06/28/2014 11:03PM

Pocono: Father Patrick dominates in Beal Memorial

Derick Giwner
Father Patrick has won 15 of 16 career races.

As if he really needed to, Father Patrick served notice to the three-year-old trotting division with a devastating 1:50 2/5 world record mile in capturing the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs.

The likely favorite for the Hambletonian had to overcome post eight as well as a solid nine-horse field, but neither proved difficult for driver Yannick Gingras.

Don Dorado and Datsyuk left inside of Father Patrick and exchanged the lead through a quarter in 27 1/5 before Father Patrick wrested command passing the stands.

Gingras marched under rating to the half in 56 and then kicked into high gear down the backstretch. Nuncio, a stablemate of the winner, moved without cover from fourth at the half but was not making a dent on the winner. Instead Father Patrick opened ground on the field with a blistering third quarter of 27 flat and then blew out a 27 2/5 final quarter to complete the world record performance.

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Nuncio gamely earned the place spot with Datsyuk fighting gamely late for the show.

“I got chills,” driver Gingras said to trainer Jimmy Takter while getting out of the bike after the record setting mile.

For Takter, the victory gives him the three-best three-year-old trotters in North America. The trainer confirmed that Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton will race next in the Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands.

“Taking nothing away from Sebastian K’s effort,” Takter said, “but this is just a three-year-old and he could have gone even faster.”

The victory for Father Patrick, sent off as the 1-2 favorite, was his 15th in 16 lifetime starts and boosted his career earnings to $1,096,488 for owner Father Patrick Stable.