Fashion Farms/Campbell Brothers Have 3 Entered
Chester, PA – There will be $1,348,500 in purse money paid out this Sunday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia as the racetrack hosts the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship Final for two-year-old trotting and pacers.
Each of the four PASS Championships races for a purse of $260,000, which are the richest finals for any state-bred harness racing program in North America. Also on the program that afternoon are four $50,000 consolation races for each of the division per gait and gender.
The first championship final is race 9 for two-year-old pacing fillies and headlining the field is Gallie Bythe Beach, who starts from post one for driver John Campbell. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is the class of the field with earnings of $239,000 off five wins in just seven starts for trainer Jim Campbell (John’s brother) and the Fashion Farms of New Hope, PA, who also bred the filly.
Another standout in the race is Tyra (post six) who is on a three-race winning streak. She has won five of her six starts this year for trainer Joann Looney-King and $144,000 in purses. Beach Body (post 7), a $131,000 winner this year, is also in the field.
A classic match-up takes place in the 10th race championship final for two-year-old trotting fillies as world record holder Cooler Schooner takes on Lifetime Pursuit.
Cooler Schooner became the world’s fastest two-year-old trotter of all time on August 21 when she scored a 1:51.3 triumph in a PASS leg at Pocono Downs for driver John Campbell. The daughter of Broadway Hall is also trained by Jim Campbell and is also bred and owned by Fashion Farms. She has three wins this year with earnings of $88,387, is on a two-race win streak and starts from the far outside in post position eight.
Starting right alongside Cooler Schooner in post seven is Lifetime Pursuit. She is the highest money earner in the field with $206,000 bankrolled so far in 2013 for trainer Jimmy Takter. She is sired by Cantab Hall and was bred and is owned by Brittany Farms of Versailles, KY and will be driven by Yannick Gringras.
Lifetime Pursuit sports five wins in six starts this year and has beaten Cooler Schooner earlier this season but the two have not met since Cooler Schooner set the world record. Other contenders include $127,000 winner, A Perfect Gem (post 2) and $108,000 winner Designed To Be (post 3).
Exodus Hanover looms the early favorite in the 11th race PASS final for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. He starts from post three for driver Andy Miller and has won six of his last seven starts both in the PASS and on the Grand Circuit. He is trained by Steve Elliott, who co-owns the son of Andover Hall with the Frassetto Estate, Klein & Old Brook Stables of NY & NY. The $128,000 winner is coming off a lifetime best 1:55.2 victory in a $39,100 division of the Reynolds Stakes last week at Vernon Downs.
Other standouts in the field are $115,000 winner Uva Hanover (post 5), Don Dorado (post 2) and Keystone Wasabi (post 8).
The final PASS championship final is race 12 for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and will be a battle to behold as Allstar Partner puts his five-race winning streak on the line. He starts from post four for driver Corey Callahan. The son of Four Starzzz Shark has six wins and two seconds in his eight starts this year with earnings of $147,000 for trainer John Butenschoen and the VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foli, both of NJ that own the gelding.
He will be facing four-time winner, Let’s Drink On It, who starts from post one for driver Tim Tetrick and is the fastest winner in the field with a record of 1:51.1 for trainer Joe Seekman and has earnings of $116,000. Also entered are $116,000 winner Limelight Beach (post 3), $113,000 winner McWicked (post 6) and another Fashion Farms, Jim and John Campbell team with Sometimes Said (post 2), who won his last start right at Harrah’s in a $33,000 division of the Historic Series in 1:52.4.
By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com