Four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for freshman trotters were contested at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (August 14), each going for a purse of over $65,000.
In the first division, the wagering public backed Tick Tok Tag (-Tags Schooner) who was coming off two narrow defeats against similar at The Meadows. Off the gate, it was the trainee Ralph R ( -Aiken For Clay) going for the lead, but he quickly yielded to the favorite at the quarter, which went in :29 seconds flat. There was no change in position until the top of the stretch, when Ralph R emerged out of the pocket, and was able to out duel Tick Tok Tag in the late stages, winning by a nose, in a time of 1:57.2. Divisionist ( -Only Lonely) finished third. Ralph R is owned by The Ervin Miller Stables and Paymaq Racing, trained by , and was driven by .
In Division two, undefeated Piercewave Hanover (-Passionate Glide) was the one to beat, sent off as the public choice. As the wings closed, the favorite sprinted right out for the lead, with the charge Colbert ( -Domestic Diva) securing the pocket spot, by the quarter in :28 seconds. After rating a :31 second quarter, Piercewave Hanover felt pressure from a first-over Honor And Serve ( -Honorable Daughter). As they turned for home, the two were on even terms, with Honor And Serve grinding to victory, stopping the clock in 1:57. Piercewave Hanover finished second, while Explosive Drama ( -Phillycityhall) rallied for third.
In the third division, it was James Bafia and Eugene White's Shoot The Thrill (-Fancy N Diamonds) picking up the victory. At the start, it was Special Action ( -Special Appeal) moving out for the lead, with Lima Pride ( -Pacific Legacy) , by a quarter in :29.1. The leader rated a :32.1 second quarter, before vacated the pocket with Lima Pride. They battled for the lead until the top of the stretch, where Special Action made a break, allowing driver to split foes with Shoot The Thrill, springing the mild upset in 1:59.1. Lima Pride was second, while Chef Lee ( -Summer Savory) finished third. Shoot The Thrill is trained by .
In the fourth and final division, the wagering was evenly split between unbeaten Billy Flynn (-Zeta Jones) and Walter White ( -Muscaloosa). At the start, Billy Flynn and Walter White left in tandem for the lead, with Billy Flynn eventually re-taking after a quarter in 28.3. After a rated :30.2 second quarter, the leader faced a first-over challenge from Vintage Hall ( -Sweet Vintage) but was able to put him away just past three-quarters. Into the stretch, Billy Flynn squared off with Walter White, who attacked up the open stretch. They hit the line together, with the narrow win going to Billy Flynn in 1:57.4. Billy Flynn is owned by Bender Sweden Inc, trained by Steffan Lind, and was driven by . Wicker Hanover ( -Won An Done) finished third.