Hypnotic Tale seeks to tell her own story in Lynch eliminations

by Kim French, Hoof Beats Editor

Kim French

Columbus, OH — She may not be a permanent resident in Linda Toscano’s barn, but after how Hypnotic Tale has performed since her arrival there several weeks ago, Toscano will certainly be quite sad if the filly must go. She is, however, looking forward to witnessing how the newly crowned New Jersey Sire Stakes champion performs when she and David Miller take on the best in her division in the first of two $20,000 eliminations for the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial on Saturday (June 23) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

“She is in with the best of the best,” said Toscano. “These fillies are quite different from the ones she has been racing against, but she is a nice filly and very easy to be around. We’ll see if she can step up.”

Although she has faith in Hypnotic Tale, Toscano was being very honest about the level of talent the filly will face. Hypnotic Take, who will be leaving from post position five for Miller in the seventh race, must contend with world champion and Dan Patch Award winner Youaremycandygirl (post two, Yannick Gingras, 5-2), Lismore Pace winner Alexa’s Power (post three, Tim Tetrick, 3-1) and the talented Double A Mint (post four, Matt Kakaley, 9-2).

The evening’s 14-race card also includes eliminations for the $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older pacers, the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for sophomore trotters and the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers to be conducted at the same venue next Saturday (June 30).

“Her elimination is very strong,” Toscano said. “That is why I was kind of surprised she was 4-1 when I looked at the morning line, because of the other fillies that are in there.”

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New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Hypnotic Tale heads to this weekend’s Lynch eliminations at Pocono.

Racing as a homebred for Ronald Mario, Hypnotic Tale is a daughter of Hypnotic Blue Chip and the classy mare Born Storyteller. The 3-year-old filly is a half-sister to Beach Story (Somebeachsomewhere, $266,894), Gambler’s Tale (Cam’s Card Shark, $255,011) and Born Of Fire (Dragon Again, $104,845). She is also the fourth offspring from her stakes-placed dam to break the $100,000 mark in purse money earned.

In fact, Hypnotic Tale is attempting to not only follow in Born Storyteller’s hoof prints, but to surpass them as her dam captured her Lynch elimination prior to a fourth-place finish in the $154,740 final in 2005.

“She was at The Meadows and was sent to me from Doug Snyder,” Toscano said. “I’m not sure what her schedule consists of but she was in the New Jersey Sire Stakes, now the Lynch and then I know she is eligible for some races at Freehold.”

As a freshman, Hypnotic Tale compiled a record of 7-1-4-0 and banked $43,600 with Kelvin Harrison as the trainer. She participated primarily in New Jersey Sire Stakes contests.

She returned to action as a sophomore with third and first place finishes at The Meadows on May 1 and May 8 in non-winners competition. The filly reeled off three consecutive victories after heading east to Toscano, including the $75,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes final at The Meadowlands on June 1, before coming home fifth in another non-winners contest over the same surface on June 15.

“You never have to do anything with her and she never does anything wrong, but in her last race she made a break behind the gate,” Toscano said. “I think she just got a little hot behind it and I was pleased with how she recovered to catch the other horses. She got a little tired at the end, but that was to be expected. David (Miller) said she just seemed to get off on the wrong foot and was a little grabby leaving the gate. She settled down going into the turn and finished very well.

“I was very happy with that race and thought it was a big mile for her. All we can do is see how she does against these fillies on Saturday, but she is a very nice horse on her own.”

For Saturday’s complete Pocono entries, click here.

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