver David Miller sent the race favorite immediately to the top, with Lyonssomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere-Miss Kitty Hanover) securing the pocket spot. After a quarter in :26, McWicked rated the second split in :28.3, before stepping on the gas pedal.
He faced mild first-over pressure from Toms Titan (Nuclear Breeze-Like My Mom) at the three-quarters. At the top of the stretch, pocket-sitting Lyonssomewhere lost all chance by making a break. McWicked went on to win by 4-1/4 lengths over Let's Drink On It (Art Official-Letmedowneasy), stopping the clock in 1:48.4. Toms Titan was third.
McWicked is owned by SSG Stables and trained by Casie Coleman.
The first division featured Adios runner-up Somewhere In LA (Somebeachsomewhere-West Of LA) and Hempt runner-up At Press Time (Western Terror-So Right). As the wings closed, At Press Time made his way to the top, while Somewhere In LA tucked in third, off a :27.2 first quarter. At the half, Somewhere In LA floated to the outside and was on even terms with the leader just past the three-quarter pole.
The stage was set for a stretch duel between the race favorites, but Somewhere In LA powerfully pulled away to win by three lengths in 1:50. At Press Time held second, while Adios Consolation winner Mattamerican (Allamerican Native-Mattadorable) finished third.
Somewhere in LA is owned by J&T Silva Stables, Deo Volente Farms and TLP Stables, trained by Jimmy Takter, and was driven by Brett Miller.
In the second division, the wagering public put their hopes behind North America Cup runner-up Tellitlikeitis. The son of Well Said-Kikikatie was coming off of a third in the Meadowlands Pace. However, the Jim Campbell trainee Sometimes Said had other ideas.
Sometimes Said, a son of Well Said-Lady Sometimes, came away fourth off the wings and maintained that position until the half. Driver Tim Tetrick then gave him his cue, as he grinded first-over to be within a length of the lead at the three-quarters. He went on to kick clear, putting away the pacesetter and eventual second-place finisher Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear), to win in 1:50.1. Tellitlikeitis, who elected to save ground, rallied up the cones for third. Sometimes Said is owned by Fashion Farms LLC.