Chester, PA — Sons of Captaintreacherous won five of the six $20,000 third round preliminaries of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old pacing colts Monday afternoon (May 27) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but it was the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Prince Of Tides who posted the fastest time, 1:50, which also rewrote the North American season’s record for his division.
Eric Carlson, who tasted sulky success four times on the matinee card, moved the winner to the lead in front of the stands, and the sophomore came home powerfully. He paced his last half in :54.1 despite bearing out in the stretch to be 6-1/4 lengths clear of favored Skip To My Lou, the only horse to win in both preliminary legs before today.
Prince Of Tides, who dropped down from the Sire Stakes to post the impressive triumph, is trained by Ross Croghan for Let It Ride Stables, Mr. Dana Parham, and Howard Taylor.
Carlson had another Stallion Series winner, this one part of a series training triple for Tony Alagna, Odds On Boca Raton, who is now perfect in two Stallion Series starts after a 1:52.1 victory. Odds On Boca Raton went right to the top and discouraged all other challengers, finishing a length to the good of Stienams Beach for Odds On Racing.
The other two Alagna winners were driven by Dexter Dunn, who joined Carlson in showing up in Victory Lane twice after a series race.
The Dunn-Alagna pairing included U S Captain, who is undefeated in three 2019 starts, the last two in the Stallion Series, after taking a new mark of 1:50.2. The promising pacer controlled the throttle and kept pocket-sitting Cloudbreak 3-1/4 lengths at bay for Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Joseph Barbera, and U S Captain Racing.
The other win for Team Dunn/Alagna was produced by Waterway, who took his second start of the year after a third in his yearly bow. Dunn moved Waterway to the lead in front of the grandstand and had smooth sailing from there, withstanding Champagneonthebeach by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.1 for Alagna And Begley Stable, Santo and Joseph Barbera, and David Silverman.
The final two Stallion winners both took new marks; one was Latissimus Hanover, who took his fifth straight win, all in Stallion Series action, while lowering his mark to 1:50.3 in this third round prelim. The colt, making his first start since Aug. 13 of last year, looked muscled up and fit to go, taking the lead early and maintaining it by 1-3/4 lengths over Captain Mckee for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Ray Schnittker, who co-owns the talented youngster with Ted Gewertz and Mary Arnold Kinsey.
The smallest margin of victory came in the race with the only off-the-pace winner, as Revelry swung wide from third into the lane and just caught Seafarer by a nose in 1:51.1. George Napolitano Jr. guided the winning gelding for the Cancelliere brothers — trainer Tom and owner John.