Three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old filly pacers were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, each going for a purse of approximately $75,000.
In the first division, it was Luxuriant Hanover pulling off the mild upset. The daughter ofdrafted second over, and was able to out sprint the heavy favorite (Weeper) home, pacing the last quarter in :27. The final time was 1:52.1. It was Luxuriant Hanover's second career win for owners James Simpson and the Pinske Stables. She is trained by , and was driven by . Weeper held on for second, while Palm Beach rallied for show.
In the second division, it was Coleman, Dumain, and Lattinelli's Someislandsomwhere rallying for the win. The daughter ofpaced the back half in :54.2 to out close a game Allstar Rating, who settled for second. Someislandsomwhere went on to pace the mile in a lifetime's best 1:51.4. She is trained by , and was also driven by , who had four wins on the card. Gallie Bythe Beach finished third.
In the third division, Brad Grant's Sandbetweenurtoes continued her winning ways. The daughter ofquarter-moved to the front, and never looked back. She paced the mile in 1:51.2 over the sloppy going, to remain undefeated in 2014. She is trained by , and was driven by . Also Encouraging battled gamely, overcoming a first over trip for second, while early pace setter Southwind Silence finished third.
by Mike Bozick, for Harrah's Philadelphia