Wilkes-Barre, PA--Soaring on the inside late, Allstar Rating won the second Breeders Crown elim for 2-year-old filly pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Friday (Oct. 11), beating 1-9 choice Precocious Beauty for the win in 1:50.1, a world record for freshman filly pacers.
The final time broke the record set only a few races back by Gallie Bythe Beach (1:50.3) in the division’s first elim.
Driven by Yannick Gingras, the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Four Starzzz Shark-Credit Rating left off the gate along with Precocious Beauty and Act Now. Allstar Rating was in the lead to the first quarter in 26.3, but surrendered the top to Precocious Beauty, who came first-over to take the top and guide the field to a 54 half.
Flying through the third quarter in 1:22.2, Precocious Beauty began to feel pressure. Uffizi Hanover was challenging to the third panel and Act Now was gaining, but on the inside Allstar Rating glided by Precocious Beauty and caught her by a head to upset the huge choice.
Ron Burke trains Allstar Rating, who paid $13.20. She is now a winner of three of four starts in her career. The Burke Racing Stable owns her with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Brittany Farms and the Brian P. Monieson Revtrust bred Allstar Rating.
“She’s really progressed nicely and she has a world of ability,” said Gingras. “I was confident but I didn’t know if I could beat Precocious Beauty; she’s a special filly. But I like [Allstar Rating]. She’s made only five starts and went a mile in :50 and I think she’s going to go up from here.”
Act Now was third and Uffizi Hanover was fourth to earn spots in next week’s final.
Gallie Bythe Beach storms to victory in first elim
The Campbell brothers--driver John and trainer Jim--continued their hot hand with Gallie Bythe Beach blasting to a 1:50.3 victory in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for juvenile pacing fillies.
Gallie Bythe Beach, a daughter of past Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria, took control of the race with an alert leave and never looked back.
|Gallie Bythe Beach (4) beat Southwind Silence at the wire to win her Breeders Crown elimination.|
“This is a speed track and I wanted to be in front,” said John Campbell after the race about his winning strategy.
Campbell let the other drivers know from the get-go that he meant business, forcing outside leavers Southwind Silence, Ali Blue and Beach Body to take seats in behind Gallie Bythe Beach during the 26.1 opening quarter.
Odds-on favorite She's Da Bomb and driver Jody Jamieson couldn’t match speed with the leavers and got away fifth despite starting from the pole position. Jamieson was still sitting looking for cover as Gallie Bythe Beach made the half in 54.2. She's Da Bomb advanced slowly and eventually was able to flush Ali Blue and Yannick Gingras to attack without cover.
Campbell was still a clear leader heading into the stretch while continuing the torrid clip. His filly responded to urging as Southwind Silence and driver Matt Kakaley took to the passing lane to take a shot. The two fillies last met up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 15 with Southwind Silence winning that race. Gallie Bythe Beach showed more determination this time around keeping her rival at bay and holding safe by a head on the wire.
Beach Body finished third with Ali Blue and She's Da Bomb also advancing to the final.
Gallie Byethe Beach was bred and is owned by Julies Siegel’s Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pa. The 1:50.3 effort equaled the world mark set by Economy Terror.
Gallie Bythe Beach returned $7.80 to win.
The two elimination winners drew post positions 1 through 5 with the rest of the finishers being placed in an open draw. Here is the draw:
$500,000 2-year-old filly pace (with drivers and trainers from eliminations)
1 – Act Now – Ron Pierce – Nikolas Drennan
2 – Gallie Bythe Beach – John Campbell – Jim Campbell
3 – Beach Body – Ron Pierce – Chris Oakes
4 – Uffizi Hanover – David Miller – Jimmy Takter
5 – Allstar Rating – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
6 – Southwind Silence – Matt Kakaley – Ron Burke
7 – She’s Da Bomb – Jody Jamieson – Tony O’Sullivan
8 – Ali Blue – Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter
9 – Precocious Beauty – Doug McNair – Gregg McNair