World champion Boulder Creek outlasted a late bid from Four Starz Sue to take this week's Open Handicap Pace at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack, while My Perfect Rhyme, and Green Day were also victorious in their Open events.
A short field of six contested Sunday (August 3) afternoon's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace, and 9-5 public choice Philos Hanover went immediately to the front from his outside post position before conceding the lead to Boulder Creek ($6.40) through an opening quarter of :26.1.
Daniel Dube and Boulder Creek cleared the front before three-eighths completion, and continued to rate a :54.2 half before facing mild pressure from a first-over Psilvuheartbreaker (Jim Meittinis) up the backstretch.
Pushed to a 27-second third quarter and a three-quarter split of 1:21.2, Boulder Creek was forced all-out through the stretch, as Four Starz Sue (Tim Tetrick) was loaded with pace from second-over.
Boulder Creek prevailed by a neck from Four Starz Sue, and Psilvuheartbreaker held third in the 1:49.4 mile.
Josh Green trains the eight-year-oldgelding for Larry Baron.
My Perfect Rhyme ($15.00) was a minor upset in Monday's (August 4) Fillies and Mares Open Handicap Pace, circling the field in the final eighth of a mile for a 1:51.0 victory.
The five-year-oldmare sat well off the pace as Ball Gown A (Cat Manzi) and Bikini Bottom (Eric Goodell) dueled through an opening quarter of :26.3.
Go On BB (Yannick Gingras) quickly brushed to the front thereafter, clearing before the bridge turn and pressing the pace to a :54.2 half mile. Go On BB found no reprieve in the third quarter, as Guestimate (Daniel Dube) applied steady first-over pressure, and Tim Tetrick moved My Perfect Rhyme to a third-over position, within four lengths of the lead past three-quarters in 1:22.0.
With much of the field tiring from a strenuous :55.2 middle half, My Perfect Rhyme was able to circle the field in the stretch, winning by three parts of a length from Ball Gown A. Flirtwithedealer (Corey Callahan) held third.
Erv Miller trains My Perfect Rhyme for Tanah Merah Farms, LLC.
Thursday (August 7) afternoon's Open Handicap Trot went to Green Day ($13.20), who held off Beach Nut Brand in deep stretch for a 1:53.0 score.
American Lane (Cat Manzi) and Green Day both showed speed, and caught a break early when 11-5 favorite Railee Possible (Daniel Dube) broke stride in the first turn.
Although American Lane assumed the early lead, Andy Miller moved Green Day to the front just past a quarter of :27.3 before backing the tempo down to a :57.0 half-mile.
With Vivid Photo (Roger Hammer) making progress up the backstretch, Beach Nut Brand (Tim Tetrick) tipped out in front, reaching Green Day's wheel past three-quarters in 1:24.4.
Despite a constant grind from Beach Nut Brand through the final quarter-mile, Green Day prevailed by half a length, winning in 1:53.0. Beach Nut Brand was a tough second, with Vivid Photo finishing third.
im Raymer trains the four-year-oldgelding for Trillium Racing Stable.
Super Stakes Sunday is just around the corner, with the best three-year-olds in harness racing to converge on Harrah's Chester on August 17.
First post for this historic day in Pennsylvania racing is set for 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
James Witherite-Rieg, on-course commentator at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack