from the Breeders Crown
Wilkes-Barre, PA — Tall Drink Hanover, with Andrew McCarthy steering, worked to get to the top early and went all the way to win the second of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old filly pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Friday (Oct. 19).
The opening quarter hosted a shuffle between Money Shot Hanover, Zero Tolerance and Tall Drink Hanover before McCarthy gained the lead with the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account.
The first quarter went in :26.4.
As Tall Drink Hanover led the field to a half in :56.2, race favorite Warrawee Ubeat brushed strongly to challenge on the outside, looking at first as if she could take over the lead. However, Tall Drink Hanover was steady and stubborn and best as the two were dueling into three-quarters at 1:22.4.
Zero Tolerance stepped lively into the stretch but Warrawee Ubeat could not hustle to stay with Tall Drink Hanover and began to fade and stray a bit. Another threat surfaced when from the inside Zero Tolerance hooked up with the leader for a minor duel but Tall Drink Hanover won that and finished in 1:51.3.
Beautyonthebeach got third, Warrawee Ubeat held on for fourth and Renaissance Lady K finished fifth.
Tony Alagna trains Tall Drink Hanover who won her fourth straight. Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC own Tall Drink Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms.
Tall Drink Hanover paid $7.80 to win.
Yannick Gingras drove St Somewhere to a 1:52.2 win in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-old pacing fillies.
St Somewhere watched Queen Of The Pride and Annie Hill leave quickly but Queen Of The Pride took a few bad steps and could not get the lead. Annie Hill couldn’t hold on too long racing smoothly as St Somewhere brushed first-over and took over the lead at a first quarter in :27.1.
Once on top, St Somewhere, the race favorite for trainer Ron Burke, cut the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 as Queen Of The Pride led the second tier and tried to rally with Treacherous Reign looking to go three-wide for a charge.
None of the action behind St Somewhere mattered much as the daughter of American Ideal-Somstreetsomwhere floated past the finish line to win in 1:52.2. She paid $5.20 to win.
Annie Hill got the best inside trip and finished second, while Queen Of The Pride managed to finish third after making more bad steps that cost her ground. Also making the final was fourth place finisher Prescient Beauty.
Burke Racing Stable, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Pumel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi own St Somewhere, who was bred by Crawford Farms.
Here is the draw for the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-year-old pacing filly final, to be held next Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono (*-elimination winner), followed by trainer and the driver in the elimination:
1 – Beautyonthebeach – Gregg McNair – Doug McNair
2 – *St Somewhere – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras
3 – *Tall Drink Hanover – Tony Alagna – Andrew McCarthy
4 – Warrawee Ubeaut – Ron Burke – Yannick Gingras
5 – Queen Of The Pride – Kevin Lare – Tony Hall
6 – Treacherous Reign – Tony Alagna – Scott Zeron
7 – Zero Tolerance – Joe Holloway – David Miller
8 – Prescient Beauty – Gregg McNair – Doug McNair
9 – Annie Hill – Chris Oakes – Brian Sears