The stake season shifts into high gear with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at both Pocono Downs and the Meadows Racetrack this Saturday, May 17th.
Eleven North America Cup eligibles will be in action in four divisions of three-year-old pacing colts at Pocono Downs, with $266,252 in purses. Shake It Cerry, last year's Dan Patch Award winning Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, makes her three-year-old debut with two divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies in action for $199,400 at the Meadows Racetrack.
The three-year-old colts will feature the eleven North America Cup eligibles highlighted by Somestarsomewhere, Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis, Limelight Beach, Let's Drink On It, and McWicked.
The first division features the Jim Campbell trained Sometimes Said driven by his brother John. Something Said paced a final half in :53.2 on the end of a 151 mile on May 6 at Pocono. Sometimes Said was second losing only by a neck in last year's Breeders Crown final. He banked close to $300,000 in 10 starts in 2013.
The first division also has Jimmy Takter's Tellitlikeitis. The Well Said pacer showed he is going to have a big year with an amazing 1:50.1 qualifying mile, last quarter in a crazy 25.2, at the Meadowlands on May 10. Limelight Beach comes in off a solid sophomore year with six wins in 10 starts, highlighted by two grand circuit victories in Lexington and a 149.4 mark at the Red Mile.
The third division features four North America Cup eligibles in Somestarsomewhere, Here Comes William, Avalanche Hanover, and Parnu Hanover. Ron Burke's Somestarsomewhere was third in the Breeders Crown final last year. His two-year-old campaign was highlighted by a 1:49.4 mile victory in the Breeders Crown elims and a 1:49.2 World Record mark at the Red Mile.
The third division also features Bob Mcintosh's Somewhere in L A. Somewhere In L A comes into the race fresh off a victory over early sensation National Debt in the Diplomat at Woodbine. North America Cup eligibles Parnu Hanover, Here Comes William, and Avalanche Hanover round out the third division.
The forth division features several outstanding colts. The race has four North America Cup eligibles in Let's Drink On It, McWicked, Somewhere Fancy, and Sweet Talkin Clyde.
The forth division also features John Butenscheon's Allstar Partner. Allstar Partner won last season’s Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for two-year-old male pacers on his way to earning $282,454 for owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. He was victorious in seven of ten races, including divisions of the Historic-Goshen Cup and Arden Downs, while making all of his starts in Pennsylvania.
McWicked comes into the race for Casie Coleman fresh off a convincing victory over older horses in 1:51 at Pocono on May 11th. Let's Drink On It was victorious in last year's American National at Balmoral and comes in fresh off a 1:50.3 score at Hoosier Park. Tyler Smith jets in from the midwest to drive.
Rounding out the forth division is early sensation Fire In The Belly. Lightly raced at age two, he has six victories in eight starts in 2014. He has been racing against quality older pacers in all his starts and has a 150.4 mark on the year at Dover Downs
The Meadows Racetrack features three-year-trotting fillies in two divisions for $199,400. Last year's champion filly makes her three-year-old debut for trainer Jimmy Takter from post seven in the second division. Shake It Cerry will be driven by Ron Pierce for Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for two-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle.
Shake It Cerry will be tested by Julie Miller's Take The Money and Harley Momma. Take The Money comes into the race with five victories in six starts on the year. She was parked to the half before clearing to the lead in her last start, losing by a nose at the wire to Harley Momma. Take the Money won three divisions of the Weiss Series at Pocono Downs in easy fashion earlier this year.
Harley Momma comes into the race with three victories in four starts for the year. She was victorious over Take the Money in the first Pennsylavnia Sire Stakes race of the year on May 8th at Harrah's Chester. She has already banked $51,000 in purses.
The first division of trotting fillies features another outstanding trotter trained by Jimmy Takter, Lifetime Pursuit. Lifetime Pursuit was a winner of six races in eleven starts in her two-year-old campaign. She finished second to Shake It Cerry in last year's Breeders Crown elims for two-year-old trotting fillies. She will need to mind her manners having made a break in last year's Breeders Crown final.
Competition in the first division should come from Steppin Out, Nitro Nittany, and Global Magic. Nitro Nittany steps up in class fresh off a 155.1 victory in the Stallion Series on May 17th at Harrah's Chester. Steppin Out is coming into the race off a victory in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on May 8th at Harrah's Chester. Global Magic showed some talent banking over $75,000 last year.
Sometimes Said is coming in off a big mile with a 53.2 second half. The Breeders Crown runner up is in with two tough customers. Tellitlikeis comes in off a monster qualifier at the Big M 1:50.1, last quarter in 25.2. Limelight Beach had a stellar two-year-old season. He should be better in second start.
Maxi Bon is hit or miss. He has a outstanding mile at the Big M on May 3rd, in 1:49.4. He didn't mind his manners in his last start and made a break. Cammikey comes in with a five-race race winning streak at the Meadows. At Press Time will battle for the show money.
Somestarsomewhere is the class horse in here. He showed his talent last year in the Breeders Crown. He comes in off a second place finish to Tellitlikeitis in qualifier. Somewhere In L A looks like an improving colt. He has sharp come from behind win in Diplomat at Woodbine. Parnu Hanover chased Sometimes Said in his last race.
This is the most interesting race on the card. McWicked came from off the pace to win impressively over the front favoring Pocono oval. Allstar Partner faded in last against a monster performance by Jk Endofanera. Fire In The Belly has been racing against some quality older horses. He is race ready with eight starts already. Let's Drink On it comes in off a huge win at Hoosier in 1:50.1. Tyler Smith comes in to drive.
The only question is can Lifetime Pursuit stay flat. She is by far the best in the weaker division if she minds her manners. Nitro Nittany is six for seven lifetime. She steps up in class with easy win in stallion series. Global Magic showed some talent at two in winning over $75,000.
The queen continues to wear her crown. Shake it Cerry takes home the jewels despite starting from the outside. Take The Money and Harley Momma should battle it out for second. Take The Money had a bad trip in last against Harley Momma. Harley Momma gets third.
by Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink.com