Big McDeal Fastest In PASS Divisions
Odds-on favourites Economy Terror, Big McDeal, and Darena Hanover all delivered in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.
The purses for the three Sire Stakes divisions ranged from $104,229 to $104,630.
Economy Terror (Western Terror-Mattatonic), who went off as the 1-9 favourite in the first split, led much of the way but had to hold on late for a tight victory in 1:50.3. Dave Palone guided the filly home by a neck over a fast-closing Kiss Dont Bite with Marty Party finishing third.
Owned by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor, and Edwin Gold and trained by Chris Oakes, Economy Terror won her second straight Sire Stakes race in her attempt to defend the Pennsylvania state championship she won at Pocono as a two-year-old.
Big McDeal (McArdle-Ideal Gal), at 3-5, controlled matters on the front end to win her split in convincing fashion. Driver Jody Jamieson sent the filly from the Ben Wallace barn to the lead with a quick move on the front stretch, and she held off all comers from that point to win by one and a quarter lengths in 1:50.2. Moonlit Dragon closed on the inside for second while Destinys Chance managed the show.
Owned by Milton, Ont. resident Bradley Grant, Big McDeal has now won her last two Sire Stakes races, with her previous victory coming in world-record time at The Meadows.
Darena Hanover (Yankee Cruiser-Dashaway Hanover) took the final split in gate-to-wire fashion at 1-5, although she really had to hustle home to hold off hard-charging Lightning Paige in second and Dream Of Winning in third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and trained by Ron Burke, the filly won by three-quarters of a length in 1:51 with Matt Kakaley in the bike.
Darena Hanover now has been in the money in 10 of 11 starts this season with four victories.