Sophomore filly pacers in PASS action Sunday at Pocono
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Premium Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old pacing fillies will be racing for over $300,000 on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, including two $93,542 divisions of the third preliminary round of the group’s Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and six $20,000 divisions of their Stallion Series action.
Four different fillies bring victory in Sires Stakes action to Sunday’s event, and even though three of them are in the Race 5 division, it’s likely that the 10th race will draw at least as much interest. That division contains the sole two-time Sires Stakes winner, the Captaintreacherous filly Party Girl Hill, unraced at two but unbeaten in five starts at three, who will begin from post two in a field of six for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Chris Ryder, and owner Tom Hill.
Party Girl Hill’s last race, a 1:49.4 triumph in the Adioo Volo over a sloppy track at The Meadows, is the one that really raised some eyebrows. Having to come first-over after a 30-second second quarter, she paced her back fractions in :53-:26.2 without looking under strain, defeating last year’s 2-year-old champion Lyons Sentinel.
Lyons Sentinel, another daughter of Captaintreacherous, is one of the three PASS 2020 winners to be squaring off in the fifth race division, starting from post three in a group of six for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and Threelyonsracing. Never off the board in 18 career starts and with earnings of $937,383, Lyons Sentinel was far from disgraced in the Adioo Volo, being used to get the lead in a :26.2 opening quarter, and holding well against the rampaging Party Hill Girl.
The other Sires Stakes winners in this field are Drama Act, beginning from post two for driver Aaron Merriman and trainer Krista Harmon, and Rocknificent, who won in the Geers Stake at the Meadowlands in 1:49.1 in her last outing and here will be going from the outside for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Linda Toscano.
No fewer than nine winners in the Stallion Series to date are back to try to further their reputations. Among them are The Bethinator, the only two-time Stallion Series winner so far, and a trio of single winners who are gathered in another division: Alexa Skye, Keystone Eureka, and Cowgirl Lilly, starting side-by-side-by-side in posts three through five in their cut.
Post time for Sunday’s 14-race card at Pocono is set for 5 p.m. (Pocono/PHHA)