Three divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for three-year-old filly pacers were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, each going for a purse of approximately $75,000.
In the first division, it was Luxuriant Hanover pulling off the mild upset. The daughter of Well Said drafted second over, and was able to out sprint the heavy favourite (Weeper) home, pacing the last quarter in :27. The final time was 1:52.1. Weeper held on for second, while Palm Beach rallied for show.
It was Luxuriant Hanover's second career win for owners James Simpson and the Pinske Stables. She is trained by Julie Miller, and was driven by David Miller.
In the second division, it was Coleman, Dumain, and Lattinelli's Someislandsomwhere rallying for the win. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere paced the back half in :54.2 to out close a game Allstar Rating, who settled for second. Someislandsomwhere went on to pace the mile in a lifetime's best 1:51.4. Gallie Bythe Beach finished third.
She is trained by Casie Coleman, and was also driven by David Miller, who had four wins on the card.
In the third division, Brad Grant's Sandbetweenurtoes continued her winning ways. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere quarter-moved to the front, and never looked back. She paced the mile in 1:51.2 over the sloppy going, to remain undefeated in 2014. She is trained by Larry Remmen, and was driven by Brett Miller. Also Encouraging battled gamely, overcoming a first-over trip for second, while early pace setter Southwind Silence finished third.