Production won his fifth consecutive race and posted the day’s fastest Pennsylvania Sire Stakes time on Friday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were five Sire Stakes divisions held for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the trot.
The star of the day was clearly Production, who left from post position #8 in his division. He sat back early before coasting by the leaders in the back stretch and trotting away to win in a romp. The winning time of 1:57:1 was more than a full second faster than the other winning stakes times. Dave Palone did the driving for trainer Kelly O’Donnell. Skad’s Winner was a distant 2nd and Dreamlandsbroadway got the show.
That makes 5 wins in a row and 6 of 7 lifetime for Production, the 1-2 race favorite. He now sits atop the Sire Stakes points standings in the 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings grouping.
Another colt making it 6 out of 7 wins in his brief career was Lear Jetta, who dominated his split with a gate-to-wire win in 1:58:2. Driver Tim Tetrick never had an anxious moment aboard the colt, who is trained by Robert Myers. Myers had driven Lear Jetta as well before handing the reins over to Tetrick, the nation’s leading driver. Pembroke Lane trailed Lear Jetta, the 3-5 shot, in 2nd while Dreamlandsespresso rallied for the show.
Tetrick also worked his magic later on with Bet On Broadway, who went gate-to-wire for a Sire Stakes win despite failing to hit the board in his previous three races. Bet On Broadway, trained by Randy Beeckman, won at 8-1 in 1:59:2. Manhattan finished 2nd and Yarborough Hanover was 3rd.
Driver Richard Stillings picked up the remaining two Sire Stakes wins. Lucky Jim picked up his maiden win in one division with Stillings aboard. The colt, a 6-1 shot, took the early lead and led all the way in 1:58:2. Charles Stillings is the trainer. Andover’s Son picked up the place and Andover America, the 2-5 favorite who was previously unbeaten in 4 races, rallied for 3rd after breaking stride early.
Stilling also won aboard First Pleasurelane, who survived when favorite Dauntless De Vie went on a break as he was making his move in the stretch. First Pleasurelane, who hails from the barn of Richard Gillock, paid off at 7-2 with his win in 2:00. Counsel managed 2nd while Dauntless De Vie had to settle for the show.
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action continues on Saturday afternoon at Mohegan Sun at Pocono downs with 4 divisions of the 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. (Pocono Downs)