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Burke unleashes fast 3-year-old fillies in 2020 debuts at Pocono

Monday, June 22, 2020  By: PHHA / Pocono


Wilkes-Barre, PA – Trainer Ron Burke, building on his victory with Backstreet Shadow in the Roll With Joe Pace at Tioga in the afternoon, unleashed a trio of quality sophomore stakes fillies who were all victorious in their 2020 debuts Sunday night (June 22) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.

Most impressive was thMuscle Hill trotting filly Sans Defaut, who lived up to her name (which translates from the French as “flawless”) while taking a new mark of 1:53.2. Sans Defaut made a second move uncovered, went to the lead nearing headstretch, and finished well in hand for driver Matt Kakaley and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby.

Most of the ownership of Sans Defaut also own thFather Patrick filly Crucial, who worked to the lead early, rated the half, then powered home to a 1:55.4 victory. Burke/Weaver-Bruscemi and Silva-Silva/Purnel & Libby share ownership of the fast miss with William Donovan.

The Burke Brigade also revealed its pacing potential when thSweet Lou filly Shouldabeenatd equaled her lifetime mark of 1:52.2 in his first 2020 purse start. Shouldabeenatd flashed home in :55 while rallying out of the pocket and winning under a hold for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and the “core” Burke / Weaver-Bruscemi partnership.

Another impressive sophomore returnee was the Bolt The Duer gelding Blank Stare, who moved to the lead in front of the stands then motored home in :55, with a :27.1 final quarter, to take a new mark of 1:51.2. John Butenschoen conditions the promising 3-year-old for Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, James Crawford IV and In Over My Head Stable.

The top purse event was a $14,000 mare pace and the veteran McArdle mare Lispatty did not let a long uncovered journey bother her, going her last half in :55.2 coverless to win in 1:52.4. Driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera have been an overpowering duo sine eastern Pennsylvania racing resumed as Lispatty pushed her earnings over $925,000 for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen.


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