06/10/2017 2:29PM

The Meadows: Filly pacers clash in Pennsylania Sire Stakes events

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Chris Gooden
It's rare to catch a Ron Burke winner at 20-1, but Pittstop Danika was just that today

Pittstop Danika, Caviart Ally, and Glassine Hanover all picked up their first stakes wins of the season when they won the trio of $48,601 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old pacing fillies Saturday afternoon at The Meadows.

Tica Hanover (Aaron Merriman) led through fractions of 27, 55 3/5, and 1:23 in the first split, but Pittstop Danika (Mike Wilder), who was eighth and last at three-quarters, rallied with a 28 3/5 final panel to get up for a half-length victory in 1:52 4/5.  Dr J's Kiss (Andrew McCarthy) was second and Gigi From Fiji (Corey Callahan) finished third.

“She raced vicious last week off the pace,” Wilder said, “so I wanted to wait as long as I could and see if she could have a good kick. That was the game plan going in — maybe not get shuffled to last. When I got her out, she just exploded.”

Ron Burke trains Pittstop Danika, a filly by Yankee Cruiser, for owners/breeders Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and M1 Stable LLC.  This was Pittstop Danika's sixth career victory, and she has now earned $107,252.  Pittstop Danika was the longest shot on the board at 20-1 and paid $42.20 to win.

In the second flight Caviart Ally (McCarthy) was the leader at the 26 3/5 opening quarter, but then she let favored Inverse Hanover (Tony Hall) clear to the top.  Inverse Hanover hit the half in 56 1/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24 3/5, but couldn't hold on in the lane as Caviart Ally came back to the outside and paced around her on her way to a 1:53 2/5 score.  Inverse Hanover had to settle for second, 1 3/4 lengths back, and Big City Betty (Callahan) came in third.

“That first quarter probably was a little faster than I would have liked,” said winning driver Andrew McCarthy. “I wasn’t really concerned because she was doing it easy enough. She’s a bigger track kind of horse. I had a little trouble getting her around the turns at Yonkers (third in the Lismore).”

Caviart Ally is a daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Noel Daley for owner Caviart Farms.  She is now a three-time winner in her life, and she boosted her bankroll to $176,822.  Caviart Ally was the 5-1 third choice and returned $12.20 to win.

3-5 choice Glassine Hanover (Tyler Smith) led all the way in the finale, posting fractions of 27, 55 2/5, and 1:23 en route to a 1:52 3/5 victory.  She just held off the first-over try of Black Jack Pat (Dave Palone) by a nose at the wire, with Gallic Sea (Hall) up for third.

“She was waiting on them a little bit,” said Smith, pinch-hitting for regular driver Trace Tetrick, who was banged up but not seriously injured in a race mishap Friday at Hoosier Park. “I kind of shut her down a little bit going into the last turn. Once she saw the other horse, she fought her off.”

The victorious Dragon Again filly is co-owneed by trained by Trent Stohler along with Benjamin Graber, Tim Graber, and Dolne Farm Services LLC.  Glassine Hanover now sports a record of 7-2-2 from 13 attempts, and she has put away $222,624.  Glassine Hanover paid $3.40 to win.

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--