06/27/2015 9:42PM

Pocono: Longshots, Uncle Lasse score in Beal elims

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Curtis Salonick
Wicker Hanover upset in his Beal elimination at Pocono Downs.

The Earl Beal, Jr. Memorial series for 3-year-old trotters produced mostly unexpected results as Pinkman, last year’s champion freshman colt, fell victim to Wicker Hanover, one of two upsets in the trio of $25,000 elimination races on the card.

Pinkman took charge at the onset ahead of stablemate Whom Shall I Fear with a 28 1/5 opening quarter. Driver Yannick Gingras would get away with a soft half in 57 seconds and appeared to be on cruise control at three quarters in 1:25 3/5 as nearly half the field made breaks during the mile.

It was Pinkman still in control at the head of the lane, but Wicker Hanover was beginning to hit his best stride and wore down that foe by a half-length in 1:54 1/5. Centurion ATM had to deal with multiple breakers in front of him and checked on the final turn while still finishing third to earn a berth in the $500,000 final on July 4.

Wicker Hanover was driven to victory by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Noel Daley and owner Christer Haggstrom Racing Stable. He paid $35.20 to win.

In the first split of the Beal, Cruzado Dela Noche came from off the pace to win with complete ease in 1:53 3/5 to pull off a mild upset.

Southwind Mozart took early command away from Aldebaran Eagle in an opening quarter of 26 4/5 as the odds-on favorite Habitat made a break after tucking third. Driver Corey Callahan immediately sent Aldebaran Eagle back to the top and posted the half in 55 4/5 while appearing to be in decent shape until the winner came to call.

Cruzado Dela Noche moved first-over and blew by the leader at three quarters in 1:25 1/5. He cruised under the wire 2-1/4 lengths ahead of fellow finalist Southwind Mozart. Boots N Chains was six lengths back and also made the final.

Cruzado Dela Noche ($8.60) is owned by Courant AB and under the care of Nancy Johansson.

The favorites finally dominated in the final elimination of the Beal as the 4/5 Uncle Lasse got the better of the 3/5 Crazy Wow by a nose.

Code Bon went to the front and set opening fractions of 28 and 56 1/5 as Crazy Wow came to call. The pair would battle until Crazy Wow secured command around three quarters in 1:25. It was then that Uncle Lasse came to the rim to apply some heat of his own.  The duo went head to head down the lane with Uncle Lasse getting the better of Crazy Wow right at the wire in 1:54.

Shoot The Thrill saved ground and finished third to make the final.

Uncle Lasse is undefeated in four starts this year for trainer Jimmy Takter and Solveig’s Racing Partners. He was driven to victory by Brett Miller.

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