08/14/2017 4:23PM

The Meadows: Sons of Somebeachsomewhere sweep in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

Chris Gooden
Both of Pedro Hanover's career victories have come in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes competition at The Meadows

A trio of $52,255 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes contests for 2-year-old pacing colts were the featured events on Monday afternoon at the Meadows, and Pedro Hanover, Karpathian Kid, and Dorsoduro Hanover, all by Somebeachsomewhere, would go home with top honors.

The complexion of the first section changed when the scratches were announced as undefeated (four-for-four) Done Well was out with an injury.  Wes Delight (Yannick Gingras) would end up as the 4-5 favorite instead, and he would take the lead away from JK Wildfire (Matt Kakaley) on the way to the 54 3/5 half.  Pedro Hanover (Dave Palone) watched that from fifth and last, but Palone sent him first-over from that spot past the half, and he would make a big move that carried him into first at the 1:22 3/5 three-quarters and to the victory by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:51, a career-best clocking.  Wes Delight wound up second, with This Is The Plan (David Miller) back in third.

“Orders from the home court were he likes to follow, he’s better that way,” Palone said. “I was licking my chops when they got to battling with each other. It looked like he has a good set of lungs. I thought I had one horse to beat, and I wanted to take my shot at it. I wanted to be first-over after the fast half.”

Andrew Harris trains Pedro Hanover for owners Brad Grant and Denise Guerriero.  Pedro Hanover, who has won twice from four starts and pushed his bankroll to $59,894, was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. and fetched $80,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale.  He is the seventh foal out of the Pro Bono Best mare Paula's Best ($269,860), making him a half-brother to the likes of Pirouette Hanover ($608,759).  Pedro Hanover was dispatched as the 7-5 second choice and paid $4.80 to win.

2-5 favorite Kwik Talkin (Scott Zeron) took the lead control from Disorder (Palone) at the 27 1/5 opening quarter in the next split, but Karpathian Kid (Miller), who had finished fourth in all four of his starts coming into today, became the new boss before the 55 4/5 half went on the board.  Miller was able to slow the tempo in the third quarter, getting to three-quarters in just 1:24 4/5, and that gave Karpathian Kid plenty of pace for the final quarter as he would kick clear to beat Kwik Talkin by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:52 2/5, a new lifetime mark.  Disorder held third.

“I noticed that the horse sitting on my back beat Karpathian Kid last week,” Miller said. “So going into the last turn, I wanted to get a length or two on him, get away from him a bit. It worked. I got a little bit of real estate on him.”

Karpathian Kid is trained by Erv Miller for co-owners/breeders David and John Prushnok and co-owners David J. Miller and Lawrence Means.  Karpathian Kid, who is out of the Dragon's Lair mare Vysoke Tatry ($641,837) and is a full brother to R J P ($240,961), has put away $73,117 and returned $5.80 to win as the 9-5 second favorite.

In the final grouping Dorsoduro Hanover (Kakaley) took the field to the first quarter in 26 2/5, but then released even-money choice Closing Statement (D. Miller) to the point on the way to the 54 3/5 half.  Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller) then came with a rush first-over out of the fourth spot, getting to within a nose of Closing Statement at the 1:22 2/5 three-quarters.  Hayden Hanover and Closing Statement continued to battle around the final bend, with Venier Hanover (David Brickell) moving three-wide turning for home after a second-over trip.  Venier Hanover overtook the top two, but then hung in the stretch, leaving the door open for someone to catch him.  That someone was Dorsoduro Hanover, who patiently waited for the passing lane, then came through to win by a length in 1:51 2/5.  Hayden Hanover battled back for second over Venier Hanover.

“We thought this was our best colt at the beginning of the year, but it’s been a disaster,” said Ron Burke, who trains Dorsoduro Hanover. “Last week he was better, and I suggested to Matt that we give him a chance this week. I think we’re turning the corner with him. We have him staked to everything.”

A $100,000 Standardbred Horse Sale acquisition bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Dorsoduro Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Purnel And Libby Silva, Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Wingfield Five LLC.  He broke his maiden in his fifth trip behind the gate, and he has now earned $34,549.  He is out of the Artsplace mare Deer Valley Miss ($187,125), making him a half-brother to the likes of Doo Wop Hanover (Rocknroll Hanover, $762,749) and Knock Three Times (Western Ideal, $645,922).  

Update on Done Well

Done Well was scratched after x-rays disclosed what trainer Brian Brown called a possible “stress line” in his left hind cannon bone. The line may or may not indicate a fracture.

“We’ll x-ray him again Wednesday to make sure,” Brown said. “If the line is confirmed, we’ll stop with him because even if the bone isn’t fractured, it will break if we push on with him.”

Done Well dominated his PASS splits, winning by a combined margin of 10-1/2 lengths.

--quotes and Done Well update courtesy of The Meadows--