09/02/2017 4:17PM

The Meadows: Pennsylvania Stallion Series champions crowned

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Chris Gooden
Hockey Hanover lit the lamp in the PA Stallion Series final for 2-year-old male trotters today at The Meadows

Two- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits were in action in eight $40,000 finals of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows.

The rookie colt trotters kicked off the card, and Hockey Hanover (Wilbur Yoder) came out of the two-hole against 1-5 favorite Mississippi Storm (Andy Miller) at the top of the stretch and went by him late to pull a 7-1 upset in a lifetime-best 1:55 4/5.

“With the seven post, I thought we had to go,” said Yoder. “We were lucky to get a spot. I moved him after that, and he did the rest. He felt comfortable the whole way. He’s tough.”

Hockey Hanover, an Explosive Matter gelding, is also trained by Yoder for owner McMullen Stable LLC.  Hockey Hanover, a $10,000 buy at the Standardbred Horse Sale, won for the ninth time from 11 career starts, and he has now earned $77,869.  Hockey Hanover, who paid $18.20 to win, is out of the Donato Hanover mare Hotentrot Hanover, a three-quarter sister Grana Padanno (Andover Hall $190,989).

Sidewalk Dancer (Tim Tetrick) was 1-5 in the 2-year-old filly pace final, and she would work her way into the lead from post eight just past the 27 1/5 opening quarter.  She wouldn't be challenged beyond that marker, going on to win by about three lengths in 1:53 3/5, and picking up both a new lifetime mark and a stakes record.

“She’s learning to be a racehorse, and she’s got plenty left,” Tetrick said. “I think she’ll be able to carry her speed a long way, and I think she’ll be good the late part of this season.”

Chris Oakes trains Sidewalk Dancer, a filly from the first crop of A Rocknroll Dance, for owners Northfork Racing Stable, Omar Beiler, and Dennis Coons.  This was her fifth victory from seven attempts, and she pushed her bankroll to $54,560.  Bred by White Birch Farm, Sidewalk Dancer was taken out of the Standardbred Horse Sale for $11,000 and is out of the Life Sign mare Road Sign, making Sidewalk Dancer a half-sister to Domethatagain (Bettor's Delight, $1,153,544).  Sidewalk Dancer returned $2.60 to win.

Bone A Fide Babe (Dan Rawlings), an 8-1 shot, came first-over and wore down leader Perfect Image (Aaron Merriman) through the stretch drive, then held off a late bid from Explosive G (Yoder) to capture the final for 2-year-old trotting fillies in 1:58 2/5.

“She was on the right line so bad in her last start that I didn’t dare keep her on the outside and risk her running,” said Rawlings. “She’s still not quite 100 percent, but she was better.”

Trainer Steve Bush also co-owns the victorious Cantab Hall filly with partners Alvira and Dennis Fassett.  Bone A Fide Babe, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. and fetched $20,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, now has a trio of triumphs and has put away $40,540.  Bone A Fide Babe is out of the S J's Photo mare Bone A Fide ($314,151).  Bone A Fide Babe paid $18.80 to win.

In the final for 2-year-old colt pacers, even-money choice Like Clockwork (Mike Wilder) led through fractions of 27 3/5, 57, and 1:25 4/5, but was overtaken by first-over Iluvtomakemoney (Tony Hall) on the far turn.  Like Clockwork fought back in the lane, though, rallying by Iluvtomakemoney to score by half a length in 1:54.

“Mike said he didn’t see that other horse at all,” indicated trainer Tim Twaddle. “Once he saw that other horse, he took back off. I’ll have to monkey with his bridle a little bit. He has the Keystone Classic, the Simpson and the Liberty Bell. He’s eligible for the Breeders Crown, but we’ll take it one week at a time.”

Like Clockwork, a gelding by Ponder, is now five-for-five with a bankroll of $53,400 for Twaddle and owner/breeder Birnam Wood Farms.  Like Clockwork is the first foal out of the Mach Three mare Macharoundtheclock ($501,013) and returned $4.20 to win.

Filly trotters kicked off the finals for 3-year-olds, and 5-1 Dressed To Impress (David Miller) was up in the stretch out of the pocket to win by about a length over 2-5 favorite Itsgoodbequeen (Wilder) in 1:55 1/5.

“The trips have always been working out,” Miller said. “The favorite covered her up, and I was thinking second. But when I moved her over at the top of the lane, she trotted right on.”

Timothy Lancaster trains Dressed To Impress, a daughter of Andover Hall, for owner Andrea Lea Racingstablesinc.  This was Dressed To Impress's fourth career win, and she has now pocketed $55,380.  She paid $13.00 to win.Chris GoodenThisguyisonfire went from worst to first

18-1 Perseverance (Dave Palone) chopped out panels of 27 3/5, 57 2/5, 1:26 3/5 in the 3-year-old colt trot, but 7-5 favorite Thisguyisonfire gave David Miller his second straight final winner as he rallied from last to first in the final quarter, scoring in 1:56 1/5.

“Dave said he had to watch him a little bit at the gate,” said trainer Jim Campbell. “Once he got going, he got set. Thankfully, he was good enough to overcome everything.”

Thisguyisonfire is a Yankee Glide colt trained by Campbell for owner Fashion Farms LLC.  Winless in five starts as a rookie, he is six-for-12 this year with $87,071 banked lifetime.  He returned $4.80 to win.

Freakonomics (Tetrick) didn't disappoint her legion of backers in the 3-year-old filly pace final, delivering in 1:52 as the 1-9 choice.  She brushed from fourth to first on the way to the 56 1/5 half and went on to defeat Beach Club (Matt Kakaley) by about three lengths.

“I think she’ll be really good in stakes on a half-mile track,” Tetrick said. “She’s handy, she’s quick, and she likes to win races.”

A daughter of Western Terror, Freakonomics is trained by Ross Croghan for co-owner/breeder Let It Ride Stables Inc. and co-owner Dana Parham.  This was her ninth career victory, and she has now earned $140,298.  Freakonomics paid $2.20 to win.

1-2 favorite Donttellmeagain completed a hat trick for Tetrick by claiming the final for 3-year-old colt pacers in a stakes record 1:50 3/5.  Donttellmeagain came first-up to battle with Jo Pa's Somebeach (Palone) around the last turn, then overhauled him in the lane before he pulled away to score by nearly three lengths.

“We still have the Liberty Bell, the Keystone Classic and the Simpson,” trainer Jim King said. “We’ll probably do this. He has a chip in an ankle, so we’ll take that out when the season’s done. We’re planning on bringing him back. The long-term goal was to get him through this season as good as possible and see what kind of horse he can make. That’s why we didn’t put him in with the sires stake horses.”

King trains Donttellmeagain, a gelded son of Dragon Again, for owner Paton Racing Stables Inc.  Donttellmeagain, third in this year's Hempt Memorial at Pocono, sports a record of 13-2-3 from 18 trips behind the gate, and he has banked $209,960.  He returned $3.00 to win.

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--