Captain Corey and In Range are impressive in PASS action at Poconos

Wilkes Barre, PA – Both Captain Corey and In Range added a third Pennsylvania Sire Stakes victory to their credits in the $206,722 fourth and final preliminary leg of their two-year-old division on the Sunday twilight card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, leaving fans with anticipation about the group’s Championship event, which will be held here on Saturday afternoon, September 5.

Captain Corey, a son of Googoo Gaagaa – Luv U All, remained undefeated in three lifetime starts with a 7¼ length victory in 1:55. Trainer/driver Åke Svanstedt could control the pace with easy early fractions of :28.4 and :59.2, and then the no-nonsense colt strode home in :55.3 – :27.3. The winner, who has earned $138,063 in just his three PaSS starts, is co-owned by Åke Svanstedt Inc., SRF Stable, Knutsson Trotting Inc., and Midnight Sun Partners Inc.

The Bar Hopping –Ilia colt In Range used the same blueprint in taking his PaSS cut: backing off the half to :58.3 after a :27.3 opener under Tim Tetrick’s guidance, then sprinting to the wire in :56.3 – :28 to equal his lifetime best of 1:55.1 while 1¾ lengths ahead at the finish line. In Range won three of his four Sire Stakes starts and also has a Pennsylvania All-Stars win to his credit; he now has earned $178,653 for trainer Marcus Melander and the partnership of AMG Stable Inc., Kenneth Kjellgren, Tomas Hans Asell, and Rick Wahlstedt.

In four $20,000 final-round Stallion Series divisions, trainer/driver Svanstedt also had the fastest winner, the Bar Hopping – Woman Of Character colt Lepanto, who scored in 1:55.1 while defeating three-time prelim winner Sunny Crockett by a neck. Other Stallion Series winners were a pair of Nancy Taker trainees, Goodashim (Dexter Dunn, 1:57.1) and Tremendously (Joe Bongiorno, 1:58.2), and Halls Of Valor (Tyler Buter, 1:57.1).

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