Dorsoduro Hanover and Done Well both locked up berths in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings by winning their splits of Monday’s (Aug. 20) final preliminary leg, a $162,012 event known as the Tarport Effrat, at The Meadows. The $252,000 final is set for Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
The winner of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows, Dorsoduro Hanover entered the Tarport Effrat in second place in the PASS standings and so wasn’t under pressure to win. Nevertheless, he unveiled a new wrinkle. After a series of tough trips vying for the early lead, he ducked for Matt Kakaley, getting away last in the six-horse field.
"They were stepping out of there pretty hard, and my horse races good no matter where he’s at," Kakaley said. "I wasn’t worried about sitting last when they were going :26 to the quarter. If they had gone slow early, I would have stepped him out of there."
The Somebeachsomewhere-Deer Valley Miss gelding followed the live cover of Wes Delight, then peeled wide and downed him by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2, with Macadoodledoo third. Ron Burke trains Dorsoduro Hanover, who lifted his career bankroll to $560,862, for Burke Racing Stable, Silva, Purnel&Libby, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Wingfield Five.
In contrast, Done Well was on the PASS bubble, having competed in only one leg before Monday. While he won that, he needed points, big time, to nail down a spot in the final.
Tim Tetrick and the son of Well Said and Dagnabit Hanover took matters into their own hands, vaulting to the point and holding off the late challenge of Shadow Cat to defeat him by a neck in 1:51.1. A rallying Larry Karr completed the ticket.
"I think he had some health issues," Tetrick said. "He raced good in his Adios elimination, and then in the final he was atrocious. The last two races, he’s come back. He toughed it out today. I always thought he was better chasing, but in that spot, I have to do what I have to do."
Done Well now has banked $371,762 for trainer Brian Brown and owners James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers, Milt Leeman and Alan Keith.
$60,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series Stakes — 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace
While the Stallion Series event was Monday’s sub-feature, it provided much of the excitement, including: a Brett Miller sweep (two for trainer Chris Oakes), all in the Lightning Lane; a stakes record-matching victory in 1:50.3 by Terror Atthe Beach; an improbable 55-1 upset by PC’s Expresso, who spotted the field perhaps 15 lengths after breaking at the gate.
Terror Atthe Beach equaled the record of Spider Man Hanover by stalking Winston and blowing by in the stretch to score for Oakes and owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold. Aleppo Hanover closed well for second, 1-3/4 lengths back, while Winston saved show.
"Chris told me the horse has speed but is not a 1:49 pacer, so if you land on the front, try to give him a breather," Miller said. "I don’t know the horse, but he sure felt like he likes the two-hole."
PC’s Expresso had been competing primarily in overnights, but when he improved with the recent addition of Lasix, trainer Paul Kennedy and owners Paint Creek Farms and Robyn Kennedy decided to roll the dice on the stakes.
"The stake was there, and there was no overnight for him, so I just put him in. I’ve wasted $200 on plenty of other things," Kennedy said. "I figured our only chance of getting a check was to stay flat, but he raced good."
The son of Western Ideal and Palazzo Princess caught the field following the miscue, saved ground along the inside and made up four lengths in the stretch to score in 1:53.2, a neck better than Daddyofemall. No Easy Day earned show.
A Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Oakes for Tom Hill, Bobby K Hill captured the other split with a Lightning Lane charge that carried him 1-1/4 lengths past heavy favorite Go West Go Fast in 1:51.3, with Yupper third.
"Chris told me this one would be better if I could give him a trip," Miller said. "In the last turn, I didn’t think I would have enough time to catch the leader. But when he saw daylight, he was gone."
Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each piloted three winners on the 13-race card. (The Meadows)