The Campbell brothers -- driver John and trainer Jim --continued their hot hand with Gallie Bythe Beach blasting to a 1:50 3/5 victory in the first of two Breeders Crown eliminations for juvenile pacing fillies. Gallie Bythe Beach a daughter of past Crown champions Somebeachsomewhere and Galleria took control of the race with an alert leave and never looked back.
“This is a speed track and I wanted to be in front,” said John Campbell after the race about his winning strategy.
Campbell let the other drivers know from the get-go that he meant business forcing outside leavers Southwind Silence, Ali Blue and Beach Body to take seats in behind Gallie Bythe Beach during the :26 1/5 opening quarter.
Odds-on favorite Shes Da Bomb and driver Jody Jamieson couldn’t match speed with the leavers and got away fifth despite starting from the pole position. Jamieson was still sitting looking for cover as Gallie Byethe Beach made the half in :54 2/5.
Shes Da Bomb advanced slowly and eventually was able to flush Ali Blue and Yannick Gingras to attack without cover.
Campbell was still a clear leader heading into the stretch while continuing the torrid clip. His filly responded to urging as Southwind Silence and driver Matt Kakaley took to the passing lane to take a shot. The two fillies last met up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on September 15 with Southwind Silence winning that race. Gallie Bythe Beach showed more determination this time around keeping her rival at bay and holding safe by a head on the wire.
Beach Body finished third with Ali Blue also advancing to the final.
Gallie Byethe Beach was bred and is owned by Julies Siegel’s Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, Pa.
The 1:50 3/5 effort equaled the world mark set by Economy Terror.
Gallie Bythe Beach returned $7.80 to win.
The two elimination winners will draw for post positions one through five with the rest of the finishers being placed in an open draw. The draw will take place before the Saturday race card.