Washington, PA--Although they’ve just begun their racing careers, Seventh Secret and Limelight Beach have been traveling parallel paths.
As they approached Tuesday’s (July 9) $269,805 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes known as the Albatross at The Meadows, each was making his second career start. Each was sent off a considerable longshot, and each fell well off the pace early. But each rallied to capture his division in 1:52, and they now share the Albatross record.
The event for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers was conducted over five divisions, with Westward Hanover, Kingofthejungle and Tellitlikeitis taking the other splits.
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Seventh Secret won his PASS division in 1:52.
Seventh Secret had first crack at it, but his prospects looked bleak when he dawdled 8-1/2 lengths off the lead at the three-quarters. The 22-1 outsider rallied through the lane for Mike Wilder to defeat Allstar Partner by a half-length, with Let’s Drink On It third. The time shaved two ticks from the previous Albatross record established last year by Good Day Mate and is the fastest this year by a freshman colt on a five-eighths-mile track.
“I didn’t know if I could reach because of the ground I had to make up, but my colt sure had a lot of pace at that point,” Wilder said. “Once we got straightened out for home and I got him lined up, I knew I would run them down. He has the greatest attitude.”
Dan Altmeyer trains the Allamerican Native colt for owner/breeder Ruth Altmeyer. The youngster is the seventh foal out of Secret Song — thus the name Seventh Secret — and his two victories in two starts have made his dam a 100-percent producer.
About 90 minutes later, Limelight Beach, dismissed at 16-1, moved three wide at the three-quarters for David Miller and nailed Cabana Boy Hanover, the 1-2 favorite, by 3/4 lengths. Sometimes Said earned show. In another echo of Seventh Secret’s performance, it was the fastest mile this year by a freshman gelding on a five-eighths-mile track.
“When we went three wide, my horse felt strong,” Miller said. “The fractions were honest enough, so I thought he had a pretty good shot. He raced like I thought he would. I think he’ll keep going.”
Brian Brown trains Limelight Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Benear, for James Stambaugh, Milton Leeman and Charles Wingfield.
Westward Hanover was just as impressive in his career debut, making the lead with a quarter-pole move for trainer-driver Joe Pavia, Jr. and prevailing in 1:52.3, 1-1/2 lengths better than Naked City, with At Press Time third. Steve Held, Joseph Barbera, Michael Rich and AGC Stables own the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Duel, a $145,000 yearling acquisition.
Limelight Beach won as a 16-1 upset in 1:52 for driver David Miller.
“We weren’t going to go higher than $125,000 for him,” Pavia said. “But Steve Held fell in love with him when he saw him at Hanover and said, ‘That’s the one I want.’ We’ll race him in the sires stakes, then give him a little breather. He’s eligible for the Breeders Crown, the Governor’s Cup and a bunch of them. We’ll take it one step at a time.”
In the $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot, Bettis unleashed a determined uncovered bid that carried him to victory in a career-best 1:53.3 for Dan Rawlings. Ellisarro Hanover followed Bettis’ cover to be second, a neck back, while Big And Little completed the ticket. David Wade trains the 8-year-old son of Sierra Kosmos-SJ’s Shad Roe, who now boasts $387,970 in lifetime earnings, and owns with William F. Peel and Gerald Brittingham.
Wednesday’s card at The Meadows features four divisions of an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters, with the splits going as the first four races. First post is 6:55 p.m. Related Articles :