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Googoo Gaagaa Wins In 1:50.4

Published: June 23, 2012 10:29 pm ET

Last Comment: June 24, 2012 9:17 am ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

On a night when three track records and two world records had already been established at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Googoo Gaagaa needed to come up with something special to steal the show. How does the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths mile oval work for you?

Googoo Gaagaa trotted an unreal 1:50.4 mile to win the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday night. The performance capped off an amazing night of action that saw pacers and trotters scorching the Pocono oval all night long.

Googoo Gaagaa came into the night having set a world record for three-year-old colts on the trot of 1:51.3 in last week’s Beal elimination. In the final, the colt, who is bred, owned and trained by Richard Hans of Maryland, made his move on the front stretch to take the lead from Stormin Normand.

Nobody else made a serious threat to the top two, and Stormin Normand made a charge in the stretch, pulling up to about a half-length away. But driver Corey Callahan, who’s been aboard for all of Googoo Gaagaa’s 2012 victories, urged him home to win by one and a quarter lengths. Little Brown Fox finished a distant third. The fractional times were :27.1, :55.2, and 1:22.3 leading to the amazing winning time of 1:50.4, which shattered the world record for trotters of all ages on a five-eighths mile oval, which was the 1:51 mile posted by Arch Madness at Pocono in 2010.

In the winner’s circle, Callahan described Googoo Gaagaa’s legendary performance by saying, “He’s just a machine. He’s a professional in every sense of the word.”

Callahan also had encouraging words for Hans, who was unsure how he fit in on the big stage, telling him, “You belong here, and he proved tonight that he does.”

Googoo Gaagaa now has an amazing record of 11 wins in 12 races, with his only loss coming earlier this season when he went off-stride at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Sired by Cams Rocket, a pacer, the colt pushed his career earnings to $345,945 as he heads to the Yonkers Trot.

The record-setting began at Pocono in the first elimination for the Ben Franklin, a free-for-all pace which Pocono will host for the first time next week. George Brennan drove Aracache Hanover, trained by Gregg McNair, to the Pocono all-time mark for aged pacing stallions with a victory in 1:48.1. The previous mark of 1:48.2 was set by Vlos in 2010 and matched by Transcending this May. From that elimination, Meirs Hanover (second), Bettor Sweet (third), Clear Vision (fourth), and Razzle Dazzle (fifth) also made the Franklin final.

In the second elimination, Betterthancheddar, with Brennan in the bike again, this time for Casie Coleman, chased down We Will See late for a victory in 1:48.3. Along with Bettarthancheddar and We Will See, third-place Foiled Again and fourth-place Rockincam are headed to the Franklin final. Betterthancheddar is owned by Steve Calhoun of Chatham, Ont. and the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Ont.

In the second elimination for the Max C. Hempt Memorial, a three-year-old open pace, the Tim Tetrick-driven Hurrikane Kingcole powered to a romping win in 1:48.1, breaking Shadow Play’s track record of 1:48.2 and matching the world record for three-year-old colts on a five-eighths mile oval. From that split, I Like Dreamin and Hillbilly Hanover, who finished second and tgirdrd, will race in next week’s final. The John Levy Racing Stable of Hamilton, Ont. shares ownership of the John McDermott trainee.

The first Hempt split was captured by I Fought Dalaw, with David Miller in the bike for Sam DePinto, in 1:49:3. One Through Ten and Mc Attaboy made the final by finishing second and third in that split.

Bolt The Duer, with Mark MacDonald driving for Peter Foley, won the final Hempt split in 1:48.3. All Star Legend, who finished second in that split, and A Rocknroll Dance, who finished third, are headed to the Hempt final next week.

The night’s final record came courtesy of American Jewel, the star three-year-old filly trained by Jimmy Takter. With Tetrick in the bike, the O'Brien Award winner captured her elimination for the James M. Lynch Memorial stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies in 1:49.2. That’s a new Pocono mark for the age group, breaking the 1:49.3 standard set by the great Southwind Tempo, and matches the world record on a five-eighths mile oval. Joining her in next week’s Lynch final from her split are Economy Terror, Marty Party, Lightning Paige, and Destinys Chance, who finished seconnd through fifth, respectively, in the race.

In the night’s other Lynch elimination, Darena Hanover, with Yannick Gingras in the bike for Ron Burke, scored in 1:50.2. Her fellow finalists are Sarandon Blue Chip (second), Shelliscape (third), and Major Look (fourth).

The finals for the Franklin, Hempt, and Lynch will all take place in a mega-card on Saturday night, June 30 at Pocono, with approximately $1.6 million on the line during the night.

(With files from Pocono Downs)

June 24, 2012 - 9:17 amSomebody should ask Dwight

Somebody should ask Dwight Duncan if it's alright for these CANADIAN owners to take all those American dollars out of Pennsylvania and bring them back to Ontario, eh?

June 23, 2012 - 10:43 pmwhen he becomes a sire, they

when he becomes a sire, they can name a filly Lady GaaGaa


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