09/05/2014 11:15AM

Harrah’s Philly: Beach Gal capable of the PASS Championship upset

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Beach Gal looks like a prime contender in Sunday's Sire Stakes Final.

Nowadays the name of trainer David Menary immediately brings to mind top 3-year-old colt pacer He’s Watching, but his barn is far from a one horse show. On Sunday the 10th ranked conditioner on the earnings leaderboard sends out Beach Gal looking for the upset in the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship for 3-year-old fillies, one of four such rich finals for sophomores on the Harrah’s Philadelphia card.

Beach Gal has made a good living in 2014 while posting an 11-3-5-0 record and earning $189,966. While those statistics are solid, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has still left his trainer wanting more.

“She’s had a good year but hasn’t won the big one,” said Menary, who was quick to add, “I don’t think we’ve seen the best of her yet.”

It is hard to fault Beach Gal’s form. She won a conditioned event two start back at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:49 3/5 and followed the effort up with a hard-charging second-place finish behind Gettingreadytoroll in the Simcoe in 1:49 4/5 over the same oval last week.

“If she is second over she was a winner for sure,” said Menary of his filly’s bad racing luck to be third over and stuck behind less than ideal cover.

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Beach Gal faces no easy task in race 12 on Sunday when she tackles the once beaten Sandbetweenurtoes. The Larry Remmen trainee is perfect in eight starts this year and sports a major stakes victory in the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands. Regular driver Brett Miller is in the bike from post one while Tim Tetrick will steer Beach Gal from post three.

Neither filly is known for their early speed, but the race should set up nicely with Allstar Rating (PP5), Southwind Silence (PP6), and Weeper (PP7) all expected to be getting into the early action.

Menary admits that Sandbetweenurtoes is an exceptional talent. That said, he knows what he has in Beach Gal. “If anybody is going to beat [Sandbetweenurtoes], I think it will be my filly,” said Menary.

The stellar card, which gets underway at 12:40 p.m., also features a matchup between Father Patrick and Nuncio in the 3-year-old trotting colt championship, race 11 on the 14-race card. Father Patrick is fresh off a win in the Zweig at Vernon Downs and will start from post seven with Yannick Gingras in the bike.

Top second-year colt pacer McWicked makes his final prep before the Little Brown Jug in the 10th race. He drew pylon position for regular pilot David Miller and was installed as the 2-1 early choice.

The first of the four $260K finals is the filly trotting division. Hambletonian Oaks winner Lifetime Pursuit could tip off a big day for Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter by scoring her fifth consecutive victory. The daughter of Cantab Hall starts from post five.

Although He’s Watching will not be on the track on Sunday, Menary reports that the top ranked sophomore pacer is doing well after his second-place finish in the Cane Pace at Tioga Downs on September 1.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of him. He went the fastest last quarter of the day and no one else on the card was closing well that day,” said Menary of the Cane Pace effort where He’s Watching was a fast closing second from a tough spot.

Menary said He’s Watching’s next start will come in the Little Brown Jug on September 18 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

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