YORK PA – McAlvin is undefeated in six starts at the PA fairs. He has won five times in 2:00 or faster, including the co-fastest miles of 1:57; holds the all-age track record at Meadville and Stoneboro; and was the fastest winner of the week at the York Fair when he tallied Tuesday in 1:58.1.
Keystone Wanda is the only horse besides McAlvin to have more than one “magic mile” at the Keystone fairs this year with three, and she’s the second-fastest performer of both the season (1:57.2) and during yesterday’s York races (1:58.2).
And both sophomore pacers are on the outside looking in at October 5’s Fair Championships at The Meadows, with only two more fair stops left.
Both horses’ connections – McAlvin is trained by. for Julie Krenitsky, and Keystone Wanda is conditioned by and co-owned by Todd and Christine Schadel – obviously recognize the abilities and potential of their horses, and both have raced much of the year at pari-mutuel tracks, including in the Stallion Series (where McAlvin won the Championship last year). But after having done so, understandably, both find themselves five points out of the top nine pointearners that make the finals, so they will likely be trying to continue their strong form at Gratz and then Bloomsburg – and hope that not too many others amass many points, so they can “climb” into the Championships.
McAlvin got the day off on his usual quick note by going wire-to-wire in 1:58.1-58.4-28.3 for driver Chris Shaw. Thegelding was six lengths clear of divisional (and overall) pointleader Jungle Of Terror, who gave chase from the pocket, at the wire.
Keystone Wanda and Schadel also used engine tactics (both horses drew the rail at York to boot) and won almost as easily, the daughter of5 ¼ lengths clear on the money, and giving her sire a sweep of the filly pace’s two divisions after Naked On The Beach ran her fair record to
10-7-3-0 with her fourth straight win, here in 2:01.2-28.3 for driver, trainer , and owner Howard Millhime.
One horse who definitely has qualified for the finals – in fact, on Tuesday she claimed the points championship in the 3TF division, joining 2PF La Fiesta as the only to do so so far – is the very fast trotting filly Monroe County. The daughter ofcertainly has made a strong impression at the fairs this year, what with the quickest diagonally-gaited mile of the year, 2:00.1, two all-age track records, two other divisional track records – and the occasional make-an-early-break-then-recover-from-20-lengths-back-to-win performance, which she did yesterday and still posted the fastest trot mile of the meet, 2:03.1, for driver (who got dumped in a first race breaking/interference mishap but got right back up) and trainer John McMullen Jr., the latter co-owner with Michelle McMullen.
FINISHING LINES – These really are “finishing lines,” as they tell you that the circuit will finish its season at Gratz this Sunday and Monday, and then at Bloomsburg on the 20th, 23rd, and 24th … In recapping Monday’s two-year-old action, it should be noted that the fastest times of the local fair season for 2TCs (Fly Past Hanover, 2:04), 2TFs (Bella Palazzo, 2:04.2) and 2PFs (Southern Sweetie, 2:01) were recorded over the glib York oval.
NOTES FOR SIRE STAKES CHAMPIONSHIPS 3YOs at THE MEADOWS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
***A full list of Sire Stakes champions and leading drivers are included in separate attachments.
***Each of the Sire Stakes Championships this year offers a $260,000 purse, which is the highest in North America in 2013 for state competition.
Pennsylvania law allows for one track to have no more than half the Sire Stakes Championships in a given year, so the 3YOs are here at The Meadows and the 2YOs will be at Harrah’s Philadelphia this Sunday the 15th. Pennsylvania actually uses a three-year rotation among its three pari-mutuel tracks, with the 2YO SS Championships, 3YO SS Championships, and Stallion Series Championships appearing at each oval once every three years.
***Overall speed record for the 3YO Sire Stakes Championships:
3TC – 1:54, Magic Tonight, Pocono, 2012.
3TF – 1:51.3, Check Me Out, Pocono, 2012 (fastest-ever trotting Championship).
3PC – 1:49, Dapper Dude, Pocono, 2012 (co-fastest-ever pacing Championship).
3PF – 1:49, Economy Terror, Pocono, 2012 (co-fastest-ever pacing Championship).
Records for Championships at The Meadows:
3TC – 1:55.4, ENS Snapshot, 2002; Dream Photo Kosmos, 2004; Lolique, 2006.
3TF – 1:53.1, Hidden Viggorish, 2006 (world record for several years).
3PC – 1:50.1, You Rock, 2004.
3PF – 1:52.2, Always Cam, 2002.
World Records for these divisions:
3TC – 1:50.4, Googoo Gaagaa.
3TG – 1:52.2, Spider Blue Chip.
3TF – 1:51.3, Check Me Out.
3PC – 1:47.4, Bolt The Duer* and Sunshine Beach.
3PG – 1:48.3, Alsace Hanover*, Beach Memories, Vegas Vacation, Ultimate Beachboy.
3PF – 1:48.4, I Luv The Nitelife.
*-at The Meadows
***Three of last year’s 2YO Champions return to try to earn their way into the select club of “Sire Stakes Championship repeaters” – but they’ll all have to do it from more difficult posts than they drew in 2012. TC Dontyouforgetit moves out from 4 to 6 this year; PF Handsoffmycupcake shifts from 5 to 7; and TF Frau Blucher has it toughest of all, having PP4 last year but drawing behind the 8-ball tonight. (As an added bonus, if Frau Blucher wins she will be only the second repeater, after Coulantine in 2004-2005, to have also been the pointsleader in both of her two Championship years.)
There have been NO TC repeaters in program history, and only one PC repeater: Satin Town in 1995-1996. However, the ladies have shown the ability to take the crown at both 2 and 3: repeaters are TFs No Nonsense Woman (1996-1997), Justgotafeeling (1998-1999), and Coulantine (2004-2005), and PFs Always Cam (2001-2002), Armbro Dancer (2005-2006), Western Graduate (2006-2007), Dancinwiththestarz (2009-2010), and Economy Terror (2011-2012). (If you look at the Championship horse attachment, you’ll see a totally-different trend for the Fair Championships: 13 male repeaters vs. only 2 female back-to-backers.)
***The following horses would set divisional records for Sire Stakes moneyearnings in one season if they won their respective Championships:
3TF (old mark $226,686, Check Me Out, 2012): Frau Blucher $264,077, Classic Martine $243,766.
3PC (old mark $201,545, Dapper Dude, 2012): Martini Hanover $220,669, Dedi’s Dragon $214,623, Twilight Bonfire $205,211.
3PF: (old mark $242,043, Dancinwiththestarz, 2010): Somwherovrarainbow $258,814, Charisma Hanover $245,665.
The mark for pacers is currently the $242,043 of Dancinwiththestarz; the mark would fall to Somwherovrarainbow or Charisma Hanover if either won.
The mark for 3YOs is also the $242,043 of Dancinwiththestarz; the mark would fall to the first-named winner of these four: Frau Blucher, Somwherovrarainbow, Charisma Hanover, Classic Martine.
The one-year record for Sire Stakes earnings is the $275,553 of 2TC Dontyouforgetit last year. Should he win again tonight in the 3TC, he will have amassed $451,314 in the Sire Stakes alone, having a third and a first this year before campaigning on the national trail during the last two Sires prelims.
If Frau Blucher would win her final, she would be the first horse to win $500,000 solely in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes; she set her divisional record as a 2TF with $258,918; a win here would put her at $522,995 just in the Sires program.
***There will be no one this year executing a Sire Stakes “sweep”: all four preliminaries and the Championship. This applies on both the 2YO and 3YO sides. Three-time winners among the 3YOs include TF Frau Blucher and PFs Somwherovrarainbow and Charisma Hanover; the “Frau” and “Rainbow” had three wins and a second to be the leading pointscorers in all categories this season with 130.
The last “sweeper” among 3YOs was TC In Focus in 2008. Also notching the trick among sophomores were TF Amour Ami and PF Up Front Dragonfly (2005) and PF Ice Sculpture (2004), but In Focus was the only one of these to take FOUR preliminaries and the Championship.
***Three of the four divisions will have their leading pointwinner competing tonight: TC Valley Of Sin has not appeared since he won the final prelim at The Meadows.
Is it a good thing or a bad thing to go into your Championship as leading pointwinner (or joint leader)?
Here are the results from 2002-2012, the period during which points have been preserved:
TC (Valley Of Sin is out; Aperfectyankee was #2): 6 of 11, including the last two years.
TF (Frau Blucher): Ominous – only 1 for 11, Coulantine in 2005 (also the last repeater for TFs).
PC (Dedi’s Dragon): 4-11, but only Big Bad John since 2007.
PF (Somwherovrarainbow): 6-11, including the last four.
***Three of last year’s four 2YO Consolation winners are racing at The Meadows tonight – and not only have two moved up to the Championship, but they were also #1 in divisional points this year: PC Dedi’s Dragon and PF Somwherovrarainbow! Picture This will try to take the TC consolation event for the second straight year. TC Smoother Ride also takes a “jump” in trying to be a repeater – he won the Stallion Series Championship last year.
***This is the best “commercial” why being a full participant in the Pennsylvania breeding program is a very solid investment: Of the 32 Sire Stakes finalists, 13 qualify as “PA-bred,” which is defined as their dam having lived in Pennsylvania for 180 contiguous days including foaling. Whatever pursemoney these horses receive, they will generate Breeders Awards at a rate approximately four times greater than the breeders who raised their horses out of state – and if a “PA-bred” gets the $130,000 winner’s share of the purse for his/her owner, the breeder would receive upwards of $35,000 using traditional percentages. These 13 horses:
3TC: High Bridge and It’s Complicated;
3TF: Classic Martine, Royal Assets, Drink The Wine, and Fashion Athena;
3PC: Martini Hanover, Twilight Bonfire, and Lonewolf Currier;
3PF: Somwherovrarainbow, Charisma Hanover, Novascotia Hanover, and Handsoffmycupcake.
Jerry Connors | Director of Sire Stakes and Harness Breeders Fund