Doo Wop Hanover & Luck Be Withyou Also Win
It did not take long for the world records to fall at Pocono Downs Saturday night in the $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations. It happened in the very first race as Sometartsomewhere and driver Yannick Gingras scored the first sub-1:50 mile in history on a five-eighths mile track with a 1:49.4 triumph.
His victory surpassed the prior world mark of 1:50 set earlier this year by He’s Watching.
It was Sometimes Said and driver John Campbell shooting to the early lead from post seven with Somestarsomewhere grabbing the two-hole spot. By the opening quarter mile in :26.2 Gingrass moved to the front with Somestarsomewhere. Then by the half mile marker in :55.1 Mike Lachance came first-over with Journeyman and gave second-over cover to Idealbeach Hanover (Jody Jamieson).
Past the three-quarters they raced that way in 1:21.4 and then as the field started down the stretch, Campbell sent Sometimes Said to the passing lane and they began to inch up on Somestarsomewhere who dug in and found another gear as he pulled away for a one length victory over Sometimes Said with a late closing So Surreal (Tim Tetrick) third.
“He could not have raced any better,” trainer Ron Burke said, “I wasn’t surprised at the time of the race because this colt is capable of winning in those fractions. He could be a great horse next year and we hope we are lucky next week.”
Sired by Somebeachsomewhere, it was the fourth win this year for Somestarssomewhere, who is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Brucemi, M. Yanek and L. Karr. Sent off odds of 2-1, he paid $6.80 to win. The first three finishers in the race return next Saturday for the $500,000 final.
DOO WOP HANOVER UPSETS AT 31-1
The second $25,000 Breeders Crown elimination for two-year-old pacing colts saw all three finalists at odds of 10-1 or better as the favorites could not come through.
The race was marred at the start as Bakersfield (Corey Callahan) and Crafty Master (Douglas McNair) both left out of the gate but on the turn Crafty Master went off-stride and interfered with most of the other horses.
That left Bakersfield on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :27 as Carracci Hanover (Tim Tetrick) brushed right to the front but that lead was short lived because after the half mile in :54.4, Western Vintage and driver Yannick Gingras came first-over and they cleared to the lead.
Down the backstretch driver Ron Pierce came first-over with Doo Wop Hanover with Melmerby Beach (Paul Macdonald) second over to the three-quarters in 1:24 and Doo Wop Hanover would not stop grinding it out first-over, putting away Western Vintage in the stretch as Gingras’s horse had problems and had to go inside the pylons as Doo Wop Hanover won at odds of 31-1 by one length in 1:51.3 over 10-1 Melmerby Beach and Somebeachsomewhere’s half brother, Some Major Beach (Brian Sears) third at odds of 35-1.
“I was on the inside early when they had the mix up on the front end,” Pierce said. “My horse was very good, up on the bit throughout and I was confident turning for home. But whenever you drive for “Steve” Elliott and “Peter” Blood you are always confident.”
Sired by Rocknroll Hanover, it was only the second win and a lifetime mark for Doo Wop Hanover. Trained by Steve Elliott and owned by Peter Blood, Rick Berks and Gary Pionikowski. Doo Wop Hanover paid $64.00, $27.80 and $35.60 across the board.
Luck Be Withyou wins third division
Luck Be With You ($6.80), switching to the locally-based Chris Oakes barn for his $25,000 elimination of the 2PC Breeders Crown, made his own luck by making every pole a winning one Saturday night.
The Western Ideal colt left hard from the rail and made the quarter in 27.1, then elected to park challenger Arthur Blue Chip, and the two battled thru a 53.4 half. Luck Be With You shook off Arthur Blue Chip by the 1:22.2 3/4 pole and was not threatened the rest of the way, winning by three lengths for driver Ron Pierce (his second win on the night) and Ontario owner John Craig. Pocketsitting Three Of Clubs held for second, with Ari Allstar rallying for third and a spot in the final. The winning time of 1:50 was a career mark for the horse, and would have equaled the divisional world record two hours ago -- except that "Luck"'s foe Somestarsomewhere had gone in 1:49.4 in the first elim.
Pierce, who was driving the horse for the first time, said, "He was lazy scoring down, but when I turned him to the gate, he perked right up." On his duel with Arthur Blue Chip, Pierce added: "I couldn’t let the horse go by without choking my horse down, and I certainly wasn’t going to do that. In the stretch, I asked him to pick it up again, and he responded. I’m impressed with this horse.”
By Steve Wolf & Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com