Three-year-old Pennsylvania sired pacing colts where in the limelight at Pocono Downs Saturday in four $66,363 divisions.
The first race, first division saw Jimmy Takter’s Tellitlikeitis get the pocket rocket two-hole trip and squeak by pacesetter Limelight Beach (David Miller) to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:49.1. Seventh Secret (Mike Wilder) was third.
It was Brett Miller and Tellitlikeitis taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 with Sometimes Said (John Campbell) getting the two-hole trip but that was short lived as David Miller had Limelight Beach in gear on the outside and they took command before the half mile in :55.1.
Content to sit the pocket trip, Brett Miller sat patiently with Tellitlikeitis and let David Miller lead with Limelight Beach to the three-quarters in 1:22. Then in the stretch, Brett Miller got Tellitlikeitis into gear and they wore down Limelight Beach before the wire, winning by three-quarters of a length. Limelight Beach held for second with a late closing Seventh Secret (Mike Wilder) third. Tellitlikeitis paid $4.60 to win
“This is a really special colt,” said Brett Miller. “We were driving to win but I was being cautious. Limelight Beach is a really nice colt. I felt he was worthy to be behind him and it worked out.”
It was the first start of the year for the colt by Well Said.
The fourth race second division saw At Press Time and driver Matt Kakaley leave out of the gate and take command with Mattamerican (Andrew McCarthy) on their backs. Then on the move came Maxi Bon and driver Dave Palone and they took command to the opening quarter mile in :26.3.
After the half mile in :53.4, Cammikey and Brian Zendt came first over to challenge Maxi Bon and push them to the three-quarters in 1:21.3. Coming down the stretch Maxi Bon could not hold off At Press Time as Matt Kakaley snuck him up the passing lane to a one length triumph in 1:49.1. Maxi Bon held for second with Cammikey third. At Press Time was a 10-1 long shot and paid $22.00 to win.
“He raced real well tonight,” Kakaley said. “I drove him last week and roughed him up. He’s good off the gate and once I got to the passing lane I knew we got them.”
Sired by Western Terror, it was the third win in five starts this year for At Press Time.
The slowest of the four races came in the sixth race third division. Parnu Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) was winging out of the starting gate and took command but that was short lived as Matt Kakaley came charging up with Somestarsomewhere and they led at the opening quarter mile in :26.4.
Then by the half mile in :54.4, Somewhere In L A and Mark MacDonald started up first-over and those two got into gear by the three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then the action heated up more as the two horses battled it out down the stretch and right to the wire with Somestarsomewhere holding on by a head in 1:50.3. Blooming Genius (Tyler Smith) was third.
“There was a lot more action in the first turn than I thought,” said Matt Kakaley. “I just wanted him to make the top. He was coming in on the turns but he straighten right up in the straightaways. Once he straighten out he was home free.”
Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, it was the first start this year for the colt by Somebeachsomewhere.
They saved the best and the fastest of the four divisions for race eight. It was a slugfest from the very start.
Allstar Partner and driver George Napolitano, Jr. left sharply from post eight and was able to take the quick lead. Then it was McWicked and driver Simon Allard on the outside after the opening quarter mile in :26.1 and they were able to clear to the lead by the half mile in :54.
The action then heated up as Let’s Drink On It and driver Tyler Smith started up first-over only they blew right by McWicked and took command by the three-quarters in 1:20.4 and Tyler Smith kept after Let’s Drink On It and they flew down the stretch to win with ease by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:49.
McWicked held for the second place with Some Playa (Brett Miller) third.
“The horse paced 1:50 at Hoosier,” Tyler Smith said. “He is the real deal. They are going to fly me to Canada for the Somebeachsomewhere and the North America Cup. They asked me to stick with him and hopefully we keep winning.”
A $174,000 winner last year, Let’s Drink On It is sired by Art Official and tonight’s 1:49 victory is a lifetime mark and his second straight win this season. He is trained by Joe Seekman and owned by Seekman, Bond, Hewitt and Boido, Jr. Let’s Drink On It paid $3.60 to win.
By Steve Wolf and Brian McEvoy, for Harnesslink