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Freshman pacers race in PA Stallion splits

August 03, 2018

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Two-year-old pacing colts and geldings took to the track in seven divisions of their third preliminary in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Friday afternoon over a Harrah’s Philadelphia oval that was listed "sloppy" for the first five divisions, upgraded to "good" after some dry weather for the sixth, and then taken back to "sloppy" after a sudden downpour (races listed in order of their happening).

The Sweet Lou–Blood Diamond colt Blood Money won a PA All-Stars contest in his purse debut then was third, beaten a length as the favorite, in a Sire Stakes race last time. Team Takter dropped him in this Stallion Series leg and the colt did not disappoint, although he had tough going uncovered into a :55.1 back half to defeat pacesetter One Corona To Go by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Yannick Gingras handled the well-bred youngster, who took a new mark for Diamond Creek Racing.

Next to Victory Lane was the Captaintreacherous–Capri Hanover colt Waterway and he never looked back while taking a maiden mark of 1:52.4. Brett Miller guided the Tony Alagna trainee for the Alagna And Begley Stable, David Silverman, and Santo and Joseph Barbera.

Latissimus Hanover was the only Stallion Series horse in his group to win in the first two prelims, and now he is three-for-three in the competition after winning handily in 1:52.3, fastest of the day’s stakes and just a tick off his lifetime mark. The Captaintreacherous–Ladyking juvenile has taken his StS races in successive starts for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Ray Schnittker, the latter also co-owner with Mary Kinsey Arnold and Ted Gewertz.

The Western Ideal–My Little Artist colt Mangogh went wire-to-wire in his section, taking a maiden mark of 1:54 while posting back numbers of :57- :28.2 for driver Andrew McCarthy while withstanding first-over favorite Lyons Johnnyjnr by three-quarters of a length. Bruce Saunders conditions the winner for M & L Of Delaware and M & M Harness Racing.

Springbridge Proud is now three-for-five in purse starts after a fifth-to-first move during quarter two led to a 1 3/4-length victory. The Sweet Lou–Stonebridge Proud colt went in 1:54.1, a tick off his lifetime best, while posting :56.3–:28 closing fractions for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and the ownership of Thestable Springbridge, Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Adriano Sorella.

The sun had come out and the track had been upgraded to "good" before Captain Panko posted his second Stallion Series victory while lowering his mark to 1:53. At odds of 20-1 when he won an StS race on July 3 at Pocono, the Captaintreacherous–P Note Blue Chip colt was sent off today as the chalk, and he proved worthy of the backing, going first-up into a :55.3 back half and still going by pacesetting Acton Hanover by a half-length for driver Corey Callahan, trainer John Butenschoen, and the partnership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc. and William Wiswell. The victory also gave Captaintreacherous siring honors on the day with three winning credits.

After the downpour the surface was back to "sloppy," and the last division recalled the first division of the day in so many ways: a royally-bred colt, a horse dropping from the Sire Stakes to the Stallion Series after 20 days off and taking a new mark, driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Jimmy Takter, owner Diamond Creek Racing -- it was déjà vu all over again when Blacklight won in 1:52.4. The son of Somebeachsomewhere–I Luv The Nitelife went to the lead off the first turn and remained in command from there for his first purse victory. (Harrah’s Philadelphia)

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