08/27/2016 1:32PM

The Meadows: Track record performance by Huntsville in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes

Chris Gooden
Huntsville is now in the record book at The Meadows after his 1:50 performance

Huntsville and Summer Side gave trainer Ray Schnittker and driver Tim Tetrick a sweep of the $93,336 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday afternoon at The Meadows, but Huntsville was definitely the more impressive of the two, setting a new track record of 1:50.

Starting from the rail, Huntsville got away third, but he was already out and on the move before Eddard Hanover (Matt Kakaley) hit the opening quarter in 27 1/5.  Huntsville would clear to command as they raced in the stretch for the first time, and he would reach the half in 55 1/5.

Fear The Dragon (David Miller), who had been the quickest 2-year-old pacer so far this year with a 1:50 3/5 mark, came first-over out of fourth past the half, and he was just half a length behind Huntsville at the 1:23 three-quarters.  Huntsville kept his bid at bay, though, and in the stretch opened up en route to the victory by a length and three-quarters.  Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron) was up for second over Fear The Dragon.

“Huntsville is a foot bigger, probably has hopples six inches longer. He’s a different type of horse than Summer Side,” said Schnittker.

Huntsville, a colt by Somebeachsomewhere, is owned by Schnittker, Charles Iannazzo, Ted Gewertz, and Steven Arnold.  Schnittker and Iannazzo also bred Huntsville, who now has a pair of wins from five starts and earnings of $101,484.  He's the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Wild West Show, making him a full brother to Stevensville ($429,989) and Cowboy Terrier ($336,365).  The 7-5 second choice behind Fear The Dragon, Huntsville paid $4.80.

Back in the first split, Normandy Beach (Yannick Gingras) put the 27 1/5 first quarter on the board, but he would give way to favored Downbytheseaside (David Miller) on the way to the 55 4/5 half.  Downbytheseaside was still in the lead at 1:24 2/5 three-quarters, but Tetrick had given Summer Side his cue to come first-over out of the third position, and he was beginning to gain.

Summer Side would join Downbytheseaside as the field turned for home, and then grabbed the advantage in the stretch.  Normandy Beach shot up the passing lane to challenge as well, but Summer Side would hit the wire first, a neck to the good.  Downbytheseaside had to settle for third.

“He’s had two straight tough trips coming first over, and he got the job done this week,” Schnittker said. “I think he’s a real horse. He’s bred great — She’s A Great Lady is his second dam. If he stays sound, he could be anything.”

Schnittker also co-owns Summer Side, a Well Said colt, with Howard Taylor.  It was the second victory in five tries for Summer Side, who was purchased for $15,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, and he has now banked $124,703.  This year's Lawrence B. Sheppard champion, Summer Side is out of the Jenna's Beach Boy mare Beachy Lady, making him a half-brother to Cabana Fever (Real Desire, $472,466) and Wicked Little Minx (Rocknroll Hanover, $228,101).  Summer Side returned $6.00 to win as a 2-1 shot.

--quotes courtesy of The Meadows--