Bettor's Up, Idyllic Beach fastest in PASS
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Odds-on favorites Agent Q, Bettor's Up, and Idyllic Beach were all victorious in their third-round preliminary divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and with two wins and a second each in the three Sires prelims to date, each has all but qualified for their $350,000 Sire Stakes Championship, on September 11 at Harrah's.
Agent Q was first to take to the track, and the Western Terror filly showed no ill effects from being scratched sick on Adios Day, making every pole a winning one while equaling her mark of 1:53.3, with David Miller at the lines. The Aaron Lambert-trained filly showed her quality with back fractions of 54.4 – 27.1, winning by 2½ lengths for owners Martin Scharf, William Rochetti Jr., Tanya Rochetti, and Robert Muscara.
The Bettor's Delight miss Bettor's Up, guided by Tim Tetrick for the first time, stalked pacesetting Miss Jones for much of their division, then rallied from the pocket into a 27.1 kicker to lower her mark a full second with a 1½-length tally over the frontstepper in 1:52.3. Bettor's Up has now won two straight and four of her five career starts for trainer Scott McEneny and owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny.
Owner Marvin Katz, who the day before won the Hambletonian Oaks and the Doherty Final with full sisters All The Time and Ariana G and a Hambletonian elimination with Bar Hopping, completed a sensational weekend when a filly he co-owns, Idyllic Beach, quarter-moved to command then stepped home in 56 – 27.4 to reduce her mark to 1:52.3. The impeccably-bred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere – Idyllic was guided by Yannick Gingras to a 2¾-length victory for owners Katz, Christina Takter (who is also a co-owner of Bar Hopping), John Fielding, and Brixton Medical Inc. and trainer Jimmy Takter (conditioner of all three of Katz's Saturday winners).
After this third Sire Stake 2PF prelim, an unofficial tallying of the eight highest pointwinners shows the three winners on Sunday tied as noted on top with 80 points (35-25-15-10-8-5-4-2-1), followed by Gigi From Fiji (65), Someomensomewhere (60), Somesleazetoplease and Watch What You Say (tied at 55), and Keystone Rampage (50). The group's final preliminary will be August 30 at The Meadows.
FINISHING LINES – Monday night seven divisions of Stallion Series 2PFs will go behind the gate for their third preliminary. Like their Sire Stakes counterparts, no filly took down wins in both early prelims, but with eleven one-time winners entered, the scramble for first-money – and pecking-order rights leading up to their $40,000 Championship at Pocono on Monday, September 12 – should ensure top racing action.
Again, there are three $50,000 Invitationals – an open pace, an open trot, and a filly and mare pace -- scheduled for Super Stakes Saturday night, August 20, and anyone interested in racing in one or more of these events should contact Pocono Director of Racing Rick Kane at 570 831 2126 immediately.