Chester, PA — Lyons Sentinel, 2019’s 2-year-old Pacing Filly of the Year, continued her preparations for the 2020 stakes season with a 1:54.3 qualifying win at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday (June 30).
The daughter of Captaintreacherous, who was also last year’s leading money winning freshman at $801,809, made a frontward move at the half and hung up successive :28 quarters to post an easy 2-1/2 length victory, giving her two wins and a second in preseason qualifying action. Threelyonsracing owns the Jim King Jr. trainee, who was driven as usual by Tim Tetrick.
In 2-year-old qualifying action, two pacing colts tied for fastest mile of the day by winning in 1:57.2.
The Somebeachsomewhere–Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach went down the road from the rail, stepping home in :28.1 for trainer/driver Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston, Northfork Racing Stable, and John Craig.
Matching that clocking was the Always B Miki–Don’t Deny Me gelding Dontpassme Hanover, a pocket rocket for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Mark Harder, the latter also co-owner with Rick Phillips.
In the trots for freshmen, speed honors went to the Bar Hopping–Up Front Annika gelding Ginger Tree Knox, who made every pole a winning one in 2:00.4 for trainer/driver Steve Cook and the partnership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures, Double D Racing Stable and Reber-Chesen Stable.