09/04/2014 12:02PM

Pocono: Billy Flynn looks to stay perfect in PASS championship

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Curtis Salonick
Two-year-old trotting colt Billy Flynn has won each of his six career starts.

One would think there’s added pressure driving an undefeated horse. But for Brett Miller, who will team up with Billy Flynn in Saturday’s $260,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“When I was just getting started I felt the added pressure,” said Miller, “But I understand that they’re all going to get beat at some time and I don’t let it get to me.”

Billy Flynn has been tabbed the 2-1 favorite in race 11, one of four championship races for Pennsylvania-bred two-year-olds on the 16-race Pocono program. A perfect six of six for trainer Staffan Lind and owner Bender Sweden Inc., Billy Flynn drew post four.

“So far so good,” said Miller of Billy Flynn, “I’ve had to race him on the front, but when he raced out of the pocket he was really good.”

Miller was referring to Billy Flynn’s victory at The Meadows on July 15 where he surged passed eventual Peter Haughton Memorial champion Centurion ATM in the stretch and scored in a 1:56 4/5 effort.

While most of the wins have been easy, the Cantab Hall-sired colt was involved in one photo finish, a head victory over Walter White at Harrah’s Philadelphia on August 14.

“I knew I had a good horse on my back and I was trying to back it down,” said Miller. “That’s a very good horse he beat that day.”

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Indeed Miller seems to be very concerned about Walter White, also by Cantab Hall, who has but one victory on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit but recovered powerfully from a break in stride in his last start and appears headed in the right direction. Yannick Gingras will guide the Jimmy Takter trainee from post five.

Miller will be sitting behind Special Package in the $260,000 Championship event for two-year-old pacing fillies, carded as race nine on the program. A winner just one time in six starts this season, the Western Terror-sired filly captured that event in an overnight prepping for the final.

“I know it was just an overnight but she raced very well last time,” said Miller. “She’s a horse that can leave very well. She’s in with some nice fillies. Southwind Roulette looks like she’s the real deal.”

Miller was pointing to the morning line choice Southwind Roulette, a Somebeachsomewhere-sired filly that has captured three straight Sire Stakes events for trainer Ron Burke. Southwind Roulette landed post five and gets the services of the sport’s hottest driver Yannick Gingras.

Miller has become a fairly regular catch-driver for Jimmy Takter and handles one of his three trotting fillies in another $260,000 final, race 10. “I talked to Jimmy on Saturday and he said he was going to put me down on one of the three,” said Miller, who drives the one-time winner Smexi for the first time. The daughter of Explosive Matter comes off a second-place finish in the Champlain at Mohawk on August 28.

Miller has no mount in the $260,000 Championship for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The unbeaten Yankee Bounty puts his record on the line against a stellar field. Yannick Gingras will steer him from post three. In his last race he rallied back gamely to defeat Wakizashi Hanover in a thriller on August 22 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Wakizashi Hanover landed post six with Tim Tetrick aboard.

Five of the eight horses in the field have already taken 1:51 1/5 or better records this season.

A race to honor the memory of the late Modern Family was assembled on Saturday. The $50,000 Open Trot landed some heavy hitters with Market Share (post 7), Arch Madness (post 1) and Wishing Stone (post 6) in the line-up for race 13.

A solid group of eight goes in the $50,000 Open Pace with a rejuvenated Golden Receiver looking for his third straight victory from post two. Also in this field are heavy-hitters Sunfire Blue Chip (post 4), Bolt The Duer (post 7) and Wake Up Peter (post 8).

“He’s a very nice horse. One of those on the borderline of the top class,” said Miller about his drive, Wake Up Peter. “It’s going to be tough from post eight. We’re going to need a lot of activity up front. Pocono’s a speed-favoring track. Horses that get to the top tend to stay there.”

Post time for the Saturday card is 6:30 PM.