Aracache, Won The West win Franklin elims
June 26, 2011
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A pair of hotly contested $50,000 eliminations for the fifth edition of the Ben Franklin free for all pace headlined the Sunday action at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, with Aracache Hanover and Won The West prevailing in their respective splits.
William Switala and James Martin's Aracache Hanover ($20.80) scored a mild upset in the first elimination, tracking a late battle between Blatantly Good (Tim Tetrick) and the odds-on favorite We Will See (Ron Pierce).
After Blatantly Good controlled a :55.1 half-mile, he faced a barrage of pressure from We Will See, and the two exchanged blows through a :26.2 third quarter (1:21.3 split time). Some three lengths in arrears entering the far turn, Brian Sears angled Aracache Hanover to the outside, rallying late to collar We Will See 100 yards from the post and continuing on to win by 1 1/4 lengths, in 1:49.1.
We Will See held second, while Ideal Matters (Dave Palone) and a one-paced Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) also advanced to the $500,000 final.
The second elimination saw Country Club Acres, the Strollin Stable and William Robinson's Won The West ($3.80) show incredible determination in the final yards to fend off a ferocious charge from defending champion Vintage Master (Daniel Dube).
After sitting pocket to Bettor Sweet (Brian Sears) past a :26.3 first quarter, David Miller brushed to the front with the triple millionaire Won The West, rating a fairly comfortable middle half before repelling the outside threat of Vintage Master to prevail by one-half length, also winning in 1:49.1.
Vintage Master was a driving second, with Bettor Sweet and Atochia (Gingras) completing the finalists from the second elimination.
As a testament to the quality of this year's Ben Franklin entrants, all 14 starters were clocked at 1:50 or faster.
The undercard saw Ted Gewertz's Whiskey Pete ($4.80) prevail over a late-charging Dial Or Nodial in the $70,000 Open Pace, scoring in 1:50.1 off a first-over trip in rein to Brian Sears. Sears led all drivers with four wins on the card. (Harrah's Chester)