06/24/2012 10:36AM

Harness: Googoo Gaagaa sets world record for trotters at Pocono

Ken Weingartner
Trainer Richard Hans and driver Corey Callahan pose with 3-year-old trotter Googoo Gaagaa after his world-record 1:50 4/5 mile at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs.

You could say speed kills. And indeed it did on a  historic night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs on Saturday as trotter Googoo Gaagaa blew away the field in the $500,000 Earl Beal Memorial in a world-record 1:50 4/5 mile.

A son of  pacing stallion Cams Rocket, Googoo Gaagaa eclipsed his own world record for 3-year-olds set a week earlier and shattered the all-age mark set by  champion Arch Madness of 1:51 in the process.

With $500,000 up for grabs, driver Corey Callahan was able to drive into third position in the early stages as Stormin Normand sprinted to the front in a 27 1/5 opening quarter. Callahan moved his horse  to the front well before the half and was never seriously threatened from that point  while cutting fractions of 55 2/5, 1:22 3/5, and finishing  1 ¼ lengths  in front of Stormin Normand on the line. Little Brown Fox, the lone colt in the Jimmy Takter three-ply entry to stay flat, finished third.

Owned and trained by Richard Hans, Googoo Gaagaa will go next to Yonkers, where eliminations are scheduled for Saturday for the Yonkers Trot. At this point it’s hard to predict how many trotters are willing to test this colt anywhere he goes, let alone around a half-mile  track.

The biggest race next week on “Sun Stakes” night at Pocono is likely to be the $500,000 Ben Franklin for aged pacers. George Brennan made a cameo appearance at the five-eighths mile track on Saturday night and proved victorious in both $50,000 Franklin elimination heats.

First he hopped aboard Aracache Hanover from post 8 and managed a huge overland mile wearing down pacesetting Bettor Sweet and then holding off a challenge from Meirs Hanover. The 5-year-old Aracache Hanover posted a career-best 1:48 1/5 clocking. Bettor Sweet held on for third and will advance to the final along with Clear Vision and fifth-place finisher Razzle Dazzle.

The second Brennan score was a bit more predictable as he piloted last year’s Messenger Stakes winner  Betterthancheddar to a perfect second over trip from the rail position. The  4-year-old Betterthancheddar followed a determined We Will See the final five-eighths of a mile and then overpowered him in the stretch. Foiled Again made two moves to control the pace and did get a “soft”  55 1/5 opening half but proved powerless in the stretch to stall the top pair. The mile, paced in 1:48 3/5, was a personal best by the winner.

Rockincam finished fourth and advanced to the final.

Three $25,000 eliminations were held for the June 30 Max Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers.

The most spectacular of the three came in the second division when Hurrikane Kingcole verified that the speed he showed after making a costly break in the North America Cup trials two weeks ago at Mohawk was in fact real. Driver Tim Tetrick,  who  took a  helicopter  over from the Meadowlands for the race, found he had more horsepower on the racetrack in the form of this son of Cams Card Shark.

Hurrikane Kingcole sat off first quarter fraction of 26 1/5 set by McErlean but was on the move before the half and exploded to take control shortly after the 55 2/5 half- mile clocking had been posted. From there he paced back-to-back  26 1/5 and  26 3/5 quarters en route to a 1:48 1/5 world-record effort.

It was only the second win in five starts this year for the unlucky Hurrikane Kingcole,  trained by John McDermott.

Driver Mark MacDonald showed up for just one drive at Pocono on Saturday and it was a winning one behind Bolt The Duer in another $25,000 Hempt elimination heat. MacDonald waited as patiently as he could,  then sent his colt past pacesetter Allstar Legend passing the halfway point. Bolt The Duer paced his final half in  53 3/5,  turning back a determined bid by A Rocknroll Dance and then holding pocket-sitter Allstar Legend at bay safely in the 1:48 3/5 career-best effort. Peter Foley trains Bolt The Duer for All Star Racing Inc.

Like Hurrikane Kingcole, I Fought Dalaw had a disappointing trip in the North America Cup trials. He rebounded nicely in the first Hempt stanza posting what seemed at the time to be a fast 1:49 3/5 clocking.

As much as Googoo  Gaagaa has set himself apart from his peers in the 3-year-old colt trotting class, American Jewel’s stature continues to grow in the 3-year-old pacing filly ranks. Fresh off a world-record performance in the Fan Hanover last Saturday at Mohawk, the American Ideal-sired American Jewel  scorched the Pocono surface in a wicked 1:49 2/5 clocking pacing home in 26 2/5 and leaving her one-time close rival Economy Terror in the dust for the third straight week. The victory by America Jewel in one of two $20,000 eliminations of the James Lynch Memorial was effortless.

The first Lynch elimination had a much closer finish with Darena Hanover coming up the inside to pass pacesetting Sarandon Blue Chip for the upset. The 1:50 2/5 mile, a full second slower than the second elimination, saw Major Look throw in a clunker. The conqueror of American Jewel in her first start of the year, Major Look was driven in ultra-conservative fashion by Jeff Gregory but still had a chance to win in the stretch with no pop.

This Saturday's "Sun Stakes” program includes the $500,000 Ben Franklin, the $350,000 Max Hempt Memorial,  as well as the $300,000 James Lynch Memorial.