Lyons Sentinel leads Simpson winners

Chester, PA — Lyons Sentinel got a good workout in her final start en route to the Breeders Crown eliminations next week, turning in a 1:52.2 victory in winning her $57,600 division of the Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 9) at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

The Captaintreacherous-Tutu Hanover filly sat third early as the unbeaten Drama Act was sent to the lead and put up pedestrian splits of :28 and :57. Driver Tim Tetrick’s hand was forced at the half with an outside tier moving up, so he moved his filly, now a winner of six in a row, out for the uncovered journey which brought her to a stubborn Drama Act before the 1:25.2 three-quarters.

Drama Act showed little sign of giving way around the far turn, either, but then Tetrick asked the Jim King Jr.-trained miss for a higher turn of speed as the field turned into the stretch, and she covered the last quarter in :26.4 to defeat the pacesetter by 2-3/4 lengths.

The ownership of Threelyonsracing saw their prize filly improve her bankroll to $519,255 after only ten starts.

In the $57,200 other division of the pacing stake, another daughter of Captaintreacherous, Arden Hanover, out of Allamerican Coed, bounced back to stakes-winning form when she was able to rally from the pocket to win a three-horse photo in 1:54, a lifetime mark.

Tyler Buter urged the filly up the inside and she responded with a :28 kicker to win by a head over the uncovered favorite Ashtini, with the pacesetter More Than Kute just another nose back in third.

Mark Harder trains Arden Hanover, and he co-owns the freshman with Joseph Jannuzzelli.

The $54,100 first division of the companion Simpson filly trotting stake went to Tricky Sister, a daughter of Trixton-Pay Me Sister who added a third straight win on the engine in 1:57, easily a lifetime best. Dan Dube rolled her to the lead at the quarter and was not threatened thereafter, coming home in :28.2 to win by four lengths for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key.

Tim Tetrick came back to also win a division of the trotting stake among his four victories on the day. His was behind the Sebastian K S-Nantab filly Next Level Stuff, who now has four wins in her last five starts after an easy 1:56.4 success in her $54,100 split.

Next Level Stuff had soft fractions with a rank outsider outside her much of the way; the strongest sweeper was second choice Hannah, but when that rival broke on the final bend it was all over but the final margin, which was 7-1/2 lengths.

Jim Campbell trains Next Level Stuff for the Runthetable Stables.

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