Harness racing sensation, See You At Peelers, lived up to advance billing with a powerful win to extend her career-long winning streak to 22 races in the $350,000 Valley Forge for 3-year-old filly pacers at Harrah's Chester on Sunday (August 21).
See You At Peelers made a move to take the lead at the opening quarter in 26.4 and led thereafter through fractions of 54.4, 1:22.2 enroute to an easy four length victory in 1:50.2. Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) finished second with Idyllic (David Miller) another length and three-quarters back in third.
Johansson gave testimony to the ease of See You At Peelers’ victory.
“One move and it was over. She took me home from there,” Johansson said.
The question still lingers as to whether or not the daughter of Bettor’s Delight will race against colts in the Little Brown Jug next month. Her trainer, Jimmy Takter, was coy in his response to the question.
“She’s in super form right now,” Takter said. “But I won’t decide until the last week. I like to keep everyone in suspense,” he said with a smile.
See You At Peelers, who is owned by Cristina Takter and John and Jim Fielding, increased her lifetime earnings to just shy of $1.5 million with her Valley Forge win.
The $500,000 Colonial Trot
The $500,000 Colonial for 3-year-old trotters saw beaten Hambletonian favorite,turn the tables on Hambo winner .
(George Brennan) got out to a quick lead at the start and led the field through a 27.1 quarter and 55.2 half as settled along the rail in fourth.
As the field headed down the backside, driver David Miller movedto the outside and gradually moved into contention as passed the three panel mark in 1:24.
On the final turn,caught the leader and wore him down through the stretch to register a three-quarter length win in 1:53, which equaled the track record held jointly by and . (Brian Sears), who had raced on the rail for most of the mile, angled to the outside and rallied to finish a game second. A late-closing Pastor Stephen (Ron Pierce) was third, four and one-half lengths behind the winner.
Manyofmanymissions, acolt who is owned by Manyofmanymissions Stable, Mystical Marker Farm, and M. Biasuzzi Stable and trained by Erv Miller, collected his fifth win of the year in taking the Colonial final and increased his seasonal earnings to $472,000.
$500,000 Battle of the Brandywine
Bluechip Bloodstock, Demeter, Not To Worry Stable, and Winbak Farm’shad to muster every ounce of his ability to score a narrow win in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine for 3-year-old pacers.
was gunned to the top at the start by driver Ronnie Pierce and forced Powerful Mist (Andy Miller) and Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague) to take tucks in a fast first panel in 26.4.
Pierce kepton the engine, passing the midway point of the mile in 54.4 with Alsace Hanover (Scott Zeron) beginning to move up first over from fourth.
By the time the field reached the final turn,had opened a two length lead in a three-quarter time of 1.21.2 , with Alsace Hanover’s rally apparently stalled.
But through the stretch, Alsace Hanover found something more and closed determinedly on the leader all the way to the wire.
However,responded to right hand urging by Pierce and gamely held on at the wire for a nose victory in 1:49.2.
Big Bad John (David Miller) rallied to salvage the show spot, beaten two lengths.
Trainer Ed Hart admitted his concern that the fast fractions would take a toll on.
“I was surprised how fast they went the third quarter,” Hart said. “I was a little worried that he would be able to hold on.”
passed the million dollar mark in earning this season with his tally in the Battle of the Brandywine. The Cam’s Card Shark colt, who is trained by Ed Hart, won for the fourth time in eight outings this season.
By Don BIELAK for Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack