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Season's best for Donttellmeagain; Charlino update

July 20, 2016
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Donttellmeagain zipped to the lead and rolled home in 1:52.1—fastest mile this year by a freshman pacing gelding on a five-eighths-mile track—in Tuesday's $140,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake at The Meadows.
 
The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was contested over seven divisions, with Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon, Mac's Jackpot, Ponderingjacksfame, Bettor's Western, and Jo Pa's Somebeach also taking $20,000 splits. Tim Tetrick won three divisions, including a pair (Mac's Jackpot, Jo Pa's Somebeach) for trainer Jim Campbell. Marcus Miller piloted five winners on the 14-race card, including two stake splits (Beach Boogie, Maconupwithedragon) for his dad, trainer Erv Miller, and one (Ponderingjacksfame) for trainer Les Givens.
 
There was little question that Donttellmeagain was best in his division, as he crushed Bettor's Outlaw by 9 1/2 lengths, with Dances Cruiser third. Jim King, Jr., whose wife, Jo Ann Looney-King, trains the son of Dragon Again-Donttellmewhattodo for Paton Racing Stables, said he wasn't shocked by the youngster's speed.
 
"It doesn't come as a real big surprise," King said. "I thought he could win, but I didn't know he would be quite that impressive. He's awfully small, but he has real high speed."

Beach Boogie made little impression in his last outing, a PA Sires Stake division, but he was easily the best in his stallion series split, quarter-poling to the front and scoring in 1:52.2. No Talking was second, 2 1/2 lengths back, while Armed Robbery earned show.

"I'm very pleased — not surprised but pleased," Marcus Miller said. "He has a big motor. He's a pretty big horse, so he's figuring out where his legs are. If he figures it all out, he probably can go into sires stakes later in the year."

Ronald Michelon, David J. Miller and Lawrence Means campaign Beach Boogie, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Dance Until Dawn.

Bettor's Western was hammered down to 1-9 and performed like a heavy, confident favorite, prevailing on the front end in 1:53.3 for Dave Palone, trainer Chris Oakes and owner Synerco Ventures. Southwind Yukon was second, 3 1/2 lengths in arrears, with On Cruise Control third.

"I thought if I kept him out of trouble, he was much the best," Palone said. "I think he'll make a sires stakes colt — just needs a little education. He's real smart."

In the $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot, Barn Girl worked hard to find the pocket, then converted her journey to victory in 1:54.3, 1/2 length better than Bessie. Princess Pablano finished third. Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. The 4-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now boasts $284,556 in career earnings.
 
Also, Dan Charlino, one of two drivers injured in a race mishap Monday at The Meadows, has undergone a surgical procedure — and faces several more — to repair leg injuries suffered in the accident. The other driver involved, Eric Goodell, was x-rayed for potential upper-body injuries but released when the x-rays proved negative. Goodell, 42, called off his Tuesday assignments.
 
According to horsemen and horsewomen who visited Charlino, 52, doctors at a Pittsburgh hospital stabilized his leg with a brace hours after the mishap. Christen Pantaleano, a trainer at The Meadows who was among Charlino's visitors, said a second surgery is scheduled for Wednesday and that a third, more involved procedure will occur at a later date.
 
"He was pretty beat," Pantaleano said, "but he was pretty good, considering." (The Meadows)
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