WILKS-BARRE PA -- The regally-bred Gallie Bythe Beach equaled her divisional world record with a 1:50.3 triumph in her $25,000 elimination of the Breeders Crown two-year-old filly pace Friday at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, then Allstar Rating went her one -- no, two, better -- by lowering that mark to 1:50.1 in the other elim.
Gallie Bythe Beach, a daughter of millionaire Breeders Crown champions (2008) and Galleria (1998) bred and owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope PA and trained by , took full advantage of track geometry for all-time leading Breeders Crown sulky champion , putting the outside-post leavers in behind her and carving out fractions of 26.1, 54.2, and 1:22.1, with the outer flow never reaching her.
Through the stretch pocketsitting Southwind Silence tried for late heroics in the Pocono Pike passing lane but came up a head shy; Ali Blue and Beach Body were next in line at the wire. 2-5 favorite She's Da Bomb raced off cover, lost a little ground swinging for home, then kicked in late but could only salvage fifth, causing abnormally-high show prices for the first three finishers.
"Pocono obviously is a track where you want to be on the lead, within reason," noted after the race, explaining his strategy with Gallie Bythe Beach. About his filly's gameness in the lane, Campbell noted, "The most consistent thing about this filly is that she always tries hard -- even in defeat, she's pacing her best to the wire."
For Fashion Farms and the brothers Campbell, it was the second Crowning achievement of the evening, following their triumph with trotting counterpart Cooner Schooner.
The fans had barely caught their breath from that effort when the second elim came out. Early on, Allstar Rating was hard-used to make the lead before the 26.3 quarter, then yielded to 1-9 quartermoving favorite Precocious Beauty, who hit the next two splits in 54 and 1:22.2. Turning for home driver had Allstar Beauty right on the chalk's helmet, and the Pocono Pike proved the pathway to victory as the daughter of Four Starzz Shark
caught the frontrunner by a head for trainer and owners Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and JJK Stables. Act Now followed the winner up the inside and was third, just ahead of Uffizi Hanover, who did well after a tough trip.
"It was only her fifth lifetime start," Gingras noted. "She's still learning, but I've been impressed with her -- she has a world of ability. I wasn't positive I could beat Precocious Beauty -- she's a great filly -- but my filly is very good as well."
The former world record for 2PF was set at Chester in 2011 by Economy Terror -- who will race tomorrow night in the Crown Older Mare Pace elim. Gallie Bythe Beach wrote her name next to the "Terror"'s -- but the life of those records would only prove to be about 40 minutes long.
by Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com