Go Get Em did exactly that Tuesday at The Meadows, dominating his Lookout Hanover Pace division wire to wire in 1:53.3 - the fastest mile in the U.S. this year by a three-year-old gelding on a five-eighths mile track
. Wayne The Lefty captured the other $15,000 opening-leg division of the series for sophomore colt and gelding pacers.
Go Get Em prepped for the series with two sharp overnight miles at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, leaving Dave Palone little need to ponder strategy. He had the opportunity to drop in behind Tyber Shark but pushed Go Get Em to the lead, where the son of Four Starzzz Shark-She’s The One drew off to win by more than 10 lengths. Tyber Shark saved place over a rallying Teen Turo.
Kevin McDermott trains Go Get Em for Ervin Miller Stable Inc, Benita Simmons, Leland Mathias and Bert Hochsprung.
Wayne The Lefty prevailed in front-end fashion as well, retaking the lead at the quarter pole for Brett Miller and scoring in 1:54.4. It was two lengths back to runner-up I Like It Hot, with Picture Me rounding out the top three.
Trent Stohler trains and Wayne The Lefty Stable owns the Allamerican Ingot-Camiana gelding, who won legs of the Junior Trendsetter and Hopeful series and has earned $49,125 in his last six starts.
In the $25,000 Winners Over $10,000/Preferred Handicap Pace, Valentowner unleashed a wicked late brush to win his third straight - all from at least six lengths off the lead. He scored in 1:51.3, lowering his lifetime mark a tick for driver Mile Wilder, trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and owner/breeder Bob Key.