07/03/2017 10:33PM

Pocono: Aims Whisper stuns heavily-favored Rainbow Room in Pennsylvania All-Stars action

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Curtis Salonick
Strong Opinion was one of three Pennsylvania All-Stars winners sent out by the Ron Burke barn

Two-year-old pacing fillies took their turn in Pennsylvania All-Stars action Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, and an upset by Aims Whisper over 1-9 favorite Rainbow Room in the fourth of five divisions was one highlight, along with a triple by trainer Ron Burke.

Rainbow Room (David Miller), dispatched at 1-9, broke her maiden in 1:52 4/5 at the Meadowlands on June 23 after two winning qualifiers, but on this night 31-1 Aims Whisper (Brett Miller) sat a pocket to her through panels of 27 3/5, 57 4/5, and 1:26, came to her outside in the lane, and went by late to score by a head in 1:53 2/5.  Xfinity Beach (Matt Kakaley) was third.

Aims Whisper, a Bettor's Delight filly, is trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick.  She is two-for-two in her career, having won an overnight race at Pocono on June 27, and has earned $21,500.  Out of the Art Major mare In A Whisper, Aims Whisper was bred by White Birch Farm and sold for $10,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale.  Aims Whisper is the second foal out of the dam, a half-sister to the likes of Wake Up Peter ($907,535).  She paid $64.40 to win.

Burke's triple came courtesy of Double A Mint, Strong Opinion, and Majorsspeciallady.  Double A Mint led all the way to win the opener in 1:55 for Yannick Gingras, while Kakaley guided both Strong Opinion (1:52 3/5) and Majorsspeciallady (1:52 4/5) to victories off two-hole trips.

Double A Mint (Bettor's Delight) is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Dandy Farms Inc., Silva Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  She was a $95,000 buy that was bred by Stephen Dey.  She's out of the Albert Albert mare Double Creme ($329,637), making her a half-sister to the likes of stakes winner OK Boromir ($533,073) and 1:47 4/5 record-holder OK Commander ($644,659).  Double A Mint was sent off at 9-2 and returned $11.60.

A filly by Well Said, Strong Opinion is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Jack Piatt II, Silva Purnel & Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC., who shelled out $50,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale to purchase the Stonegate Standardbred Farms-bred.  She's the third foal out of the Art Major mare Rough Sketch, making her a half-sister to Ideal Nuggets ($361,952).  She was dispatched at 2-1 and paid $6.80 to win.

Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and breeder J&T Silva Stables, LLC. own Majorsspeciallady, a Somebeachsomewhere filly.  She is the second foal out of the Art Major mare See Major, whose grand dam is Must See, the dam of Well Said.  She was an 8-1 shot and returned $18.60 to win.

The other PA All-Stars winner was Sarpa Hanover (Andrew McCarthy) who powered by leader Some Renditions (Brett Miller) from first-over in the lane and went on to tally by a length in 1:55 1/5.  Trainer Brett Bittle also co-owns the winning Somebeachsomewhere miss with partners Charles Keller III and IV. and E. Daniel Bittle.  A $77,000 Harrisburg buy, the Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred filly is out of the Artsplace mare Shaky Cam Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Sutter Hanover ($884,886).  Sarpa Hanover was sent off at 15-1 and paid $33.00 to win.