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Security Protected fastest in Pennsylvania All-Stars action – US Trotting News

Safety: Fastest protection on the Pennsylvania All-Stars

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Two of three favorites prevailed in the $30,000 classes of a Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old harness racing stallions Sunday evening at Pocono Downs in Mohegan Pennsylvania. The quickest winner, the Father Patrick colt Security Protected, scored 1:53 after finishing furiously in his season bow.

Security Protected was the fastest winner in PA All-Stars action on Sunday. Curtis Salonick photo.

Tim Tetrick took an early fifth place with Security Protected, then finished third and wasn't particularly well served by his coverage in a race with fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.4. But Tetrick beat junior Marcus Melander four wide on the track, and the pair rallied from sixth place, 4 1/2 lengths behind at the stretch call, to take the decision by a half-length throw over the rail by White Shoe Hanover came his own final panel in :27.2, for Judith Taylor, Brad Grant and Order By Stable AB.

The other All-Stars candidate was Cantab Hall stallion Blackhawk Zette, who opened his season with five straight wins at The Downs, including a victory in his Weiss Series, before finishing second in the Dexter Cup. Here he bounced back to winning ways, inheriting the bag after an opening game of :27.3, staying there through a half of :56.3 and then moving outside before three quarters at 1:25.2. Blackhawk Zette deftly trotted to command, then was 2 1/4 lengths ahead of the closer Skydiver and lowered his mark to 1:53.3 under the tutelage of Matt Kakaley for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and JL Sadowsky LLC.

The only outsider to win an All-Stars division was bar-hopping gelding Usain Hanover, who made two pace moves in fractions of :29, :57.3 and 1:26 and then sprinted home in 27.3 and overtook Luke The Spook by half a length, with a final time of 1:53.3, a lifetime best. Usain Hanover had gone 2-1-1 in the preliminary rounds of the Weiss Series before taking the lead in the final, and a subsequent break overnight caused the crowd to release him 8-1, but on Sunday he was for rider Tyler Buter at its best. Trainer Nifty Norman and Enzed Racing Stable Inc.

If you had been told before that evening's race that Pocono would achieve the fastest trot mile of the season and that it would be completed by a sophomore, you would have been right – but the 2024 standard did not come about in a stakes race. Instead, Chapter Seven gelding Dame Good Time put on a great show of speed, moving to the lead with an opening of :27, then putting up figures of :56 and 1:24.1 before running the clock at 1:52 .1 stopped, not only a new mark but also within three-fifths of a second of Pinkman's nine-year-old local division standard. Dame Good Time is now two from three since taking over from trainer Trevor Alexander for owner John Cummings, with Scott Zeron retaining his usual place behind the horse.

Racing continues Monday (May 20) and Tuesday (May 21) in Pocono with 1 p.m. tickets; The Pick 3 bet, which begins in the fourth race on Monday, will be broadcast. Free Pocono programs are available at www.phha.org.

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