Fancy Desire, Weeper and Cinamony each records lifetime records in winning their respective $20,000 elimination divisions of the Jame Lynch Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies Saturday at Pocono Downs.
The first three official finishers in each $20,000 elimination race return next week for the $300,000 final.
Weeper returned to her winning ways in the first division, getting a perfect two-hole trip for driver Dave Palone and scoring by a long neck in 1:49. Pacesetter Gallie BytheBeach (John Campbell) was second with Sayitall BB (Yannick Gingras) third.
“It was nice to have someone else do the work for her.” Dave Palone said. “She’s been the leader all her starts but going against better horses tonight we were looking to race her out of the hole and it worked out. John’s (Campbell) horse was super tonight and carried us well. If this track is this fast next week there is no telling how fast we will go in the final.”
It was the fourth win in six starts for Weeper. The daughter of Allamerican Native is trained by Kelly O’Donnell and is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. She paid $7.40 to win.
Fancy Desire was the next Lynch winner and she led from early on for driver George Napolitano, Jr., and pulled away in the stretch to win by four and one-half lengths in 1:49. My Lady Day (David Miller) was second with the pocket-sitting Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley) third to make the final.
The time of 1:49 for both Fancy Desire and Weeper, were one-fifth of a second from I Luv The Nitelife’s 2013 world record.
“The game plan was to keep her up close,” said Fancy Desire’s trainer Kevin Carr, “We did not expect the front. Things did not work out the way we planned in Canada but she raced good tonight. They are all good horses in here next week. It will be a great final.”
It was the third in this year for Fancy Desire. The Real Desire filly is owned by Robert DiNozzi of Ossining, NY and paid $3.80 to win.
The final division Cinamony and driver Corey Callahan put in a gusty first-over effort in defeating race favorite Uffizi Hanover and Also Encouraging.
After Tyra (Tim Tetrick) took the early lead away from Atsallrite Hanover (Yannick Gingras) in :26.2, David Miller came first-over with the race favorite Uffizi Hanover and they led at the half in :54.4.
Then came Callahan and Cinamony first-over with Also Encouraging (Brett Miller) and they started grinding their way up to the front by the three-quarters in 1:23.
As they started down the stretch, Cinamony was not only able to collar Uffizi Hanover but they were able to pass her by and cruise to a two and one-half length triumph in 1:50.3.
“We were not going too much up the backside,” Corey Callahan said. “She really likes to go first-over and Dave had to do a lot of work to get to the lead. Dave’s horse looked a little tired going into the last turn. My horse responded well and went a big mile.
“She was not staked to a lot this season,” Callahan added, “She was just a $3,500 purchase. We paid to supplement her for this. It was a smart move for the owners. She can go with all of them. She can go a good trip and it will be tough to beat her.”
Sired by Art Official, Cinamony is trained and co-owned by Alexander Rice, Jr. with Michael Horn of Delaware, it was the fourth win this year for Cinamony, who paid $11.40 to win.
By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com