Eric Carlson, the hottest “longshot driver” in eastern Pennsylvania the last two months, sent the 18-1 daughter of Somebeachsomewhere streaking to the lead from the outside post eight, hitting the quarter in 26.2. He was able to give the mare a breather to a 55.3 midpoint clocking, then picked up the speed as Agent Q progressed first-over, with Pure Country, the winner’s contemporary who won Crown Championships in 2015 and 2017, right on her back.
But the outer tier, and pocketsitter Carol’s Z Tam, could not stay with the “Queen” at the 1:23.1, and she proceeded home sharply in 27.2 to be 4 ¼ lengths to the good at the finish. Pure Country came a long way in the lane to be second, a half-length ahead of Newborn Sassy, who in turn photoed Carol’s Z Tam for third.
Trainer Ross Croghan and owners Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham saw the John Carver-bred five-year-old boost her earnings to $1,359,085, winning her fifth race in her last seven starts. Call Me Queen Be paid $38.00 for the win.