08/13/2016 2:41PM

The Meadows: Celebrity Eventsy rolls in Moni Maker; Burke bags both Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

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Chris Gooden
There was no catching Celebrity Eventsy in Saturday's Moni Maker at The Meadows

Celebrity Eventsy, fresh off a third-place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks, controlled the tempo and trotted away in the stretch to easily capture the $147,500 Moni Maker for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows in 1:54 1/5.  There were also a pair of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes races for 3-year-old colt pacers on the card, and they were won by Ron Burke trainees Check Six and Manhattan Beach.

Driven by John Campbell, Celebrity Eventsy moved through from her post one starting spot to take the field through fractions of 28, 58, and 1:26, using a parked-out Double Exposure (Tim Tetrick) as a pick on the outside to assist against any potential threats up the backstretch.  Celebrity Eventsy began to pull clear on the final bend, and she was fully in command through the stretch, reaching the finish line a length and a half to the good over Flowers N Songs (Matt Kakaley).  Southwind Hope (David Miller) was up for third.

“Once I got everybody seated, she got a middle half that was uncontested,” Campbell said. “As long as no one was coming, I wasn’t going to step on the gas until they did. She responded really well. I think she’ll have a good rest of the year.

“There are really nice fillies in her division, but I think she’s in the top three. She beat All The Time and Broadway Donna in the elimination for the Oaks, so she’s right there with those fillies.”

Staffan Lind trains Celebrity Eventsy, a daughter of Manofmanymissions, for owner Celebrity Farms LLC.  This was her eighth win from 18 career starts, and she has now earned $413,988.  The 1-2 favorite, she paid $3 to win.

As for the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contests, Check Six (Yannick Gingras) took the first $80,380 flight by three-quarters of a length in 1:51 4/5.  He was in charge through stations of 27 1/5, 56 1/5, and 1:24 2/5, then held off fellow Burke trainee Fernando Hanover (Matt Kakaley) through the stretch to win.  Big Top Hanover (David Miller) completed the top three and a sweep of the trifecta by the Burke barn.

“He’s raced against some good colts, and he’s got some good results,” Gingras said. “He hasn’t been able to get to the winner’s circle, but he’s a really good horse. I really like him.”

Check Six, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere, is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., William Switala, and James Martin.  Check Six won for the tenth time in his life, and he has now banked $739,922.  Sent off at 3-5, Check Six returned $3.

In the other $80,380 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contest, Western Fame (Gingras) hit the opening quarter in 26 3/5 and the half in 55, but Manhattan Beach (Kakaley) came with a first-over blitz up the backstretch, and he was the leader on the outside at the 1:22 1/5 three-quarters.  The top two continued their side-by-side battle into the stretch, but Manhattan Beach drew off late to prevail by 2 1/2 lengths in a new lifetime-best clocking of 1:49 2/5.  Another Daily Copy (Tony Hall) was up for second over Western Fame.

A gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere, Manhattan Beach is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Geoffrey Lyons Mound, and Wingfield Brothers LLC.  Manhattan Beach, who was second to Control The Moment in last week's Cane Pace, picked up his fourth career victory, and he has put away $350,412.  An 8-5 shot, Manhattan Beach paid $5.40.

“He’s getting better and better,” noted Kakaley. “He raced awesome (in the Cane Pace). He was second from last in a 12-horse field and finished second. He probably raced better than anything in that race that day, and today he followed up with another good one. He’s sharp.”

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--