Big efforts in PASS 2CP divisions Sunday
August 06, 2018
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The cream of the state-sired 2-year-old pacing crop contested three divisions of the second preliminary of their division's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Sunday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
In the first division Stonebridge Soul went to the top, but she was passed first by Treacherous Reign near the :27.4 quarter, then by Sylph Hannover, who went a big second quarter to grab the lead well before the :55.1 half. Sylph continued on a tear to the 1:22.3 three-quarters--a :54.4 middle half, but in the stretch the Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover miss Treacherous Reign was able to pass the pacesetter to stop the clock in 1:51.1, a half-length better than Sylph Hanover, with a flying Sweeter Lulu another 1 ¼ lengths back in third.
That 1:51.1 was significant in several respects. It was a lifetime mark for the winner, now two-for-three in her career; it set a season's record for the division on five-eighths mile tracks; and it tied her as fastest baby filly overall with three fillies who went that fast on bigger tracks (Tellitsassymae, Key West, and Glorious Virgin). Andrew McCarthy handled the speedy miss for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Dana Parham.
The second division featured She's Allright, who won a Sires Stakes at the start of her three-for-three beginning to her career, but her fortune did not carry on this night despite 1-5 favoritism. She's Allright moved to the lead in front of the stands after a :27.3 quarter and was able to stroll to the half in :58.1, but then she really had to turn on the jets as Blue Ivy made a big move in the :27.1 backside (1:25.2 three-quarters) and into the turn, and when dueling with Blue Ivy She's Allright made a mid-turn break.
Blue Ivy thus had a two-length lead headstretch, but the A Rocknroll Dance–Philadelphia miss Rockin Philly, who was used in tucking third early, moved outside nearing the top of the lane and had a huge late kick, winning in 1:53.2, 4¼ lengths ahead of railshooting 60-1 shot Sweet Lucy Lou, with Blue Ivy third. Driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., who had teamed at Philly earlier in the day to take a 2PC Sire Stakes division with Crimson And Chrome, were the guiding forces behind the winner, who took a new mark for owners CC Racing LLC and Jo-Ann Looney-King.
The third section was a showdown of unbeatens and previous PaSS winners, Warrawee Ubeaut (two-for-two) and Bestseller Hanover (three-for-three). Bestseller Hanover made the lead at the three-sixteenths en route to a :27 opener, but Warrawee Ubeaut was underway soon after that point to command just past the three-eighths, getting the middle clockings in :56.2 and 1:24.3.
Bestseller Hanover had stayed tight in the pocket, came out in the lane, and paced home well, but Warrawee Ubeaut had a :27.3 last quarter in her to equal to her lifetime mark of 1:52.1, with Bestseller Hanover second, a length back, and Izzy Hanover another three-quarters of a length back in third. Yannick Gingras and Ron Burke are the team behind Warrawee Ubeaut, with the Sweet Lou daughter owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phil Collura, J&T Silva– Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. (Pocono/PHHA)