Day At The Track

Ballerat Boomerang rebounds in feature

09:52 AM 16 Sep 2019 NZST
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Ballerat Boomerang (#2) held off a late bid from K Ryan Bluechip in Sunday's featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia.
Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos.
Chester, PA -- Class relief enabled Yonkers invader Ballerat Boomerang ($10.80) to sustain a first-over bid en route to a 1:50.3 victory in the Sunday afternoon (Sept. 15) harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.
 
On the undercard, George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with five wins, capped by a 1:49.2 mile from Dealt A Winner ($3.20) in the sub-feature.

The 6-year-old If I Can Dream gelding was unhurried early by Pat Berry, settling in midfield while K Ryan Bluechip (Tony Morgan) and Daamericansky (Austin Siegelman) disputed a :26.3 first quarter. With nine-sixteenths to go, Berry angled Ballerat Boomerang first-over, and he advanced steadily into a :55.2 half mile before pushing clear of K Ryan Bluechip up the backstretch.

Ballerat Boomerang tried to accelerate away up the far side by way of a :27 third sectional, but K Ryan Bluechip maintained a close pocket through the final turn before angling out in upper stretch. Ballerat Boomerang held his ground to the winning post, notching the 44th win of his career by three-quarters of a length over K Ryan Bluechip. Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) circled around a stalled Little Ben (Daniel Dube) off the far turn to claim third.

Nick Surick trains Ballerat Boomerang for the Engel Stable of Illinois and the J L Benson Stables.

In the sub-featured $14,500 conditioned pace, Dealt A Winner overcame the back row by way of an early and lively flow to post a dominant 7-1/2 length victory over Alotbettor N. Napolitano drove the Mark Silva trainee to the 19th win of his career.

Dealt A Winner's win keyed a 9-4-5-2-6 combination in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $257.82 to multiple bettors. The carryover for Wednesday's (Sept. 18) fifth race has grown to $24,142.29.

First post for Wednesday's 13-race card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.

by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media
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