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Sonnet Grace swiftest of all at Pocono
Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - by PHHA/Pocono

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Wilkes-Barre, PA --- Two-year-old trotting fillies faced “sloppy” going at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday (July 10), racing in five $30,000 divisions of their Pennsylvania All-Stars stake.

The fastest winner was the homebred Sonnet Grace for owner/trainer/driver Rod Allen and the 1:56.2 clocking despite the off going is certainly “in the pedigree,” as the Muscle Massive filly is out of I Believe, an Andover Hall mare out of C R Kay Suzie.

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Sonnet Grace wins in 1:56.2 on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Sonnet Grace, a 1:58.1 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner at The Meadows in her previous start, lowered her mark with her All-Stars win, but she had to work hard for it, showing a big acceleration in the Pocono Pike in the last 50 yards to just nose out Rush Lane, who had grinded to the lead earlier in the stretch.

The 1:56.2 clocking was not only a divisional season’s record for a five-eighths mile track, it also beat the colts’ standard of 1:56.4 notched the day before by Prospect Hill and Fashion Possessed in their All-Stars wins.

Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras twice combined with daughters of Muscle Hill to begin paying back on hefty yearling prices. First up was The Ice Dutchess, a $320,000 purchase and a full sister to $519,413 winner Ice Attraction (their dam is The Ice Queen), who controlled the pace and took a half-length victory over first-over Scirocco Donnahill in 1:57.1. The Ice Dutchess had previously recorded a 1:56.4 qualifying win at The Meadowlands for Coyote Wynd Farms.

A bit later, the $480,000 yearling Beautiful Sin (Muscle Hill – Sina) made a beautiful debut, quarter-moving for Gingras and staying strong to the wire to win by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:58.1. Beautiful Sin had previously notched three straight morning wins at The Meadowlands, the fastest in 1:56.2, for SRF Stable.

Matt Kakaley was able to rally Fate Smiled from the pocket to a head victory in 1:58.4, just catching pacesetting Fraulein Blucher (Cantab Hall-Frau Blucher). Fate Smiled is a Muscle Massive filly out of $521,127 winner For A Dancer who had won her previous start in a division of the same sire stakes event at The Meadows earlier mentioned in 1:58. Ron Burke trains her for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby and Michelle Yanek.

Fate Smiled was a 9-5 second choice and the first three winners listed here were their race’s favorites.

The upsetter in the All-Stars on Tuesday was 12-1 shot Sabrina Deo, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of the $518, 263 winner Caught My Eye, who moved out from the pocket at headstretch and caught pacesetter Fast Reaction by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.3 in her purse bow. Corey Callahan was in the sulky for trainer John Butenschoen and the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc., Rojan Stables, and Tangie Massie.

The winner had been twice second in a.m. outings before this win, and she completed a “grandsire sweep” for Muscles Yankee. Muscle Hill sired three winners and Muscle Massive two.

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