Wilkes-Barre, PA — Allywag Hanover leads the 3-year-old colt pacers to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 11), when they will compete in three divisions of the $191,159 third preliminary round of their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. There will also be five $20,000 divisions of the companion Stallion Series during the card.
Allywag Hanover, a son of Captaintreacherous trained by Brett Pelling for the Allywag Stable, opened eyes by winning his first three seasonal stars, including a Sire Stakes at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and since then has been third in the Meadowlands Pace and second in the Tompkins-Geers Stake, beaten less than a length in each. Tim Tetrick is scheduled for sulky duty as Allywag Hanover starts from the middle of the 11th race field of seven, which also includes Sire Stake winners Lake Charles and No Lou Zing.
A race earlier, the only winner in both previous Sire Stakes legs, The Greek Freak, starts from post three for trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. Another son of Captaintreacherous, The Greek Freak won PaSS legs at Philadelphia and The Meadows, won his Adios elimination, and then was fourth, beaten three-quarters of a length after hard usage, in the Adios final. Starting just outside of The Greek Freak will be another previous winner in the Sire Stakes, Sandbetweenmytoes, with driver Dexter Dunn listed for trainer Jim Campbell.
The fifth race first division finds a pair of colts with a first and a second in Sire Stakes competition. The Sweet Lou gelding Tito Rocks starts from post four in a field of six for trainer Robert Cleary and driver Dexter Dunn, while the Captaintreacherous colt Sea Of Life begins from post two for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Scott Zeron.
The five Stallion Series races contain six horses who triumphed in one of the first two StS contests. The only entrant who won twice in the Stallion Series so far this year is in the fourth race division — Seriously Hanover, a Western Ideal colt who will have to overcome post six in a field of seven for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Ron Coyne Jr.
A day earlier, there will be two divisions of the third preliminary of the PA Sires event for 2-year-old pacing fillies, a stake worth $210,134, along with six $20,000 divisions of Stallion Series action.
Between the two Sire Stakes races, the 11th race division will attract the greater attention, as it contains no fewer than four winners in the PaSS already, including the only miss to post two victories — the Always B Miki–Western Silk filly Grace Hill, who will start from post three in a nine-horse field for trainer Nifty Norman and driver Dexter Dunn.
The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championships for 2-year-olds, with a card worth more than $1 million in purses, is set for Pocono on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 5).
First post for the Monday and Tuesday afternoon cards is 12:30 p.m.