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Pennsylvania Stallion Series culminate at Philly
Monday, September 03, 2018 - from PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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Chester, PA --- Harrah’s Philadelphia hosted eight $40,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series finals for 2- and 3-year-olds on Monday afternoon (Sept. 3).

2-Year-Old Filly Trot

The Explosive Matter-Nan’s Conway filly Navarone Hanover was reserved off a hot pace by driver Tim Tetrick, rallied three-wide on the far turn, then trotted off to an easy two-length victory in 1:57, giving her a new speed badge. This filly has been a model of consistency for trainer Bob Baggitt Jr. and owner Christine Baggitt, with four wins and two seconds in six starts. Southwind Storm, who won all four of her prelims and would have been only the third Stallion Series entrant to complete a sweep of the prelims and Championship, got caught first-over in the fast pace and couldn’t contend in the last quarter.

2-Year-Old Colt Trot

Ray Paver recorded his first local victory since 2010 as he ran the recent record of the Muscle Massive–Sister Kate colt Kate’s Massive to five-for-six by winning in 1:55.4, a new record and only a tick off the stakes mark of Two AM. Kate’s Massive went up to challenge the fractious speedball Final Claim down the back, and when that foe made a break on the far turn, the way home was easy for Kate’s Massive, 3-3/4 lengths clear for owner Harry Horowitz.

2-Year-Old Filly Pace

The Somebeachsomewhere–Tulu Hanover filly Trillions Hanover was the fastest winner in the last preliminary round at 1:52.4, and today she lowered that personal best by a tick as she was a two-length winner. Brett Miller moved the winner, now 6-4-2-0 in her brief career, to the lead in front of the stands, and she came home in :55.2-:27.1 while well in command. Tom Fanning conditions Trillions Hanover for Fanning Racing LLC, VIP Internet Stable LLC and J L Benson Stables Inc.

2-Year-Old Colt Pace

Captain Panko completed a Somebeachsomewhere sweep of the freshman pacing sections when he gamely held off Sweet Troy by a neck in 1:53.4. Starting from post eight, Captain Panko and Corey Callahan were wide early and on top at the quarter, but then had the chalk come at him at the five-eighths and gain a short advantage the rest of the backstretch and into the turn. But Captain Panko refused to give way and held gamely to the finish to win for trainer John Butenschoen and the ownership of Harmony Oaks Racing Stable Inc. and William Wiswell.

3-Year-Old Filly Trot

The Stallion Series sophomore filly ranks would be the last to yield a point leader going on to win the final, but Donato Hanover miss Follow Streak stepped up to be the first to wear that mantle, as she left her foes four lengths behind in 1:55.1. Perfect in three Stallion Series start to tie for the points lead entering the final, Follow Streak roared uncovered down the backstretch to the lead before the three-quarters for driver Andy Miller, then won easily for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Lawrence Dumain.

3-Year-Old Colt Trot

Two of the three Team Orange Crush coupled entrants who were sent off at 1-9 waged a strong battle through the stretch, and in the end, the Cantab Hall gelding Max’s Beast made the most of his pocket trip for Yannick Gingras, catching Im Your Captain, piloted by Andy Miller and parked a long way for the lead, by a head in 1:53.3, a lifetime best in a mile featuring a :56.2 back half. Max’s Beast is on quite a roll, with five wins and a pair of seconds in his last seven trips to the gate, for trainer Julie Miller, completing an Orange Crush sweep of the Stallion Series 3-year-old trot events, and the ownership of the Andy Miller Stable Inc. and Harvey Eisman.

3-Year-Old Filly Pace

Real Fine gave driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke their second Stallion Series final win of the afternoon. Real Fine, forced to take the pocket early by a hard-leaving Zuluwarriorhanover, was able to outgun that filly up the inside, winning by three-quarters of a length in a personal best of 1:52.1. Burke Racing Stable Inc., Weaver Bruscemi LLC and M1 Stables own the successful daughter of Bettor’s Delight, now a winner in half of her fourteen 2018 starts, including three Stallion Series prelims.

3-Year-Old Colt Pace

Go West Go Fast was hustled right to the top by driver Matt Kakaley, set the pace while withstanding a stiff first-over challenge from Bobby K Hill, then went on with fortitude to beat the potential pocket rocket Terror Atthe Beach by a nose in 1:51.3. The triumphant son of Western Ideal now shows four wins in his last eight starts for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

This is the tenth anniversary of the Stallion Series, designed to give Pennsylvania-sired horses who were still developing or perhaps just below the top-line horses a chance to earn good money. The program began with 2-year-olds in 2009; since the program did not exist when the 3-year-olds of 2009 first had to pay in, their Stallion Series action began a year later.

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