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Betsy Ross preview at Harrah's Philly

09:56 AM 26 May 2018 NZST
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Pure Country heads the field in the Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah's
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The Betsy Ross Invitational for mares is known for featuring some of the sport's finest distaffers each year, and the 2018 edition coming up Sunday (May 27th) will be no exception.

Leading the charge in overall accomplishments is three time Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country. The multiple stakes winner is making her 50th career start, sporting a robust bankroll of over $2.2 million and 25 lifetime wins.

The 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is making her third start of the season, and seeking her first win of the campaign. The Jimmy Takter trainee has been competing in the Great Northeast Series as of late, finishing 2nd and third respectively. She draws post number 1 and will be driven by Mark MacDonald.

The race features three other millionaire mares, including Agent Q, Darlinonthebeach, and racing's newest seven digit earner Blue Moon Stride.

Agent Q comes into it riding a four race win streak that dates back to November 4th of last year in a stakes event at Hoosier Park. Her seasonal debut was sharp, rallying from last at the 1/8th pole to sweep by in a Great Northeast Series race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono two weeks ago.

She followed that up with an in-hand win over this oval in a similar event. The 4-year-old daughter of Western Terror has 15 wins out of 29 starts and a mark of 1:48.4 at The Meadowlands. She draws the winningest post at Harrah's Philly, number 5.

White Birch Farm's Darlinonthebeach draws post 7 for the second straight week. The 5-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is making her 4th career start for Trainer Nifty Norman, with a win back on the 5th of May in a Great Northeast Series event at Harrah's Philly in 1:51.1. She has 18 wins out of 48 starts and a 1:48.1 mark at The Red Mile.

Harness racing's newest millionaire Blue Moon Stride will have to overcome post 8 to take the lion's share. The 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has won two of her last three, including a win over Darlinonthebeach in her last in 1:49.4 over the Harrah's oval. The Mark Harder trainee has won 16 times in 53 starts with a 1:48.4 mark north of the border at Mohawk.

Jim King Jr. Trainee Shartin N has been nearly unbeatable in the late winter early spring. She's posted wins in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Final at Yonkers and the Chip Noble at Miami Valley, earning $343,975 all ready this season. The overseas import will be facing a new and tougher group here in the Betsy Ross, but she does draw the second winningest post at Harrah's Philly, number 4.

Little Brown Jugette Champion Caviart Ally has looked impressive so far in her 4-year-old season. The daughter of Bettor's Delight has shown versatility in her two starts this season, winning on the pace on May 9th and in grinding first-over fashion on May 18th. She draws post 2 for owners Caviart Farms and trainer Noel Daley. She has won 11 times in 36 starts, with earnings of $828,510.

Trainer Jen Bongiorno will send the game Diva's Image from post 3. The 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight has proven in her last two that she can go with the best mares in the business with a second and a third in her last two against Darlinonthebeach and Blue Moon Stride.

KDK Standardbred's Apple Bottom Jeans will start from post position number 6. The 5-year-old daughter of Mr Apples earned her Invite after winning the Burning Point Series at The Meadowlands after sweeping the preliminaries. She has 18 wins out of 45 starts and is trained by Kevin Switzer.

The Betsy Ross will be the 11th race on the staked-laden program, going for a purse of $150,000. It is part of a $10,000 guaranteed stakes pick 4 which starts in race number 9. The Pick 4 always has a low 15% takeout. Post Time is 12:40 Eastern.

by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia

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