05/20/2017 2:35PM

The Meadows: Sortie swiftest in Pennsylania Sire Stakes

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Chris Gooden
Sortie, who was third to Walner in the Breeders Crown last year, began his sophomore campaign with a victory

A trio of $48,876 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters were staged on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows, and Sortie, Andy M, and Common Parlance would go home with victories.

Sortie (Andrew McCarthy), who finished up his 2-year-old campaign with a third in the Breeders Crown (after winning his elimination) and a second in the Matron, swept into the lead from first-over at the 1:24 3/5 three-quarters in the opening split, then kicked home in 28 3/5 to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:53 1/5, a new lifetime mark.  Giveitgasandgo (Corey Callahan), the Pennsylania Sire Stakes champion for this group last season, rallied to finish second, and High Glider (Dave Palone) came in third. 

Noel Daley trains Sortie, an Explosive Matter colt, for owners Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Mario Mazza, and Sortie Stable. This was Sortie's third career victory, and he has now earned $146,493.  Sent off as the 8-5 choice, Sortie paid $5.40 to win.

In the second section Monteverdi (Christian Lind) had the top spot at the 27 3/5 opening quarter and the 56 1/5 half, but Andy M (Aaron Merriman) pulled out of the pocket just past the half and had command before the 1:24 1/5 three-quarters.  Andy M opened up on the far turn, and needed most of that gap, as Gustavo Fring (Jim Pantaleano) rallied through the lane.  His kick was not enough, though, as Andy M found the finish line a half-length to the good in 1:54 1/5, which was a career-best clocking.  Stealth Hanover (McCarthy) finished fourth-placed-third after original third-place finisher Don Dream (Palone) was disqualified for an extended break.

Andy M, a colt by Andover Hall, is trained by Chris Beaver for owners/breeders Mark Moger and Albert Delia Jr.  Andy M is now a four-time winner during his racing career, and he has banked $109,014.  The 5-2 second favorite, Andy M returned $7.20 to win.

Affair Of Honor (Callahan) clicked off fractions of 27 2/5, 56 2/5, and 1:25 2/5 in the final division, but a three-wide Brown Bear (Pantaleano) became the new leader on the final turn and brought the field into the lane.  Brown Bear couldn't finish the deal, though, as Common Parlance (Mike Wilder), who had followed Affair Of Honor from the pocket, came through with lots of trot in the passing lane, and zipped by Brown Bear on his way to winning by over two lengths in 1:54 4/5, which also gave him a new speed badge.  Brand New Key (Merriman) collected third.

The victorious Crazed gelding is trained by Joe Skowyra for owners Wade Wyatt and Francis Di Mondi Jr.  Common Parlance has a trio of tallies lifetime, and he has now put away $53,588.  Common Parlance was sent off as the 5-2 second choice and paid $7.20 to win.