Wilkes-Barre, PA---Three eliminations were held Saturday night (June 21) for both the Max Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old open pacers and the James Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
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|Mcwicked won his Hempt elim in 1:48.|
In the third of three $25,000 Max Hempt Memorial eliminations, heavy favorite McWicked was stung early by Bushwhacker, but the son of McArdle had "mcwicked" reserves of energy, winning easily in 1:48.
The time missed the divisional world record of Bolt The Duer and Sunshine Beach by a mere tick and set a season’s record.
Driver David Miller moved the Casie Coleman trainee from third to the lead after the 26.1, but early frontrunner Bushwhacker forced McWicked to spend the second quarter on the outside before ceding the inside in 53. McWicked went on to the three-quarters in 1:21, and was coasting late to win by 5-¾ lengths, with Bushwhacker holding for second over Stevensville behind McWicked, winning for the S S G Stables of New York.
|All Bets Off won his Hempt elim in 1:48.3, one of two elim winners (At Press Time) for driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke.|
Earlier, trainer Burke and driver Matt Kakaley had teamed to account for the other two Hempt elims, first with longshot At Press Time in 1:48.2 and then with favored All Bets Off in 1:48.3. Both times Kakaley rallied from the pocket for the victory, with At Press Time in front of Limelight Beach and Allstar Partner, who was fourth-placed-third after Always B Miki was disqualified from third for interference, while All Bets Off finished ahead of Cammikey and Sometimes Said.
All Bets Off, by Bettor's Delight, is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stable Corp. and Rosemary Shelswell. At Press Time is trained by Burke for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi.
The top three from each elim come back for the Hempt final next Saturday on the $2.3 million Sun Stakes Saturday card in a week.
|Weeper (6) edged Gallie Bythe Beach to win her Lynch elim in 1:49.|
Weeper, Fancy Desire, Cinamony take Lynch elims
Weeper and Fancy Desire came within one-fifth of a second of the divisional world record of I Luv The Nitelife in winning their respective $20,000 eliminations for the $300,000 James Lynch Pace for sophomore fillies in 1:49, while Cinamony went the mile of her life to upset last year’s Breeders Crown champion Uffizi Hanover in 1:50.3 in the third cut.
The Real Desire filly Fancy Desire, dismissed at 8-1, went to the front past the 26.1 opener for driver George Napolitano Jr., and was in control thereafter, putting up middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.2 en route to a 4-½ length victory over 167-1 shot My Lady Day, with pocket horse Southwind Silence holding for the show and a Lynch final spot.
|Fancy Desire was a 1:49 winner in her Lynch elim.|
Fancy Desire is trained by Kevin Carr for owner Robert Di Nozzi of New York.
In the first Lynch cut, trainer Kelly O’Donnell had the Allamerican Native filly Weeper sharp despite having had only one race in the last 29 days, rallying from the pocket for driver Dave Palone to catch the rocketing pacesetter Gallie Bythe Beach (26.1, 54, 1:21) late by a half-length, with Sayitall BB holding for show after a raw journey.
Weeper is owned by the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Pennsylvania.
Cinamony tasted Grand Circuit victory for the first time as she overcame a first-over trip to defeat Uffizi Hanover while taking a new mark. A daughter of Art Official trained by Alexander Rice Jr. for his father, Alexander Sr., and Michael Horn, Cinamony launched her raw bid in midrace after Uffizi Hanover was parked past the 26.2 quarter and had secured the lead before the 54.4 half, ranged up to the 3-5 chalk by the 1:23 three-quarters, then drew off to a 2-1/4-length victory, with Also Encouraging saving the show and a ticket to the Lynch final.