In 2007, it was Boulder Creek by a neck. In 2008, it was Artistic Fella pulling away. This year's $500,000 Ben Franklin held Sunday (July 18) afternoon at Harrah's Chester Casino and Racetrack saw Tim Tetrick take his third renewal of the race, driving Brittany Farms and the Brian Monieson Revocable Trust's Vintage Master ($8.00) to an off-the-pace 1:49.0 harness racing victory.
had no part of a contested pace, which saw Three of Spades, Keep It Real, Foiled Again, , and all in the firing line early. With Keep It Real (George Napolitano) making the early lead and Three of Spades (Jonathan Roberts) closing the pocket immediately, small-track specialist Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) was parked again through a :26.0 first quarter.
Passing the judge on the first occasion, Foiled Again began to stall, prompting George Brennan to move 2-5 favouritethree-wide, and followed the three-wide flow past a :54.0 half mile.
On the backstretch, Keep It Real faced heavy pressure fromafter parrying the challenge of Foiled Again, battling on the far turn past three-quarters in 1:21.0, with in prime second-over striking position. At head-stretch, had put away Keep It Real, but wasted no time kicking three-wide, taking over 150 yards out and prevailing by a length in 1:49.0. was a game second, just holding off the ground-saving Atochia. Keep It Real faded to fourth.
from Harrah's Chester publicity department