Three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers were on tap on a beautiful Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each going for a purse of just over $70,000.
The first division featured Adios runner-up Somewhere In L A () and Hempt runner-up At Press Time ( ). As the wings closed, At Press Time made his way to the top, while Somewhere In L A tucked in third, off a 27.2 first quarter. At the half, Somewhere In L A floated to the outside, and was on even terms with the leader just past the three-quarter pole. The stage was set for a stretch duel between the race favorites, but Somewhere In L A powerfully pulled away to win by 3 lengths, in a time of 1:50. At Press Time held second, while Adios Consolation winner Mattamerican ( ) finished third. Somewhere in L A is owned by J&T Silva Stables, Deo Volente Farms, and TLP Stables, trained by , and was driven by .
In the second division, the wagering public put their hopes behind North American Cup runner-up Tellitlikeitis. The son ofwas coming off of a third in the Meadowlands Pace. However, the trainee Sometimes Said had other ideas. The son of came away fourth off the wings, and maintained that position until the half. Driver then gave him his cue, as he grinded first-over to be within a length of the lead at three quarters. He went on to kick clear, putting away the pace-setter and eventual second place finisher Limelight Beach, to win in a time of 1:50.1. Tellitlikeitis, who elected to save ground, rallied up the cones for third. Sometimes Said is owned by Fashion Farms LLC.
The third and final division was stacked full of equine talent, led by Adios winner McWicked (McCardle). As the wings closed, driver Dave Miller sent the race favorite immediately to the top, with Lyonssomewhere () securing the pocket spot. After a quarter in 26, McWicked rated the second split in 28.3, before stepping on the gas petal. He faced mild first-over pressure from Toms Titan ( ) at three-quarters. At the top of the stretch, pocket sitting Lyonssomewhere lost all chance by making a break. McWicked went on to win by open lengths, stopping the clock in 1:48.4. He is owned by SSG Stables, and is trained by .