Somwherovrarainbow, voted the 2012 Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer of the Year, won the first race of her sophomore campaign Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, posting a 1:52.1 clocking in the second of four $61,868 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes divisions. Live Entertainment kicked off the quartet of contests with a 1:52.1 victory for her second win of the year.
Somwherovrarainbow, whose seven wins last year included the $600,000 Breeders Crown final and $160,650 Matron final, finished third in her 2013 debut in a Simpson split May 3 at the Meadowlands. On Thursday she avoided early disaster when interfered by a breaking horse at the start to win by a half-length over Offintothesunset.
Montrell Teague, the son of trainer and co-owner George Teague Jr., was in the sulky behind the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of the 2004 Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue. Somwherovrarainbow is owned by George Teague Jr. Inc., K&R Racing and Ted Gewertz.
Live Entertainment, a half sister to two-time divisional champion See You At Peelers, sat a two-hole trip for driver Yannick Gingras before edging past Champagne Tonight and Brett Miller late to win by three-quarters of a length.
Jimmy Takter trains Live Entertainment, a daughter of Real Artist. She is owned by breeder Christina Takter and John Fielding.
Bluegrass division winner Nikki Beach made her 2013 debut a winning one in the third PASS division as she was moved to the lead by driver Ron Pierce past the opening quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:52.2 victory. Finishing 1 1/2 lengths behind the betting favorite in second was the Gingras-driven Mistresstothestars.
A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Nikki Beach is trained by Tony Alagna for breeder-owner Perretti Farms.
The last PASS division went to Charisma Hanover, who remained undefeated in four starts this year with a 1:51.4 wire-to-wire effort for driver Yannick Gingras. Sweet Lady Jane finished 1 1/4 lengths behind in second.
A daughter of Dragon Again, Charisma Hanover increased her 2013 earnings to more than $87,000 with the win. The Ron Burke trainee also won the Courageous Lady on April 26 at Northfield Park. Charisma Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.