A strong field of eight winner's over $25,000 lifetime trotters lined up for action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (August 28).
The wagering public put their support into millionaire trotter Uncle Peter, despite post eight.
At the start, it was the outside horses, NF Happenstance () and Uncle Peter ( ) leaving the gate well, with Uncle Peter clearing the lead just after the quarter in 27.2. The leader was able to rate the second quarter in :29, before facing a challenge from the first-over Opening Night ( ).
These two battled to the head of the lane, and that's when the closers started to take aim.
They lined up five across the track in an exciting stretch drive. In the end, it was thetrainee Crosbys Clam Bake ( ) closing fastest of all, stopping the clock in 1:54.3, for his third straight win.
Wind of the North closed up the inside for second, while NF Happenstance finished third. Crosbys Clam Bake is owned by Jack Piatt II, Tom Pollack, and trainer. He rewarded his backers with a handsome $40.60 mutuel, which produced a $516.80 exacta.
by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia