08/13/2016 7:48PM

Pocono: Kiss Me Onthebeach establishes new world record

Curtis Salonick
Kiss Me Onthebeach (#4) became harness racing's newest world record holder on Saturday

Kiss Me Onthebeach took advantage of a hot pace to set a new world record of 1:48 3/5 for a 3-year-old pacing filly on a five-eighths mile track in the first of two Pennsylvania Sire Stakes splits on Saturday evening at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.  Darlinonthebeach would win the other section, just missing the new world record by one-fifth of a second.

In Kiss Me Onthebeach's $79,480 flight, East Side Hanover (Matt Kakaley) and I Said Diamonds (George Napolitano Jr.) battled early to the a 25 3/5 opening quarter, and after I Said Diamonds cleared the hot fractions continued, with the half in 52 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:20 3/5.  Kiss Me Onthebeach (John Campbell) moved first-over out of fourth before three-quarters, gained ground around the far turn, and took the lead in the lane.  Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick), who was fifth in the field of five in the opening half, lunged at Kiss Me Onthebeach late, but Campbell urged her home to get the victory by a neck.  I Said Diamonds wound up third.

The 1:48 3/5 clocking lowered the previous record, set by I Luv The Nitelife at Pocono in 2013, by a fifth of a second.

Chris Ryder trains Kiss Me Onthebeach, a Somebeachsomewhere filly, for owner Bella Racing Ltd.  She is now a four-time winner from 18 career starts, and she has earned $131,075.  A 25-1 longshot, Kiss Me Onthebeach paid $53.40, and she lowered her lifetime mark by a full three seconds.

In the second and final $79,880 division, Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) was the leader at the 25 4/5 opening quarter, but Darlinonthebeach (Matt Kakaley), coming in off her Shady Daisy tally last Saturday at the Meadowlands, moved from fourth to first en route to the 54 second half.  Darlinonthebeach would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:21 4/5, then tacked on a 27 second final kicker, under no urging from Kakaley, to win by a length and a quarter.  Call Me Queen Be was second, followed by Skinny Dipper (Andrew McCarthy).

Darlinonthebeach, another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, is trained by Nancy Johnasson for owner/breeder White Birch Farm.  This was her ninth victory in her 22nd lifetime attempt, and she has now banked $488,272.  The 7-5 second choice behind Call Me Queen Be, Darlinonthebeach returned $4.80.