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Filly triad of state-bred action at Pocono

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:27 PM
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A trio of Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) was featured on July 20 at Pocono Downs. Each $84,000-plus miles were sprinkled with Hambletonian Oaks-eligibles as the division continues to send out graceful square-stepping girls.

  

In the first PASS event, four hopefuls left with four state-sired foes with favorite Merger Blue Chip an easy winner. The Bjorn Noren-trained gal let non-eligible Easy Dream do the work up front and tipped out in the stretch to soar by that one. On the inside, hot hopeful Ally-Gal Ridge got up for second. Royal Clout and Fortunes Dream were off the board.

  

Oaks-eligible Christiana Hanover, down from Canada and driven by her trainer Riina Rekila, pulled off a stunning upset in the middle PASS event. Her 1:53.4 score was a Pocono track record for soph-filly trotters. As well, she fooled the public, paying $87.80 to win.

  

“Christiana” was seventh at three-quarters as the race was being contested by Cantab It All, who left early and cut the fractions, favorite Action-Broadway and (non-eligible) and Secret Magic. Rekila’s fast closing move was easy, on the grandstand side, as the others were battling from the 1:24.4 third call.

  

Secret Magic was third; Cantab It All took forth; Up Front Juansteen, and Perfect Chance were not involved.

  

Three hopefuls took on others in the nightcap. Spicy Wings and Crown Laurel are two a lot of us have been watching lately. Offbroadway DeVie was the third eligible.

  

“Wings,” who won an elim and the final of the Hudson Filly Pace at Yonkers, went off the huge favorite in this event and the Jeffrey Webster-conditioned gal had no problem with this group. She was far ahead of Barham Hanover (non-eligible) and that one was far ahead of the rest in the 1:54.3 victory.

  

“Laurel” was coming back with four days rest, having finished fifth in a Del Miller Stakes division, but she never got to put in a bid after skipping into a run early in the race. “Offbroadway” was off the board.

 

 
 


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