Posts Tagged ‘Galleria’

Stallion Series offers big return to bettors on Sunday card

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

For a track with a 47.8% winning favorites rate heading into Sunday’s program, May 17th, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered some tasty win mutuels on well-pedigreed horses in the first three of the four $20,000 divisions of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for three-year-old pacing colts.

The chalkplayers finally had their moment in the spotlight in the fourth and final division, and even in that event favored Parklane Eagle had a couple of anxious moments before winning in a personal best 1:51 for driver David Miller and trainer Peter Foley. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, owned by Shirley Le Vin, had controlled the early pace with fractions of 26.4 and 55.1, but 47-1 shot Kwik Mac gave the frontstepper something to think about as he got to within a neck at the 1:23.1 3/4s. Parklane Eagle shrugged off that challenge though, and by the wire he had that rival 3¾ lengths in arrears of him.

Hall of Fame driver Miller also brought in the “best bet for the odds” winner of the four, a horse with impeccable connections making his first start of the year for trainer Jim Campbell. Gallic Beach is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Western Gallie, whose dam Galleria (herself a champion racemare) has also produced the unlucky Gallie Bythe Sea, a Breeders Crown elimination winner at two and three who through misfortune got to start in neither final. And Gallic Beach was ready right out of the box, setting the pace and blazing home in 54.3 to earn a new speed badge of 1:51.4 for owner/breeder Fashion Farms LLC – and returning a generous $15.40.

Sire Somebeachsomwhere had a third Stallion Series winner in Guantanamo Bay, who overcame the first-over route to hang a head loss on Jo Pa’s Well Said, flying late after coming from sixth at the half, to take a new mark of 1:52 for driver Mike Simons, at 11-1 odds, highest return on the four winners. Trainer Fred Grant, a native of Nova Scotia, conditions the winner for owners from his native province, James Bagnell and Ann Smith.

It’s rare to get 5-1 at Pocono on the track’s eight-time driving champion George Napolitano Jr., and even rarer if “GNap” is teaming with top trainer Chris Oakes. But the backers of the McArdle gelding Mckenry got just such a windfall in his division, as the pacesetting winner got a nontaxing half in 57, then flew home in 55 for “GNap” to hold off “ANap” (his brother Anthony) and hard-charging Angelo J Fra by a half-length, with the 1:52 final package giving each series winner a rewritten speed mark. Mckenry won for Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich, Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises, and the Wheelhouse Racing Stable.

The Stallion Series’ four winners reflect the purpose of Pennsylvania’s ”little brother” to the Sire Stakes – it gives a chance for horses not quite yet at the top a chance to race competitively for good money. Parkland Eagle had three lifetime wins coming into his race – which was the exact total of the other three winners combined. But after four miles in 1:52 or better, one of more of the visitors to Victory Lane Sunday at The Downs could be stepping up to battle the “big boys” as they develop.

Gallie Bythe Beach Stays Unbeaten in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Action at Pocono

Monday, August 12th, 2013

August 7, 2013

Gallie Bythe Beach continued her impressive career-opening winning streak with a hard-fought victory to highlight Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on Wednesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were four Sire Stakes races held for 2-year-old fillies on the pace, with purses ranging from $68,333 to $68,734.

Gallie Bythe Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria), who came into Wednesday night’s action with wins in each of her first four lifetime starts, took to the front end around the first turn and was still there at the end by a head after a tough stretch battle. John Campbell drove Gallie Bythe Beach, the 1-5 favorite, for Jim Campbell as the filly won in 1:52:4. Southwind Silence made it close late with a furious inside rally, while Beach Body finished third.

In other Sire Stakes action, Stucklikeglue (Dragon Again-Ruth Plumsted) picked up a memorable maiden victory with a pylon-skimming ride to zip by the leaders late. Matt Kakaley did the driving for trainer Ron Burke, as Stucklikeglue turned her sixth lifetime start into her first career win by a half-length in 1:53:1 at 7-1. Sister Stroll finished second while 6-5 favorite Rusty’s Bliss faded to third after leading most of the way.

Extra Desire (Art Official-R Burning Desire) continued the trend of maidens surprising in the Sire Stakes with a late-kicking victory in the second division at 12-1. Tyler Buter was in the bike for trainer Paul Kennedy as Extra Desire scored in her third career start in 1:52:4. Bahama Blue finished second while One Jazzy Lady picked up the show. The 4-5 favorite Put On A Display coughed up the lead late and finished fifth.

Tyra (McArdle-Perrilla) used front-pacing speed to capture the final division comfortably by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:52:4. With Tim Tetrick in the bike for trainer Joann Looney-King, Tyra, the 8-5 second choice, went all the way on the front end for her third victory in just four career races. 6-5 favorite Also Encouraging had to settle for best of the rest while Quick Thrill came on for third.


Freshmen Filly Pacers Race in Pennsylvania All Stars at Pocono

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

July 2, 2013

Driver Corey Callahan and trainer Michael Hall hooked up for a pair of wins in Pennsylvania All Stars action for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Tuesday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. There were five divisions of the races held, with each carrying a purse of $30,000.

Callahan and Hall first won with Rusty’s Bliss (Four Starzzz Shark-Rusty’s Joy), who scored in 1:54:1. Later in the evening the pair won again with Palm Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Duncans Artsplace), who won her split in 1:54:1.

Other Pennsylvania All Stars winners on Tuesday night at Pocono were: That Woman Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere-Sub Rosa Hanover), driven by Mike Wilder and trained by Dan Altmeyer, in 1:54; Gallie Bythe Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Galleria), driven by John Campbell and trained by Jim Campbell, in 1:52; and Sister Stroll (Art Official-So Western), driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Brian Brown, in 1:54:2.

Kakaley Scores Twice in Stallion Series at Pocono

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

August 10, 2012

Driver Matt Kakaley won two of the four Stallion Series divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies that were held on Friday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Each of the four divisions carried a purse of $20,000.

Kakaley won the first split with Frontierpan (No Pan Intended-Disneypan), who is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Peter Pan Stables, in the night’s fastest Stallion Series time of 1:51:1. He also won later with Campanile (No Pan Intended-Artsplace), another Peter Pan Stables-owned filly who is trained by Erv Miller, in 1:52.

The other two Stallion Series splits were won by Hallie Gallie (Village Jolt-Galleria), owned by Cheri Clarke, trained by Bruce Clarke, and driven by Joe Pavia Jr., in 1:52:2, and Sangaal (Real Desire-Burning Point), owned by Kenneth Solomon, trained by Chris Ryder, and driven by George Napolitano Jr., in 1:52.