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CHESTER, PA - The favorites looked ready to pounce off cover in the $12,800 featured harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon, but the temperature in the 90s had been favoring speed horses and not being kind to closers - such was the case here when pocketsitter Remarkable De Vie, at odds of 14-1, came up the inside to catch pacesetter With Out A Doubt in 1:56.4. With Out A Doubt had claimed the lead before the :28.4 quarter, with driver George Napolitano Jr. (a six-time winner on the day) settling the Charlie De Vie gelding Remarkable De Vie on his back. Trixar began a first-over move nearing the :58.4 half and battled the pacesetter to and past the 1:27.4 three-quarters, with favored Heart N Soul Deo and second choice Loyal Fox Hanover second-over and third-over, respectively, and ready to take on the embattled leaders. The chalk couldn't mount enough stretch kick, however, and Remarkable De Vie came up the inside to just nab With Out A Doubt; Trixar held third ahead of the favorites. Clifton Green is the trainer of the winner for owner Steven Mullen. Remarkable De Vie paid $30.40 to win. A trio of victorious three-year-olds with a bright future caught the eye Friday. The Captaintreacherous colt Force N Fury, winner of his Kindergarten Series Final last season, didn't let things like making his first start of the year and having to go first-up hinder him from an eye-opening 1:51.1 win for driver Dexter Dunn, trainer Tony Alagna (who harnessed three winners, each handled by different drivers), and the ownership of Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Al Libfeld. The Donato Hanover sophomore filly Dip Me Hanover, who was second in her Kindergarten Final last season, took her first win of the campaign, taking a three-ply stretch duel against her contemporary misses in a career-best 1:54.1. David Miller positioned the Linda Toscano trainee in the two-hole, sat behind front-end fighters Hannah (inside) and Iron Mine Diva (outside), then went to the inside and got the decision by a neck over the "Diva," with Hannah right in the fight to the wire. Dip Me Hanover already has a career bankroll of $257,141 for Camelot Stable Inc., Dreamville Stable, and R-And-I Farms LLC. Another filly, the $500,000 yearling Fifty Cent Piece, has now won half of her six career starts after fronting her field in a 1:55.4 triumph, taking a new mark. The Muscle Hill miss went her last quarter in :27.4 and withstood stubborn challenger Arclight Hanover for driver Mattias Melander, trainer/brother Marcus Melander, and the S R F Stable. One of the few off-the-pace winners during the entire warm week so far was IC A Free Spirit, who posted a $73.80 victory in rallying wide off a hot pace. Philly has now had four $50+ winners since its recent reopening - and trainer Adrian Wisher has two of them, Fox Valley Inferno at $51.00 before and now IC A Free Spirit.  From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Harrah's Philadelphia will be hosting one of its strongest non-stakes harness racing cards in quite some time this Sunday afternoon, with three $20,000 events for the fast-class older horses set to go, topped by an appearance from the 2019 Harness Horse of the Year, Shartin N. Now seven, Shartin N is a New Zealand import by Tintin In America, and she certainly has been a ruthless force at the very top of the older pacing female ranks in North America the last two years. She has won 43 of her 58 lifetime starts, and she has bankrolled $2,153,030, the vast majority of it for present owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. She is the fastest pacing mare of all-time by virtue of a 1:46.4 victory at The Meadowlands last year, and she also holds her division's track record at Philly, 1:48. Shartin N has been assigned the outside post in the field of eight - but she has shown he can handle tough starting assignments in the past. In fact, she showed that fact as recently as this past Tuesday, where she won from the eight post at Yonkers despite a grueling trip. Co-owner Tim Tetrick will again be guiding the champion for trainer Jim King Jr., the husband of another co-owner. Shartin N's race will be race ten on the fourteen race card. The first of the three $20,000 events, a handicap event for older male pacers in race three, will also find the favorite starting from post eight. His name is Dorsoduro Hanover, a Somebeachsomewhere five-year-old gelding who has earned over $1.6 million, most of that during his three-year-old season, when he was named the top three-year-old pacing colt in North America. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive for trainer Ron Burke, with major opposition expected from the consistent Highalator and Shake That House, making his 2020 debut after a top campaign as a sophomore last year. The sixth race high-class trot finds a Canadian import, Run Director, accorded early favoritism. A son of Kadabra, Run Director comes to Philly from Woodbine Mohawk Park, where he has been triumphant in two of three seasonal races, including a 1:52.2 mile in his last start. To be driven by David Miller for trainer Andrew Harris, Run Director at his best would be right there with Eurobond, Muscle M Up, and other top contenders. The Sunday card at Philly Sunday is so good that Western Joe and Rock The Devil, both of whom have won in sub-1:50 this year, are part of the undercard! Post time for the first event is set for 12:40 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - Trainer Nancy Takter and driver Dexter Dunn combined to win the fastest two of the four divisions of the $218,260 first preliminary round of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with Red Right Hand, whose 1:52 was the fastest clocking among the babies, salvaging some honor for tote-board favorites, who had taken a PaSS drubbing up until then. Red Right Hand, a Captaintreacherous colt out of the mare Preppy Party Girl, gradually made his way to the front past a :27.2 quarter, went to the half in :56.2, then received a stern challenge from Summa Cum Laude before, through, and after the 1:24 three-quarters. Red Right Hand dug in to keep his game opponent at bay by a neck for the partnership of Christina Takter, Nancy Takter and JAF Racing, Joe Sbrocco, and R A W Equine Inc. The other successful Takter - Dunn teaming was with the Always B Miki - Beach Gal colt Always A Miki, who followed up on a 1:56 morning victory with a well-deserved 1:52.2 mark here. Always A Miki was fifth, some 6½ lengths behind at the half, but the colt just kept eating into the leader Literl Lad Hanover's margin, then left him behind by 1½ lengths with personal back fractions raw of :54.3 - :27.1 for his owners, Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and the Rojan Stables. The Sweet Lou - Lucy's Pearl colt Lou's Pearlman was let go at 7-1 despite having the best qualifying win time of all the PaSS horses (1:54), and he responded by lowering his tab further to 1:53.3. Another colt having to overcome a difficult first-up journey, Lou's Pearlman showed determination en route to a neck victory over inside rallier Crunch Hanover for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC along with Elizabeth Novak. Bayfield Beach dropped five seconds from his first qualifier to his second, and for his pari-mutuel debut he dropped over three more seconds en route to a 1:52.4 in-hand victory. David Miller got the call to guide the Somebeachsomewhere - DB Blue Chip colt for trainer Brian Brown and the ownership of Crossover Racing, Country Club Acres Inc., Rich Lombardo Racing LLC, and Joe Sbrocco (who joined Christina Takter with an ownership double in the Sire Stakes). In the six $20,000 Stallion Series races, driver David Miller and trainer Blake MacIntosh teamed twice with winning shippers from Woodbine Mohawk Park: first with the Somebeachsomewhere - Lady Be Great colt Great Somewhere, an easy 1:55.1 winner for the partnership of the trainer, Reginald Pettipas, Ruth Irving, and Gilles Landry, and then with the Captaintreacherous - Bittorsweet Terror colt Bazooka Hanover, who looked ripe for passing in midstretch but grittily went on to defeat Caviart Skipper by a neck, with Fernet About It just photoed out for the deuce, in 1:56.4 for owner Steve Heimbacker. The cardopening Stallion Series winner, the Sweet Lou - Edra Hanover colt Emblaze Hanover, had several distinctions for driver Matt Kakaley, trainer Ron Burke, and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby - he was the fastest winner in this sector in 1:53.3; he gave Kakaley-Burke the distinction of being the only teaming to win both a Sire Stake and a Stallion Series race; and he was the only StS winner not to be on the lead at the half, using "pocket rocket" tactics en route to the win. In a stretch duel of sons of Betting Line, Andres Hanover (out of Anadarko Hanover) held off the late shot of Rifleman by a neck in 1:54 for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Andrew Harris, and the partnership of Michael Goldberg Racing Inc. and A Harris Racing LLC. The other StS credit for Betting Line was also a battle between two of his colts - Batterup Hanover (out of Beachbunny Hanover) withstood favored Caviart Richmond by a half-length in 1:55.4 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder, the latter co-owner with William Ezzo and Barry Spak. Finally, Rollbin, a son of A Rocknroll Dance - Binions, sustained late on the front end for a half-length decision over Get Along in 1:55.2. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, was in the sulky for trainer Jim King Jr. and his wife/owner Jo Ann Looney-King. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes made their 2020 debut on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with four $53,534 Sire Stakes for two-year-old fillies and the same class going in four $20,000 cuts of Pennsylvania Stallion Series action. "Breed the best to the best and hope for the best" is an old racetrack adage, and it produced the fastest Sire Stakes winner, as the offspring of two Horses of the Year (Always B Miki and JK She'sagreatlady), JK Alwaysbalady, posted an easy 4½ lengths victory in an impressive 1:52.1. Yannick Gingras sent the filly to the lead, yielded to Wicked Ways to sit in the pocket behind her, then vacated that hole and powered off all alone late. The Nancy Takter-trained miss has a "ceiling unlimited" future right now for the 3 Brothers Stable. Always B Miki picked up another sire credit in the Sire Stakes when his Grace Hill, out of the mare Western Silk, made a quarter-move to control the throttle, then snapped home in :55.2 to complete a 1:53 victory while staying 1¼ lengths clear of Marsala Hanover. Dexter Dunn was in charge of the Canadian shipper for trainer Nifty Norman and owner Tom Hill. Yannick Gingras had another Sire Stakes victory as the Captaintreacherous - Aria Hanover filly Blue Diamond Eyes headed a 1-2-3 finish for trainer Ron Burke with a 1:53.3 victory after brushing to the lead just before the half. Stablemate Continualou closed strongly to miss catching the winner by only half a length, while Ocean's Apart, another 1½ lengths back, completed the Trifecta for the Brigade. Blue Diamond Eyes, the only favorite to win in the Sires ranks, is owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon. Five of the six entrants in the other Sires event came to the race with a baby qualifying win already on their card - so naturally it was the "non-winner," the Betting Line - Wild West Show distaff Let 'Er Buck, who proved the most photogenic the first time the money was on the line, defeating Lyonssoftassilk by a neck at the end of a 1:55 mile. Mark MacDonald guided the filly, who was the only horse on the 14-race card to win a race coming off of cover, for owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. Dexter Dunn added two Stallion Series victories to his Sire Stakes win, both with daughters of Somebeachsomewhere: first Beach Crazy (out of Crosswinds Cupcake), a 1:55.3 winner for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Steve Sexton, and then Podium Girl (whose dam is Cinamony), who was clear at the end of a 1:56.2 victory for trainer Chris Ryder and Henderson Farms. Beach Crazy's 1:55.3 Stallion Series win tied her for speed honors in that part of the day's competition with the Betting Line - Beach Showoff baby Showmethetanlines, who withstood Briar by a head for trainer Brett Bittle and the Shmuel Farm. In the other StS race, the Captaintreacherous - Auniqueaquistion filly High Minded was allowed to dawdle to the half, then smoked home in :56.4 - :27.3 to complete a 1:58.2 mile for driver Scott Zeron, trainer Linda Toscano, and the partnership of the Camelot Stable Inc., Fred Wallace, The Bay's Stable LLC, and Steve Stewart. And if it wasn't a stakes race at Philly on Wednesday, George Napolitano Jr. probably won it - he checked in first four times. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - 2019's Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, Lyons Sentinel, continued her preparations for the imminent stakes season with a 1:54.3 qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia early Tuesday afternoon. The daughter of Captaintreacherous, who was also last year's leading moneywinning freshman at $801,809, made a frontward move at the half and hung up successive :28 quarters to post an easy 2½ length victory, giving her now two wins and a second in preseason qualifying action. Threelyonsracing owns the Jim King Jr. trainee, who was driven as usual by Tim Tetrick. In two-year-old qualifying action, two pacing colts tied for fastest mile of the day by winning in 1:57.2. The Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach went down the road from the rail, stepping home in :57.2 - :28.1 for trainer/driver Roland Mallar and owners Alan Johnston, Northfork Racing Stable, and John Craig; matching that clocking was the Always B Miki - Don't Deny Me gelding Dontpassme Hanover, a pocket rocket for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Mark Harder, the latter also co-owner with Rick Phillips. In the trots for babies, speed honors went to the Bar Hopping - Up Front Annika gelding Ginger Tree Knox, who made every pole a winning one in 2:00.4 for trainer/driver Steve Cook and the partnership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Double D Racing Stable and the Reber-Chasen Stable. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and its complementary Stallion Series program make their 2020 debuts on Wednesday and Thursday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with over $600,000 to be on the line as two-year-old pacers lead off the action - the fillies on Wednesday, and the colts and geldings on Thursday. In Wednesday's filly racing, three of the babies have already achieved sub-1:55 marks in qualifying action, including the pair drawing innermost in the race seven division. The Betting Line - Darena Hanover miss Darby Hanover won at The Meadowlands in 1:54, with a sizzling :26.2 last quarter; she'll start from the rail for trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller. Right next to her will be the Always B Miki - Western Silk filly Grace Hill, who ships to Philly after a 1:54.4 win at the Toronto area's Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dexter Dunn will handle the driving assignment behind her for trainer Mark Harder. The other sub-1:55 filly, Blue Diamond Eyes, begins from the rail for trainer Ron Burke, who has no fewer than nine fillies in the four divisions of the Sires - three in this section and two in the others. Blue Diamond Eyes, a daughter of Captaintreacherous - Aria Hanover, came her last three-quarters in 1:23.3 when she won at The Meadowlands in 1:54.3. Yannick Gingras has the sulky assignment Wednesday. Burke has "only" seven entrants in Thursday's action for males, but he does have the fastest winner to date in the Sweet Lou - Lucy's Pearl colt Lou's Pearlman, who defeated his stablemate Fulsome (Betting Line - Triple V Hanover) by 1¾ lengths in a Gaitway qualifier in 1:54. The post position draw was not kind to the Burke Brigade duo - Lou's Pearlman must start from the outside in the seventh race division field of seven, with Fulsome only one notch to his left on the starting gate. This seventh race Sires cut may prove to be the toughest of the four sections for colts, as also in the field are Captains Place (Captaintreacherous - Dream Out Loud), winner of three straight qualifiers at Scioto Downs; Billy Clyde (Always B Miki - Jan It Jackson), perfect in two lines including a 1:55.4 win in a purse start at Pocono; and Crunch Hanover (Captaintreacherous - Code One Hanover), who won both his preps for this contest. There will be four Sire Stakes and four Stallion Series races for the fillies on Wednesday; Thursday will have four Sires contests and six Stallion Series races. The cream of the Pennsylvania breeding ranks are certainly represented in these first stakes of the season, with no fewer than 22 of the freshmen over the two days bringing $100,000 or more as a yearling last fall, in addition to several attractive homebreds. Racing will start at Harrah's Philadelphia at 12:25 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- After tasting defeat in his first two races of 2020, Our Max Phactor N ($8.40) put it all together in Sunday's (June 28) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. While the 8-year-old Art Major gelding employed similar tactics as he did in a narrow defeat to Prairie Panther at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 20, the outcome proved far more favorable. George Napolitano Jr. used Our Max Phactor N early from post five to secure the pocket behind 12-1 pacesetter Imarocnrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno), and the pair were content to draft behind stout early splits of :26.3 and :54.4 before angling out of the pocket on the backstretch. Our Max Phactor N worked to the lead with five-sixteenths to go, pressed on to a widening advantage past three-quarters in 1:21.3, and braced for a late push from odds-on favorite Dealt A Winner (David Miller) off the final turn. Straightening for home, Our Max Phactor N had built up a two-length lead, but Dealt A Winner lifted boldly off cover and closed stoutly in the final sixteenth. Our Max Phactor N responded to the challenge, prevailing over Dealt A Winner by a diminishing half length in 1:50.1. Love Me Some Lou (George Brennan) finished third, 2-1/4 lengths farther back, after levelling off at head-stretch. Trainer Andrew Harris co-owns 26-time winner Our Max Phactor N with Michael Goldberg Racing LLC, Bruce Areman and the Prem Dan Stable. Trainer Ron Burke scored a hat trick on the 14-race card, sending Seeing Eye Single ($4.80, 1:52.2), Mayfield Duke ($9.00, 1:52.4) and Larry Karr ($3.00, 1:50.3) to victory. Yannick Gingras drove all three. David Miller earned top honors among drivers with four winners on the program. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 1), with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action for 2-year-old pacing fillies headlining the 14-race program. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - The Explosive Matter sophomore filly Queen Of The Hill went to the lead in her harness racing seasonal debut, the $12,600 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, then had to dig down deep to hold off With Out A Doubt by a neck in 1:56.3. Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind Queen Of The Hill as she was victorious for trainer Per Engblom and owner Al Libfeld. She has now amassed $181,134 in her still-brief career as the stakes season approaches. Queen Of The Hill was second in her Matron Stake contest last year; on the colt side, the Father Patrick colt Patriarch Hanover had that distinction, and he also won for the first time in 2020 later in the card. Matt Kakaley kept the winner of $123,920 off a hot (:27.1, :55.3, 1:24.1) pace, then tipped him wide off cover and won nicely for trainer Ron Burke and Burke Racing Stable LLC, William Switala, James Martin, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The Credit Winner - Velma K freshman trotting filly Etra De Vie did not have an easy trip in her purse debut, but she trotted her back half in :56.2 to catch favored Pub Crawl by a neck in 1:57.3. Dexter Dunn got the most out of the filly for trainer Jenny Melander and Belmar Racing And Breeding LLC. Fastest mile on the pace was the 1:50.4 lifetime best turned in by Captain Mulzac, a son of Captaintreacherous who now has nine wins in but 21 career starts for trainer Kevin McDermott and owners 3 Fools LLC, Francis Azur, Jim Winske, and Stephen Michaels. Captain Mulzac's driver Tim Tetrick brought home the winning horse five times on the card (which he left after the eleventh of fourteen races to fulfill early commitments at The Meadowlands). That gives the defending dashwinning driving champion fifteen victories here since Wednesday, and he is scheduled to be at Philly Sunday, when racing resumes at 12:40. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and companion Stallion Series make their 2020 debuts on Wednesday and Thursday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with over $600,000 on the line for promising two-year-old pacers. The fillies start off the action Wednesday with four Sire Stakes divisions and a like number of Stallion Series cuts, while on Thursday colts and geldings will compete in four sections of Sire Stakes and six of the Stallion Series. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA – Trainer Tom Fanning, driver Tim Tetrick, and owner Joseph Smith combined to win the two fast-class harness racing events during the “Trottin’ Thursday” card at Harrah’s Philadelphia, while a few younger horses showed themselves ready for stakes action with convincing victories. The top purse event was a $14,400 event taken by the Cantab Hall gelding Mississippi Storm, whom Tetrick put on the lead at the quarter and went on to a handy 1:54 victory, with Morairtime second and favored Trolley third behind the victorious winner of $315,724 for Fanning and Smith. In the co-feature, the engine also provided the path to success for the Trixton gelding No Drama Please, who came in for some drama at the three-quarter pole when Perfect Stick made a big uncovered move to draw even, but the pacesetter shook off that one’s challenge to take a new mark of 1:53.2 and boost his bankroll to $242,676 for Team Fanning/Tetrick/Smith. In a showdown between two quality three-year-old trotters, the filly Shishito made her first start of the year a winning one, heading right to the lead and holding off the outside challenge of the colt Capricornus in 1:53.3. The earner of $246,912 was driven by Dexter Dunn for trainer Per Engblom and the ownership of Black Horse Racing and John Fielding. Another sophomore trotting filly making a winning bow in 2020 was the Sebastian K S miss Next Level Stuff, who tucked early, followed up second-over, then had strong trot in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:54.2 while raising her earnings to $172,255. Tim Tetrick had the winning steer for trainer Jim Campbell and the Runthetable Stables. The two-year-old pacing fillies made their pari-mutuel bows, and the Roll With Joe – Lorrie Please baby Easy To Please certainly stamped her name in many observer’s memory, holding off the impeccably-bred (Always B Miki – JK She’salady) JK Alwaysbalady easily. The real eye-opener was the timer – after Easy To Please made the lead and strolled to the half in :59.3, she then blitzed home in :54.4 - :27.1 – in her first purse start – to complete a 1:54.2 package. Allan Davis drove the fast filly for trainer Michael Hall, also co-owner with the CTC Stable and the Our Three Sons Stable LLC.   Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - A pair of pacing distaffs with impeccable pedigrees were the stars of the show on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the southeast Pennsylvania track began its first full week of harness racing. The American Ideal - JK Black Beauty four-year-old JK American Beauty came out of the pocket and chased down pacesetting Tango Dancer N, who had upset the "Beauty" in her 2020 debut at The Meadowlands, drawing clear while taking a new mark of 1:50.1. I'm Very Special (fourth in that same Jersey race) closed well for second, 1½ lengths back and a length ahead of Tango Dancer N, but not getting to the winner, who came her own back half in :54.4 to raise her career earnings to $440,027 with the triumph. Yannick Gingras sat in his usual sulky seat for trainer Nancy Takter and the 3 Brothers Stables. The Captaintreacherous - Dolphins Can Talk sophomore Baby Your The Best got her 2020 season off to a dandy start in the first race of the day, making the lead past the quarter and (like JK American Beauty) stepping her back half in :54.4 to lower her record by two-fifths while stopping the timer in 1:51.1. The winner of over a quarter-million dollars at two looked like she was ready to start adding significantly to that total, with David Miller driving for trainer Linda Toscano and owners Richard and Joanne Young. 2019 Philly dashwinning driving champion Tim Tetrick displayed midseason form on the second day of the meet, piloting six winners home first, despite four of them having to come on via the uncovered route. He also produced the biggest "bomb" of the young season when he took the maiden Lady Phoenix to a 1:55.1 triumph while paying $64.60 to win. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia    

CHESTER PA - With the start of the harness racing stakes season for two-year-olds swiftly approaching, some talented freshmen were out for preparatory action at Harrah's Philadelphia on Tuesday morning. On the pacing side, driver Allan Davis and trainer Mike Hall shared honors with driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr., as both duos had two filly wins and a colt victory. Davis/Hall had the fastest winner on each sex, with 1:56.2 miles, the first coming with the Always B Miki - Barbuda Babe gelding Grand Cayman, who made a break in his first outing but minded his manners in a 1:56.2 wire-to-wire win with a :28 last quarter. Hall co-owns the freshman with CTC Stable and Howard Taylor. King/Tetrick kept pace among the males with the Sweet Lou - Aries Angel colt Sweet Angel Boy, home in 27.4 in a 2:00 tally for owner Jo Ann Looney-King. Fastest among the fillies on the sidewheeling gait was the Somebeachsomewhere - Arrivista Hanover miss Waterboard, who made two moves in going on to the 1:56.2 victory for Davis/Hall, the latter co-owner with Let It Ride Stables Inc. and CTC Stable. Hall and CTC teamed up for a third two-year-old win with the Roll With Joe - Grizzly Mama miss Roll On Mama, who moved to the lead in the front of the stands and went on to a 1:57 victory, with back fractions of :56.3 and :28.1 under Davis's tutelage. Tetrick/King countered, first with Somebeachsomewhere - Bettor Than Silk distaff Lyons Softassilk, who closed from far back in :27.2 to win in 1:57.1 for Threelyonsracing, and then with 1:56.2 winner Sniper Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous - Snippet Hanover who became the only baby of the day to post a second qualifying win. Jo Ann Looney-King co-owns this promising baby with Tim Tetrick LLC. The Jim Campbell barn finished first in both events for young trotting males, with Jeremy Morrison guiding both two-year-olds to the wins. Take All Comers, a Creatine - Nantab colt, went wire-to-wire in a 1:58.3 win for Runthetable Stables; the Muscle Hill - Cocktail Hour colt Cricket Fashion raced behind slow fractions, then came on to win in 2:05 for Fashion Farms LLC. Fastest two-year-old trotting filly was the Explosive Matter - La Boheme miss Lexa Hanover, who threw successive :29.1 back quarters for the 2:00.1 victory for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Steve LeBlanc, and the partnership of LeBlanc Racing Inc., Douglas Johnson, and Glenn Dyke. A final qualifying note: the Googoo Gaagaa sophomore trotting colt Yall Beneath Me was undefeated in seven Maryland stakes starts at two - by a combined margin of 133¾ lengths, or an average of just over 19 lengths per race. Yall Beneath Me won at first asking at three for driver Russell Foster and owner/trainer Richard Hans - but was only 11½ lengths clear of the field at the end of his 1:57.2 victory.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Alluneedisfaith N ($4.60) patiently rode along in the pocket before pouncing at head-stretch and dueling down Love Me Some Lou for a 1:50.2 victory in the opening day (Sunday, June 21) feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. The 6-year-old Art Major gelding and driver George Napolitano Jr. strode clear from post three and controlled a :27.3 opening quarter before ceding command to Love Me Some Lou (David Miller), who brushed from third off the first turn. Alluneedisfaith N was content to draft behind Love Me Some Lou through middle splits of :56 and 1:23.2 before emerging off the home turn to reengage Love Me Some Lou, who refused to back down. Alluneedisfaith N dug in to prevail by three-quarters of a length, while Love Me Some Lou remained a clear runner-up, 1-3/4 lengths better than the chasing Ana Afreet N (Tony Morgan). Ross Croghan trains 16-time winner Alluneedisfaith N for the Robert Cooper Stables LLC. The featured win was one of four on the day for Napolitano, whose driving grand slam was matched by Jordan Stratton. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (June 24), with a 14-race card slated for a 12:25 p.m. first post.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - 2019 Harness Horse of the Year Shartin N stuck to her recent off-the-pace tactics in a Thursday morning qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia, but she still devastated her field in a snappy 1:51 over a "good +1" oval. Driver Tim Tetrick had the daughter of Tintin In America in fourth, five lengths off the lead in a :55.3 half, then turned her loose down the backstretch, and she rocketed up in :26.3 to grab the lead before the three-quarters, drawing clear by 2¾ lengths. The Kiwi import may be approaching a career peak in short order for trainer Jim King Jr. and owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. Most of the other attention during the Philly a.m. session was paid to two-year-olds, the vast majority of whom were making their first trips behind the gate--and perhaps appropriately on a day when Shartin N raced here, both the trotting and pacing divisions saw a filly post the fastest clocking. The most impressive winner among the freshmen was Dancethenightaway, a daughter of A Rocknroll Dance - Mikayla Rose who pulled the pocket and gained into :56 - :27.1 back fractions to get up by a head in 1:57.1 over Easy To Please. Trainer/driver Andrew Stafford is also a co-owner along of the fast distaff with Bonnie Benson, John Johannsen, and Holly Case. The other two divisions of the two-year-old pacing filly events fell to Team Tetrick / King, with both winners kicking home in :27.2 - Sniper Hanover (Captaintreacherous - Snippet Hanover) in 1:58.3 and Lady Newton (Sweet Lou - I'm Sassy) in 2:01.4. Quickest of the young pacing males was the Roll With Joe - Shawnee Dancer colt Dancing Joe, who came his personal back half in :56.4 to freeze the timer at 1:58.3 at the finish for driver Tony Morgan and owner/trainer Chris Temming. Among trotters, the Donato Hanover - Dream Child filly You Ato Dream blasted home in :29.1 to win her bow in 2:02. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory is also a co-owner in the promising miss with William Richardson, George Romanoff, and Martin Garey. Success in the events for trotting males went to the Donato Hanover - Fortune Of Fables colt in 2:03.3 for driver George Dennis and trainer Joe Columbo, along with the Bar Hopping - Up Front Annika gelding Ginger Tree Knox in 2:03.4 and trainer/driver Steve Cook. Harrah's Philadelphia will present its first pari-mutuel card of the year this Sunday at 12:40. The other three cards in the normal four-day racing week will be held Wednesday through Friday at 12:25. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - The trotters and pacers make their long-awaited return to the harness racing pari-mutuel action this Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with eight fast-class types lining up for the $14,400 seventh race featured event. Starting from the rail is the veteran Western Ideal gelding Ideal Jimmy, who returns to racing adding the medication Lasix and coming off two impressive qualifiers at the Wingate Farms Spa training center, on Monday finishing in 1:54.3 under a hold. A victory here would push Ideal Jimmy over $800,000 in career earnings for driver Marcus Miller, trainer/father Erv Miller, and owner D.R. Van Witzenburg. Three of the eight feature entrants - Alluneedisfaith N (PP3), Ana Afreet N (PP5), and Kinnder Jackson (PP7) - have the advantage of a race under their girth after the down period, and all three were within two lengths of the winner in 1:51 miles at The Meadowlands - efforts that could put there right there on the money in this contest. The Sunday Philly card also has very promising youngsters scattered throughout the program as they prepare for their delayed stakes campaigns. Trainer Chris Ryder, conditioner of last year's three-year-old champion Bettor's Wish, may have a pair of sophomores "waiting in the wings" as they come to Philly off 2020 winning debuts - Moneyman Hill in the third race and Barrage Hanover in the fourteenth race final contest. Sunday's Philly action will begin at 12:40, and will retain that starting time as the track swings into its regular schedule, with racing at 12:25 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. ********** At The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Wednesday qualifying races, an impressive freshman was the pacing colt Mullinax, a son of American Ideal out of the million-dollar-winning mare Up Front Kellie Jo. He paced his last half in 58.1 to overhaul pacesetter Thanos by half a length in a 1:58.3 mile for trainer Mark Ford, owner William Varney, and driver Tyler Buter. Buter had five sulky wins during the mountain qualifiers, as did George Napolitano Jr. Four of GNap's quintet were for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who followed up on a five-win morning session Saturday with a 5-4-1-0 scorecard in today's races. Napolitano's other winner was the veteran Art Major gelding Talk Show, fastest to the wire during the morning at 1:53.1. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Please be advised that the draw for Opening Day Sunday June 21st will be Wednesday June 17th, box will close at 9am. The condition sheet for the Opening week is now available on the USTA site. Horsemen should be advised of the following draw schedule for the 2020 racing season.   Draw day -- Race day Tuesday -- Friday Wednesday -- Sunday Thursday -- Wednesday Friday -- Thursday   The box closes at 9:00 a.m. all mornings. Qualifiers Draw this coming week will be Wednesday Morning for Thursday 2 Year Old Qualifiers and Thursday Morning for Friday All Age Horses Qualifiers. Box for both Qualifier days will close at Noon Time. After Opening Day on June 21st, Qualifiers will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for the remainder of the season with entries accepted on Sunday mornings until Noon. Horsemen also please be advised that Facial Coverings are required at all times in the Paddock Building, also Temperature checks will be conducted upon entering the Paddock Building. Drivers Room access will be limited and showers will not be available. Horsemen are once again reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents for their horses, including Coggins, EHV and rabies paperwork dated 2020 and a health certificate from the last 30 days. They may be faxed to the race office at 484.490.2230. Additionally, racing applications are available through the Harrah's Philadelphia website:, and following the "Horsemen" link.   Barry Brown | Director/Racing Operations 777 Harrah's Blvd | Chester, PA 19013

Horsemen are advised that Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack will hold pre-meet qualifiers on June 16 (Tuesday) June 18th (Thursday) and June 19th (Friday) mornings, with first post at 10:00 a.m. each day. Entries for the Tuesday June 16th Qualifier will be accepted on Sunday June 14th with the box scheduled to close at 11:00 a.m. The Tuesday June 16th Qualifier will be for 3 Year Old & Older Horses, the Thursday June 18th Qualifier will be for 2 Year Old Horses, the Friday Qualifier will be for All Ages. Please note that due to Covid - 19 pandemic shutdown, the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission is temporarily modifying the 45 day rule, horses who have started and have a clean line after February 1st, 2020 will not need to Qualify. This will only be in effect for a period of two weeks once the first live race resumes, after that the 45 day rule will be in effect. Opening Day for the 2020 Season is now scheduled for Sunday June 21st with a 12:40 Post Time. Following the Opening Day card, Harrah's Philadelphia will move to its traditional race schedule of Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Sunday's. Horsemen are once again reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents for their horses, including Coggins, EHV and rabies paperwork dated 2020 and a health certificate from the last 30 days. They may be faxed to the race office at 484.490.2230. Additionally, racing applications are available through the Harrah's Philadelphia website:, and following the "Horsemen" link. Barry Brown | Director/Racing Operations O (484) 490-1770 777 Harrah's Blvd | Chester, PA 19013    

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