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Treacherous Reign Tops PASS Fillies

Published: August 18, 2018 5:58 pm ET

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Treacherous Reign stretched out undefeated Warrawee Ubeaut the first quarter, then wore her down late to pull off the upset in the $180,862 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event for freshman filly pacers, known as the Meadow Cheer, was contested over three divisions with Sylph Hanover and Bestseller Hanover taking the other splits.

Warrawee Ubeaut had won three straight — including two PASS splits — to start her career but Treacherous Reign and Andrew McCarthy refused to release her early and forced her to a :54.4 half. Sensing the leader’s vulnerability, McCarthy pulled the pocket with Treacherous Reign at the three-quarters and they surged approaching the wire to down Warrawee Ubeaut by half a length in 1:51.3. Rockn Philly finished third.

“I wanted to make [Warrawee Ubeaut] work a little bit the first quarter,” McCarthy said. “She had to go pretty good fractions after that. My filly was feeling really strong at the three-quarters. The pace was starting to slow down, and I wanted to make sure I didn’t get buried.”

Tony Alagna trains the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Scandalous Hanover for Alagna Racing, Big Als Stable, Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham.

Sylph Hanover was unhurried early and forced to put in a serious bid after the game Sweeter Lulu and down her by half a length in a career-best 1:52.1. Sweet Chrome followed cover for third.

“She’s been getting a little hot the last couple starts,” said winning driver Matt Kakaley. “So we wanted to do things quietly, not get her revved up. I wanted to make one late run with her. She finished great, that’s for sure.”

Ron Burke conditions Sylph Hanover, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-She’s A Fan for Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli.

Bestseller Hanover faced attacks by Stonebridge Soul on the outside and Shes Allright in the passing lane but withstood the pressure to prevail in 1:52.4. Dave Plaone drove the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Bittorsweet Terror for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms. Stonebridge Soul was a head back in second with She’s Allright third.

“We didn’t do any pacing until the eighth pole home,” Palone said. “We turned it into a sprint. It would’ve been tough to catch her from there. We probably came that last eighth in 12 and change.”

It was one of five wins for Palone on the 13-race card.

The freshman fillies will contest one more preliminary PASS leg — Aug. 24 at Harrah’s Philadelphia— before returning to the Meadows Sept. 1 for the $252,000 championship.

Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, Aug. 20 when the program features a $162,012 pair of sires stakes for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers and a $60,000 PA Stallion Series event. First post is 1:05 p.m.

(With files from The Meadows)

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