Downbytheseaside Romps In Messenger Elimination
Aug 26

One $40,000 elimination for the Messenger Stakes was raced Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway, with 1-9 favourite Downbytheseaside cruising to a 1:51 victory.

The Messenger’s game of ‘musical chairs’ — nine 3-year-old colt/gelding pacers to eliminate one — wasn’t close to being a fair fight.

Art Rooney Pace winner Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, $2.10, part of entry) made the lead before the half, then rolled home by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:51. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for second, whipping the winner’s entrymate Blood Line (Mark Macdonald).

The latter made the lead passing a 27-second opening quarter-mile, before ‘Seaside’, away third from post position three, found front nearing the 56-second intermission. He began losing his rivals in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, taking six lengths into the lane.

Macs Jackpot (Jason Bartlett) and first leader Summer Side (Ray Schnittker) earned the minors, while Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan), Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague) and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) also made next week’s $500,000 second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. Beyond Delight (Dan Dube) was the odd horse out.

For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his seventh win in 11 seasonal starts ($706,216). The exacta paid $9.10, with the triple (Macs Jackpot ‘third’ for this wager) returning $21.20.

“You never take anything for granted, especially in a nine-horse field,” Sears said. “He just has a tremendous turn of speed,” Sears said. “I was so glad he won at Northfield (Milstein Memorial), because he deserved it after some tough luck and tough trips.”



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