Somestarsomewhere became the first star of the Breeders Crown elimination Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs setting a world record of 1:49 4/5 in the first of three $25,000 eliminations for juvenile pacing colts.
At the outset both Sometimes Said and Somestarsomewhere left alertly from the outside post positions with Sometimes Said cutting the quarter in :26 3/5 before yielding willingly to Somestarsomewhere past that station.
Yannick Gingras was able to back down the pace with Somestarsomewhere cutting the half in :55 1/5 before encountering pressure. Journeyman and Mike Lachance picked up the pace coming up without cover and forcing the pace with Gingras sitting comfortably in the bike through three quarters in 1:21 4/5.
In the stretch Journeyman weakened but Sometimes Said, a 22-1 shot from the red hot Jim Campbell stable came up the passing lane to challenge, only to fall a half-length shy of the winner. Odds-on favorite So Surreal followed third over cover and rallied wide in the stretch to be gaining on leaders but could do no better than third.
Somestarsomewhere returned $6.80 as the second choice while winning for the fourth time this season for trainer Ron Burke. Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, M. Yanek and L. Karr own the colt by Somebeachsomewhere.
Somestarsomewhere eclipsed the world record set earlier this year by He’s Watching at Tioga Downs by a fifth of a second.
"In this division there was no slouches,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. "There were a couple of good horses in here. I took all the pressure, double moved him to the front and took some big pressure on the backstretch and he held on pretty gamely.”