Harness racing's brightest star, unbeaten world record holder See You At Peelers, heads a big day of harness racing as Chester Racetrack presents its fourth annual Super Stakes Sunday on August 21.
Super Stakes Sunday's main events consist of a trio of rich and prestigious Grand Circuit stakes for three-year-olds, the $500,000 Colonial Trot, the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Pace, and the $350,000 Valley Forge Pace. Several generous consolations for the three stakes, along with several high caliber overnight events, make up the undercard.
Christina Takter and John & Jim Fielding’s See You At Peelers, a winner of all of her 21 career starts while banking more than $1.3 million in purse money, will attempt to extend that record of excellence in the $350,000 Valley Forge for three-year-old filly pacers. The daughter of Bettor’s Delight should relish the Chester oval, having set a world record of 1:49.2 on the 5/8 mile track at Tioga Park this spring. See You At Peelers is trained by Jimmy Takter and will be driven by Marcus Johansson. The duo will start from post two as the 8-5 morning line choice.
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The main threats to the favorite are Krispy Apple, who has drawn the rail with Tim Tetrick, and Idyllic, who will leave the gate from post three with David Miller in the sulky.
For the first time since 2007 when Chester revived the Colonial Trot – once the crown jewel of the stakes schedule at the old Liberty Bell Park - the Hambletonian winner will participate. Fam Alber Horse Racing’s, fresh off a pacesetting victory on August 6 in the $1.5 million Hambo at the Meadowlands, will open on the board at 9-2 in the morning line. The son of has won half of his eight starts this year and has lifetime earnings of $1.1 million including his score in the Hambletonian. The Noel Daley trainee will start from post five and will be handled by his regular pilot, George Brennan.
However, the one to beat in the Colonial appears to be Purple Haze Stable’s. The colt has won seven of his nine outings this season, including a convincing score over in the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Pocono Downs in June. , a small oval specialist, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The Trond Smedshammer trainee will start from post two with Brian Sears.
The Battle of the Brandywine shapes up as a showdown between the $1 million Meadowlands Pace winner,, and the winner of the Adios, Alsace Hanover.
, who is owned by Bluechip Bloodstock, Demeter, Not To Worry Stable and Winbak Farm and is conditioned by Ed Hart, has accumulated more than $1 million in his career and comes into the Battle off a solid third place finish in a division of the Oliver Wendell Holmes at the Big M on August 6. The Cam’s Card Shark colt has drawn the rail and will be guided by Ronnie Pierce as the 7-2 second choice in the early line.
The 5-2 choice in the Battle of the Brandywine is John Fielding’s Alsace Hanover. The gelded son ofhas shown an affinity for smaller ovals and enters the Battle off an impressive victory in the $500,000 Adios final at the Meadows on July 30. Alsace Hanover, who has won six of his nine starts this season, has been installed as the 5-2 choice in the line. He will leave the gate from post five and will be handled by Scott Zeron for trainer Tony O’Sullivan.
First post for Chester’s big 13 race Super Stakes Sunday card has been set for 2 p.m.
By Don BIELAK for Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack