CHESTER PA – With the start of the stakes season for two-year-olds swiftly approaching, some talented freshmen were out for preparatory action at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.
On the pacing side, driver Allan Davis and trainer Mike Hall shared honors with driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., as both duos had two filly wins and a colt victory. Davis/Hall had the fastest winner on each sex, with 1:56.2 miles, the first coming with the Always B Miki – Barbuda Babe gelding Grand Cayman, who made a break in his first outing but minded his manners in a 1:56.2 wire-to-wire win with a :28 last quarter. Hall co-owns the freshman with CTC Stable and Howard Taylor.
King/Tetrick kept pace among the males with the Sweet Lou – Aries Angel colt Sweet Angel Boy, home in 27.4 in a 2:00 tally for owner Jo Ann Looney-King.
Tetrick/King countered, first with Somebeachsomewhere – Bettor Than Silk distaff Lyons Softassilk, who closed from far back in :27.2 to win in 1:57.1 for Threelyonsracing, and then with 1:56.2 winner Sniper Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous – Snippet Hanover who became the only baby of the day to post a second qualifying win. Jo Ann Looney-King co-owns this promising baby with Tim Tetrick LLC.
The Jim Campbell barn finished first in both events for young trotting males, with Jeremy Morrison guiding both two-year-olds to the wins. Take All Comers, a Creatine - Nantab colt, went wire-to-wire in a 1:58.3 win for Runthetable Stables; the Muscle Hill – Cocktail Hour colt Cricket Fashion raced behind slow fractions, then came on to win in 2:05 for Fashion Farms LLC.
Fastest two-year-old trotting filly was the Explosive Matter – La Boheme miss Lexa Hanover, who threw successive :29.1 back quarters for the 2:00.1 victory for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and the partnership of LeBlanc Racing Inc., Douglas Johnson, and Glenn Dyke.
A final qualifying note: the Googoo Gaagaa sophomore trotting colt Yall Beneath Me was undefeated in seven Maryland stakes starts at two – by a combined margin of 133¾ lengths, or an average of just over 19 lengths per race. Yall Beneath Me won at first asking at three for driver Russell Foster and owner/trainer Richard Hans – but was only 11½ lengths clear of the field at the end of his 1:57.2 victory.