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Chester, PA -- A mere three weeks away from mandatory retirement, Foiled Again ($2.20) withstood three strong challenges en route to a gritty 1:54.2 win -- the 108th of his career -- in Sunday's (Dec. 9) $10,000 Foiled Again Farewell Tour Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia.   The richest pacer of all time and usual driver Yannick Gingras were tested from the outset by Cabbie's Delight (George Napolitano Jr.), but held their ground through a :27.4 first-quarter duel. After rating a comfortable :57 half, the 14-year-old son of Dragon Again faced first-over pressure from Machtu N (Brett Miller) up the far side of the course. Machtu N worked to within half a length of the lead past three-quarters in 1:25.4 before dismissing that challenger, only for Cabbie's Delight to re-emerge up the open stretch.   Driven out to the winning post, Foiled Again refused to lose, parrying Cabbie's Delight's inside challenge by a quarter length for his tenth seasonal score. Hypothetical (Tony Morgan) made late inroads to take third.   "There's tears every time I get to sit behind him, and it gets harder every time," said an emotional Gingras after the win over the same racetrack Foiled Again made a name for himself in 2008 with ten wins, eight of them against open competition.   "There's no doubt that he's helped me to get to where I'm at."   Trainer Ron Burke expressed similar sentiments of the veteran, whose farewell tour will wrap up on Dec. 31 at The Meadows.   It's really energized us as a barn and made us enjoy everything," Burke said about the tour before reminiscing about his star pacer's legacy.   "Probably at seven, he was better than everyone out there. All of a sudden, there wasn't anyone better, and he went for two or three years where he was the best horse in the country." In his 2011 campaign, Foiled Again won six $100,000 events en route to amassing well over $7.6 million in career earnings.   The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables own Foiled Again, and have have campaigned him since acquiring him in July of 2008.   Live racing resumes at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 12); first post is slated for 12:25 p.m.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Trotting action, usually the hallmark of "Trottin' Thursdays" at Harrah's Philadelphia, carried over to the Friday harness racing action, with three $16,000 contests gathering good fields of developing horses. First to the feature race winner's circle was the Credit Winner sophomore filly Aperfectruby, who made the most of a cover trip, rushing three-deep on the turn and closing to catch T Barrr by ¾ of a length in 1:56.3. George Napolitano Jr. was in the sulky for trainer Anette Lorentzson, who conditions the winner for ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. The Dejarmbro sophomore gelding Tropical Splash AS made an early move to control the pace, then came home two lengths to the good for driver Tim Tetrick in 1:57.1 to take the second feature. The Scott Di Domenico trainee is owned by Triple D Stables Inc. and RBH Ventures Inc. The final feature fell to another horse conditioned by Di Domenico, the Swan For All sophomore gelding Swansea, who cleared up the inside from the pocket and had the most length to be two lengths clear at the end of the 1:55.3 mile. Tony Morgan guided the winner, a winner of three of his last four, giving Triple D Stables Inc., a second feature winner; this one they co-own with Dana Parham. Also worthy of mention is the freshman full sister to Pinkman, Im All Pink, who is now perfect in two career starts for driver Josert Fonseca. She was extended by longshot Trixar before prevailing in 1:59.4 in her debut for trainer Nancy Johansson after father Jimmy Takter entrusted her with care of the horse. Probably the most exciting race of the day was the featured pace, a $12,500 contest for distaffs. Prairie Sweetheart went to the lead, got to the half in 55.4, and then met the challenge of favored Frost Damage Blues. Neither mare gave an inch through a 26.3 third quarter and around the turn; it was only late that the Western Ideal mare Frost Damage Blues was able to get clear of her stubborn rival, winning by 1¾ lengths in 1:52 for owner/driver Bill Augustine and trainer Symon Spicer. The early part of the Friday card was spiced up by a pair of 33-1 shots tallying within the first four races. Both With Presence ($69.80) and Chips Starr ($68.00) made strong late moves to give their scattered backers some nice holiday money to spend as they pleased. The evergreen champion Foiled Again makes one of the final stops on his Farewell Tour here at Philly on Sunday, where he will be the 8-5 favorite in a field of five in the seventh race for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. And while no harness horse can say they have earned $7,624,018, there are also very very few of them who can say they are returning to a track where they first raced 4,135 days ago. Foiled Again made his first start at then Harrah's Chester on July 15, 2007 - and he comes back to make his last rounds 11 years, 4 months, and 25 days after his first. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Explosive Matter gelding Major Impact certainly did have a major impact on the racing Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, closing strongly to rally by favored Clive Bigsby in the $17,000 featured trot and returning $106.80 to win. Driver Marcus Miller had Major Impact on the back of the favorite and advanced behind his cover, then swung wide behind him as he made a three-move move to the lead at headstretch. Major Impact proved the quickest late to win by a neck over Clive Bigsby in 1:56, tallying for trainer Robert Baggitt Jr. and Christine Baggitt. Both trainer and driver went to the local lead in the longshot standings with the triple-digit victory. Driver Marcus Miller tied Eric Carlson and Brett Miller with two $100+ horses at the meet - and Marcus has had only two $50+ horses in all, whereas the other pair is tied in that category with seven - while Baggitt became the first trainer to have two $100+ horses at the meet, and only the second conditioner to have more than one $50+ winner, after leader Mike Dowdall's four. Marcus Miller also led an unusual beginning to the Philly Thursday card, winning the first race and leading a Millerfecta, as Andy, Brett, and David Miller won the next three races in succession. In the $14,500 co-featured trot, Magic Night and driver Yannick Gingras rallied up the inside and bettered Yuge by a neck in 1:55.4. The victorious Kadabra gelding had gapped in the pocket behind favored pacesetter Crazshana much of the last half, but found better strides in the lane and beat out the closing Yuge, with Crazshana third. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC co-own the winner with J&T Silva Stables; driver Gingras and trainer Ron Burke teamed for their third success of the afternoon, which included the second straight win of the impressive A Rocknroll Dance sophomore pacing filly Reclamation, now two-for-two since "shipping " in from Ireland via Wales. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - On a cold day where the track condition went from "fast" to "good" to "sloppy" during a dusting of snow, a day when speed did not hold up very well, the Mach Three gelding Internet Hanover was the star of the day, going wire-to-wire in 1:53.1 to win one of three co-featured $16,000 harness racing contests at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Tim Tetrick guided the impressive sophomore to the lead past a 27.4 quarter, got a breather to the half in 58, then put up a third quarter in 27.4 and then a fourth quarter in 27.3 - on a day where only one other race beat 29 home. Internet Hanover won by 5¼ lengths as the heavy favorite as he captured his third straight for trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stables Inc., Daniel Kiwak, and Jay Spector. In the other co-feature on the pace, when the track was still rated "good," the Yankee Skyscraper gelding Fox Valley Hijinx and trainer/driver Kyle Husted worked out the winning journey, just edging Lisburn by a nose in a personal best of 1:53.2. Lisburn had made the lead by the 27.2 quarter, then yielded to follow the heavy favorite Aleppo Hanover through middle splits of 56.2 and 1:24.1, with the winner sitting just behind them. Both horses behind the frontstepper moved out before the 3/4, with Lisburn putting away the speed, but then just missing against the late charge of Fox Valley Hijinx, who is owned by David Brigham. The trotting co-feature produced no fewer than seven lead changes, with IMF the only horse to have the lead twice, including the most important point of command: at the wire in a 1:57.4 mile. IMF had made the lead in front of the stands the first time, yielded, was lucky to get out in a blindswitch at the ¾, then got a clear path and outfinished his opposition by 2¼ lengths. Yannick Gingras guided the Chapter Seven sophomore filly for trainer Ed Gannon Jr., their second successful teaming on a day where Gingras and George Napolitano Jr. had three wins, and trainer Gannon and driver Gingras share in ownership of the winner with Frank Canzone and Ronald Sabatini. PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Pandora's Box set a new lifetime mark of 1:56.3, while Northern Major's 1:56.1 tied his personal best, as the harness racing pair won the $16,000 featured trots Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The sophomore Cantab Hall filly Pandora's Box slipped out behind first-over American Steele in the third quarter, tracked that rival as he trotted to the lead headstretch, then overpowered that foe late to win by 4¼ lengths. Eric Carlson had sulky duty for trainer Ross Croghan and the ownership of Deo Volente Farms LLC and Perry and Denise Martin. Northern Major got things pretty much his own way on the front end, opening up a sizable lead, then withstanding favored Dunsinane Hall, who was not well-served by his cover, by 1¼ lengths. The familiar combine of driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Ron Burke, and Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC are behind the Kadabra gelding, who raised his lifetime earnings to $101,159. Top events for pacers were a pair of $12,500 events for distaffs, with the meet's leading driver George Napolitano Jr. going coast-to-coast with American Ideal mares in both triumphs. Clear Idea made every pole a winning one in her victory, coming home in 55.4 to complete a 1:52.2 package for trainer Blake MacIntosh, the latter co-owner with Hutt Racing Stable, while in the other section, JK Jazzitup could not be caught in 1:53.1 as she raised her 2018 bankroll to $150,797; Gilbert Garcia-Herrera conditions the winner and co-owns her with Barbara and Donald Arnstine. 43-year-old New Zealand native Symon Spicer earned his first North American training credit when he sent out Breeders Crown starter Frost Damage Blues, who went from last to first to overpower her field in 1:52.4 for driver/owner/"Blueberry Man" Bill Augustine. George Napolitano Jr. piloted home four winners today, giving him eleven on the first three cards of the week, while Tim Tetrick had three triumphs; Napolitano has a 246-240 edge with nine cards left to go locally in 2018. Surprisingly, two of "GNap"'s winners paid $18.80 and $19.20, while Tetrick accounted for the longest price of the day behind Highly Thought Of at $31.40. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Jackie's Jim was a "pocket rocket" in taking the $17,000 featured trot on the Thursday afternoon harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.3. Driver Scott Zeron quickly grabbed the early advantage with the sophomore Muscle Massive gelding, then yielded to Mr Houdini and sat behind that one during fractions of 28.2, 58.2, and 1:27.2. Favored Tymal Reign couldn't sustain her first-over bid through the lane, and Zeron chose the route inside of Mr Houdini, winning by "only" a half-length but with Zeron "sitting chilly" in the bike on the 44-degree day. Jackie's Jim, who had won three straight before having too far to come in finishing fourth in his previous start, got a new winning skein going for trainer Gary Simpson and owner Eric Good. (Ironically, Mr Houdini, just behind today's winner, lost a three-race winning streak with the narrow defeat.) There were a pair of $14,500 co-features on "Trottin' Thursday" at Philly. The first went to the Cam's Rocket sophomore gelding What That Is, who came strongly off cover and then withstood the horse on his back, favored Marion Gondolier, by a length in 1:55.3 for driver Eric Carlson, trainer Kerry Welty, and owner Brian Emerson. (An extra point if you saw "Cam's Rocket trotter" and thought of breeder Richard Hans, of Googoo Gaagaa fame.) In the second co-feature, Majestic Presence controlled the throttle en route to a 1:54.3 triumph for driver Andy Miller and trainer/wife Julie. The Majestic Son mare let Truemass Volo go to the lead before the 27.3 quarter, quickly reclaimed the top and posted midsplits of 57 and 1:25.1, and then withstood a nice comeback effort from Truemass Volo by a length, winning her second straight for owner Kapildeo Singh. The full sister to Pinkman, the Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster baby filly Im All Pink, made her career debut a winning one, rallying from the pocket to catch pacesetter Bag O Chips by a neck in 1:57.4. The $210,000 yearling, owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman, was handled by trainer Jimmy Takter, a man who looked awfully comfortable in the sulky that he is due to trade for a rocking chair upon his upcoming retirement. Winning the day's honors for most impressive pacing performance was the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly Reclamation, who is a mini-United Nations all in one - bred in Sweden, she is part- owned by Donal Murphy of Ireland, who put a 8-4-3-0 scorecard on her this year at home tracks, then sent her over Stateside to trainer Ron Burke, where she races for Murphy and owner W.J. Donovan, and had Canadian-American driver Yannick Gingras guiding her in his first U.S. start to a 1:53.4 win. The filly came home in 56 - 27.4 without competition, but with giving the impression that there still is plenty more left in the tank. George Napolitano Jr. continued a hot sulky streak, with four winners today combining with the three he reined home first yesterday. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - A trio of $16,000 harness racing events for the developing "non-winners of 5 races" younger set were featured on a blustery Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, where a one second time allowance was given due to the weather. The single feature trot went to the Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Armageddon Seelster, who took a new mark of 1:56 despite the inhospitable conditions. Pat Berry sent the three-year-old right to the top, then yielded to sit behind the mare Zette Minx through fractions of 28.2, 58.3, and 1:26.3. No serious outer tier action developed, so Berry was able to swing Armageddon Seelster outside nearing headstretch, and he outtrotted Zette Minx to the wire by 1 1/2 lengths for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the triumvirate of Ron Coyne Stables Inc., Blair Corbeil, and Mike McAllister. In the first of the two pacing headliners, the Richess Hanover gelding Sullivan came uncovered with a personal 27 third quarter to grab an early backstretch lead he would never relinquish, withstanding a late rally from a shuffled Fox Valley Hijinx by 1½ lengths in 1:55. Anthony Morgan was in the sulky behind the promising winner for trainer Virgil Addison (who had a training double) and Lady Mardot Racing LLC. The last two races on the card had to be raced for purse money only. But the Mach Three sophomore gelding Gold Rush didn't need betting accompaniment to be impressive in his powerful 1:53.4 win, as he swept off cover and paced his own last quarter in 28 into a stiff wind to defeat California Cruisin by 2¼ lengths. Brett Miller had sulky duty behind the fast finisher for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. George Napolitano Jr. had three wins on the Wednesday card at Philly while Tim Tetrick had two, so "George Nap" doubled his lead over his main rival in the race for dashwinning honors: the score is 238-236 with eleven cards to go in the 2018 season. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Rock N Roll Heaven mare Oceania overcome the worst win-producing post at Harrah's Philadelphia, the trailing post nine (fewer than one win every 20 starts at 4.8%), in winning a $14,500 featured distaff pace during a special post-Thanksgiving Friday night harness racing program at the southeast Pennsylvania oval. Driver Scott Zeron, a three-time winner on the card, got the winner away alertly in third behind the two favorites, pacesetting JK Jazzitup and pocketsitting Bronze Over N, with early fractions of 27.4 and 57.2. When moved outside off the second turn by Zeron, Oceania grabbed right on the bit and jetted up to challenge, and she was right at JK Jazzitup by the 1:24.4 3/4s. Around the turn and into the stretch it was the 9-1 horse on the outside, and not the 2-1 horse against the pegs, who proved stronger. Bronze Over N, the race favorite, shook clear inside the tiring pacesetter, but her late kick was not enough after Oceania had built up a full head of steam that she kept going to the wire. The winner is trained by Robert Cleary for the partnership of Royal Wire Products Inc. and United Process Control Company. "The Napolitano brothers swept the Daily Double" is a phrase usually used at Pocono, not Harrah's Philadelphia. However, with the season at the mountain oval having concluded last Saturday, Anthony Napolitano visited Harrah's for the first time in 2018 and promptly wound up in the winners circle with trotter Gustavo Fring after the evening's first race, with brother George then taking the second contest with Carson Hill. "Anthony Nap" had a 2pl1 victory with E Dee's Well Said here last season, but this was the first time he had gone under the wire first at Philly since a victory with Tom's Torpedo on October 18, 2013. Anthony would have two more victories late on the card, with former pacing fair queen Unbeamlieveable and with trotter Delcrest Holiday, for a total of three wins on his local seasonal debut - but remember this is the driver who has led The Meadowlands two separate times during winter meets. Tim Tetrick was top driver on the card with four trips to Victory Lane. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Once again hit by multiple players, the harness racing 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia boasts a growing carryover which now approaches the $12,000 plateau.   Despite 3-2 favorite Shady Secret A missing the ticket in Friday evening's (Nov. 23) fifth race, multiple players had the correct 2-6-4-5-9 combination for a $621.92 dividend. Given that the jackpot is only paid in the event of one unique winning ticket, $11,973.79 will carry over to Sunday's (Nov. 25) program.   The Jackpot Hi-5, offered daily in the fifth race, requires players to select the first five finishers in order.   Post time on Sunday is 2:05 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - With the "Trottin' Thursday" program usually featured weekly at Harrah's Philadelphia knocked out by the dark racing day on Thanksgiving Thursday, Wednesday became the day that featured several fields of quality trotters at the riverside oval. And the guy who was on fire in the featured trots was driver Andrew McCarthy, who took both top-end purses and guided a freshman in an impressive debut. The driver who was on fire teamed with a son of Yankee Glide named Thisguyisonfire to record his third straight victory while taking the $18,000 top trot in 1:55.1. McCarthy had the winner well-positioned in the two-wide tier behind the game veteran Crosbys Clam Bake, who moved to the lead in the lane, only to be caught in the latter stages by a half-length after a good stretch battle. Chris Lakata conditioned the streaking winner for Fashion Farms LLC. The co-featured $17,000 trot was taken in strong fashion by the Kadabra mare Tymal Reign, who was reined by McCarthy to victory in 1:55.2, just a tick off her lifetime best. The favorite was sent right to the top, coming home in 57.2 to easily withstand pocketsitting Exarch by 1¾ lengths for trainer Noel Daley and Harbor Racing Stable LLC. A pair of Muscle Hill freshman colts costing $530,000 at the Harrisburg sale made their debuts and finished 1-2. The $320,000 purchase Sheer Muscle was limbed out four-wide to the 3/16, but driver McCarthy knew what he had under the hood, and the colt went on to the top and won in 1:58. Sheer Glide, his dam, is a full sister to $950G+ winner Flex The Muscle (and Duchess Faye is back in the pedigree a couple of generations), and trainer Lucas Wallin and owner Mario Mazza have a colt to keep an eye on. Finishing second was the $210,000 purchase Hillofamistery, a son of the $480G+-winning mare Mistery Woman, and he raced steadily in his bow, and should benefit from the start for Team Takter. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - Mr Houdini needed little magic to win the $16,000 trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon - he just needed his native ability, which enabled him to come home in 57 over a "sloppy +2" surface to take a new mark of 1:56. Andrew McCarthy quickly had the altered son of Kadabra on the lead, and the winner of three straight rattled off splits of 29.1, 59.1, and 1:27.3 on the engine. Girl Talk had stayed close to the winner throughout and tried to rally from the pocket late, but Mr Houdini saw that one's late bid off by 3/4 for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The top pacing event of the day was an event for distaffs worth $14,500, and heading to the wire three of the four involved in the drive were New Zealanders, with the import Nike Franco N (handled by Flora IL's Tim Tetrick, the lone non-Kiwi) withstood a big late charge from Delightfulmemphisn and the "Down Under Wonder," driver Dexter Dunn, to prevail in 1:52.4 in the off going. Tetrick had moved the victorious daughter of McArdle past early leader Oceania past the 27.1 quarter, put up middle fractions of 56.3 and 1:24.2, and looked free and clear at headstretch. But Delightfulmemphisn angled four-wide and cut into the lead with every stride in the lane, only to come up a half-length short on the money. The winner, trainer by Scott Di Domenico, recorded her second straight win, and now has lifetime earnings of $822,029 while raising her career win ratio to 43% (32 for 75). She is owned by William Hartt, Foulk Stables Inc., JFE Enterprise LLC, and Triple D Stables Inc. From the PHHA/Harrah's Chester

CHESTER, PA -- The 12-race harness racing card scheduled for Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon has been cancelled, as snow started falling in the area midmorning and shows no sign of abating.   Racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's tomorrow (Friday), with a 13-race card starting at 12:25 p.m.   From PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - The fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday produced the largest harness racing win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. Nice Stuff and Presidente Zette were the trotters home first in a pair of $16,000 features as the racing week opened at Harrah's Philadelphia. Nice Stuff has now won three of her last four starts after taking the first division of the headliner in 1:56.3, missing the personal mark she set last week by a tick. Dexter Dunn had the Yankee Glide mare well-positioned behind lively cover, and her stretch kick enabled her to overhaul the pacesetting favorite Christopher Crazo by a length, with pocketsitting Michando another half-length back in third. Nice Stuff has proven to be a nice acquisition for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman, as she came into their possession early in September and has already bankrolled $24,250 for them. Presidente Zette conserved ground in the other section of the feature, then was able to slip out on the far turn, tip wide, and sail past the field to equal his mark of 1:56.2. The son of Muscle Hill benefited from the well-judged drive by David Miller, coming home two lengths to the good of Campbellini for owner/trainer Cozette McAvoy, The fifth race produced the largest win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Gold Orchid N handled a stepup in class to keep her North American record perfect after five starts, winning a $14,500 high-level conditioned distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday in 1:52. Fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind the victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight, and they couldn't have enjoyed a better journey. Delightful Dragon grabbed the lead early and passed the ¼ in 27, but JK Jazzitup was soon on the go and took over the lead by the 56.1 half, with Terror At Night starting the outer tier uncovered and Gold Orchid N right behind her. After a battle on the front end resulted in a ¾ clocking of 1:23.4, Terror At Night had forged a short lead by headstretch, but Gold Orchid N still had plenty in the tank and went on to post a 1½-length victory over Terror At Night, with third-over Ella Christina coming on for third, another 1¼ lengths back. Mark Harder trains the "ceiling unlimited" mare for BAMQ LLC. Unusually for "Filly and Mare Friday" at Philly, the top purse event of the day was a trot, a $16,000 contest won by a male, as the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini equaled his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 over a track that had been rerated to "sloppy" after a hard rain about an hour earlier. Mr Houdini worked out a pocket trip, but looked like he wouldn't shake free in enough time to catch Girl Talk, who had swept wide off cover to the midstretch lead. "Houdini" and driver Brett Miller escaped from the box in just enough time to produce a surge that got him home first by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. There's no question that trainer Mike Dowdall and driver Brett Miller are the "go-to" team at Philly for longshot tallies, as they clicked again in the first race with Cinder Rita ($79.40) - the fourth time at the meet the pair have produced a $50+ winner. Dowdall's quartet of bombers puts him far ahead of other conditioners - no other trainer has more than one! - while Miller's seventh overall $50+ horse ties him for the meet lead with Eric Carlson in that category. Race one also went to the top in longshot production - a longshot led the card for the sixth time in the meet, breaking a tie with races six and ten. (In case you were wondering, races five and fourteen have yet to see a $50+ win payoff.) Tim Tetrick won four races Friday, reducing George Napolitano Jr.'s lead in the seasonlong driving standings to 218-213. Cat Manzi won the first dashwinning drivers title at Philly, and since then it has either been Napolitano (six times, including the last four) or Tetrick (five times) on top. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Tymal Reign set most of the pace in the $14,500 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, but the pocketsitting Ameliosi had inside room and from mid stretch ... inched ... up ... with ... every ... stride ... and ... finally ... nipped the winner in the final few feet, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. Ameliosi, a daughter of Explosive Matter trained by Jenny Melander for owner John Devito, took command on the first turn, hung favored Tymal Reign past the 27.3 quarter and was thereafter content to sit behind that one through the middle splits of 56.1 and 1:25.2. The winner kept on grinding just inside the pacesetter, and just did get by by the shortest of margins under the urging of Marcus Miller, on a day when quick last quarters were not to be found. There were a pair of $14,000 co-features, one on each gait. On the trot, the finish may have been even closer than in the feature, as the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding American Steele set the pace, holding off closing favorite Dunsinane Hall by no more than a couple of inches. A win is a win, and this win in 1:57.2 was a lifetime mark for American Steele, who was kept rolling to the wire by the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., for trainer Rob Harmon and the partnership of Harmon Racing Stable LLC and Harvey Eisman. The pace was taken by Western Showgirl, who posted only her second career win, yet broke $50,000 in lifetime earnings, shedding her previous 29-1-14-7 "bridesmaid" pattern by winning in 1:57.1. Owner/trainer Ray Barnes sent her on a first-over mission, opened a good-sized lead when the pacesetter gave way midturn, then maintained a safe 1½-length margin to the wire with the Western Ideal mare. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Muscle Massive sophomore harness racing gelding Jackie's Jim, trainer Neal Ehrhart, and driver George Napolitano Jr. continued their recent "in-form" style, combining to win the $16,000 featured trot on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2. Napolitano, who swept the first four races en route to five victories on the day, reserved Jackie's Jim off the early pace, then sent him uncovered before the half. He showed sharp acceleration to make the lead at the 5/8, then opened up just enough ground on two rivals who had been caught inside when he powered to the lead, Lindsey's Pride and Presidential Zette, who dead-heated for second, a neck behind the winner, who recorded his third straight victory. Ehrhart, clicking at a 24% rate since October 19, trains the winner for Virginia Ehrhart, Leta Deatrick, and Jacqueline Dobson. In the $14,000 pacing co-feature, Tony Morgan sent the Bettor's Delight sophomore gelding Bettor Than Spring to the lead past the quarter and held sway the rest of the way, but the winner had to be game to withstand the late burst of 40-1 shot Gideon Seelster by a neck in triumphing in 1:55.1. Bettor Than Spring has now won three of four trips behind the gate since pairing with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Triple D Stables Inc. In the $14,000 trotting co-feature Wednesday, the Conway Hall sophomore gelding Flyhawk El Diablo took advantage of the "eligible at time of entry" rule after winning his last start, making it two straight while equaling the lifetime mark of 1:57.2 that he notched in his last race. Andrew McCarthy guided the winner to the lead going under the wire the first time, and the pair had more than enough to keep pocketsitting First Class Act in arrears by 2¾ lengths under the wire the second time for owner/trainer James DeLucia. The early move to command also was a successful route for the Majestic Son mare Majestic Presence, who handled a $12,500 fast-class field in 1:55.4. Marcus Miller got away with a relaxed 58.4 half, then sprinted home in 57 with the winner of $180,310 to be 1¼ lengths of pocketsitting Royal Surprise for aunt/trainer Julie Miller and owner Kapildeo Singh. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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