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CHESTER PA - The harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia for Sunday was pushed back a day to Monday because of the high heat index, but Seeing Eye Single didn't let the day's delay bother him at all, closing for a 1:51.1 victory in the $18,000 pacing feature. The Dragon Again gelding tucked in third early for driver Corey Callahan, then was able to get outside again as Statement Made A made a powerful uncovered move to get by pacesetting favorite Mister Ohanzee A, with Winona Sizzler A and Seeing Eye Single in the clearing one's wake. The winner kicked n strongly in the last 1/8 and was along by a half-length over Statement Made A, with Winona Sizzler A another neck back in third. Ron Burke trains the winner of $391,096 for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, and Lawrence Karr. There were also a pair of $15,000 claiming handicap paces. In the first, Rockin Rio and driver Joe Bongiorno sat a pocket trip behind favored Catch My Shadow, then overpowered that one in the lane to win by 4¾ lengths in 1:51.3. The Rockin Image gelding is now three for four since hooking up with trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Tessa Roland. In the other split, Bobbies Power Play moved outside from the two-hole and was able to overhaul favored Palomar by 1¼ lengths in a 1:52.1 clocking. The Rustler Hanover gelding, a career earner of $230,737, was making his debut after a claim for owner/trainer Mark Kesmodel, who has more UTR titles at Philly all-time than any other conditioner with three. Blood Line paced a second consecutive 1:50 mile at Philly in taking a $12,500 pace for driver Andrew McCarthy, trainer Per Engblom, and Diamond Creek Racing. The son of Somebeachsomewhere streaked a :26.2 third quarter to open up a huge lead and won for fun while raising his earnings to $413,508. Driver Pat Lachance scored the 2000th win of his sulky career in the second race, going wire-to-wire from post eight with Mike's Z Tam in 1:50.2. The 44-year-old Lachance, son of Hall of Famer Mike Lachance, is one of the thinning breed known as "trainer/drivers," as he also has over 1500 victories as a conditioner; he trains Mike's Z Tam as well. Pat is also one of the few drivers to win his very first purse start, with Running Horse at Windsor in October of 1995.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Over $50,000 in carryovers will be available to horseplayers when harness racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Monday afternoon (July 22). After no players hit Friday's (July 19) Jackpot Hi-5, the carryover for that wager has ballooned to $47,222.38. The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager available daily in the fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique ticket with the first five finishers correctly selected. Likewise, the Pick-4 boasts a $3,609.40 carryover after favorites were upended in all four races of Friday's sequence. The Pick-4, which starts in race seven daily, carries a 50-cent minimum. The 14-race card consists of the races originally programmed for Sunday afternoon (July 21) but transferred to Monday as a result of extreme heat blanketing the Philadelphia region over the weekend. Post time for the rescheduled card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras each had three wins in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes second preliminary round harness racing action for two-year-old trotting fillies Friday afternoon on a hot day at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the pair combining twice, including with the fastest divisional winner, Sister Sledge. The Father Patrick - Behindclosedoors miss Sister Sledge won a Sire Stakes in his first purse start, then caught the eye of many when she followed by winning a Pennsylvania All-Stars division in 1:53.4 - the fastest time of the year by any baby trotter, regardless of sex or size of track. On Friday Gingras let her work her way to the top past a :28 opener, get a :58 rest to the half, pick up the pace to 1:26.4 at the three-quarters, then scooted home with her in :28.2 to complete the 1:55.1 package, holding off Sherry Lyns Lady, also a PaSS winner earlier, by a confident length. Sister Sledge won thee qualifiers before her three purse victories, and has already earned $53,020 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Jason Melillo, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, along with #1 status in this section to date. The other Gingras-Burke team victory was with the debutante Crucial, another daughter of Father Patrick out of Jolene Jolene, who also raced on the lead, then was extended through the stretch by Word Of Honor. The latter popped out of the pocket at headstretch and fought hard only to miss by a nose, though Crucial was only under mild encouragement in her bow. The successful freshman, who had prepped with two winning qualifiers, is owned by much of the same team as Sister Sledge: Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, W J Donovan, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. The third member of the Burke Brigade to get home first was the Muscle Hill - Flawless Lindy filly Sans Defaut, who had by far the toughest trip of the three, yet still was successful in 1:57 to follow up an All-Stars victory with another stakes triumph. Sans Defaut ("flawless" in French) was spotted fourth before the quarter by driver Matt Kakaley, then had to come first-over, but she grinded to the stretch lead, then held off 30-1 shot Decoy by ¾ of a length. The bulk of her ownership is a group of which you have already read quite a bit - Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Crawford Farms Racing, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby. Gingras' third Sire Stakes success came behind the Explosive Matter - Flyer Mel filly Queen Of The Hill, another two-time PaSS winner after leaving swiftly and controlling the tempo, then winning by 4¼ lengths while lowering her speed mark to 1:57.1, last half :58.1. Per Engblom trains the talented juvenile for owner Al Libfeld. The other stakes division produced a $64.40 upsetter in the Muscle Hill - Kadealia filly Sorella, a breaker in her purse bow, but here flat and coming her own last half in :57.2 to win in 1:58, two lengths clear of the opposition. Crawford Farms Racing, who was co-owner on an earlier Sires winner, partners with Elmer Fannin on this filly   In anticipation of the extremely high heat index forecast for Sunday, Harrah's Philadelphia announces that the card already drawn and finalized for Sunday will now be raced on Monday afternoon, with a post time of 12:25 p.m.   The Jackpot Hi-5 pool carryover will be at $47,222.38 for the Monday card's race five.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- As a result of extreme heat forecasted for the Philadelphia area this weekend, the races carded for Sunday (July 21) at Harrah's Philadelphia have been rescheduled for Monday (July 22). Post time for the rescheduled program will be 12:25 p.m. Eastern. Horsemen are advised that changes for Thursday's (July 25) program are still due Sunday by 11 a.m., however qualifying entries for Tuesday (July 23) will now be accepted Monday morning until 10 a.m.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Six $20,000 divisions of the second preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for two-year-old trotting fillies headed the harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday. Intermittent rain caused three changes in track condition during the hot afternoon, but five of the six winners still produced lifetime marks. The fastest winner in the freshman sextet was the Muscle Hill - Quite Possible miss Dune Hill, who posted a clocking of 1:56.2 over a "good" surface. The filly had been having some breaking difficulties, but here driver Yannick Gingras let her ramble down the road, keeping opponents three-wide to the quarter before they tucked, then powering off to win by five lengths for trainer Ron Burke and owner Joseph Di Scala Jr. Gingras had a second winner in another Muscle Hill filly, Rebecca Clark, whose dam, About To Bee, is a half-sister to champion Bee A Magician. Rebecca Clark raced out of the pocket and won by 2½ lengths in 1:59.1, also when the track was rated "good." Per Engblom handles the winner for Christina Takter, Goran Anderberg, Herb Liverman, and Bivans And Bruni Racing. Driver David Miller also paraded back a pair of StS winners, including the only one who did not take a mark, the Explosive Matter - Gossip Hanover freshman Caviart Guilia. However, she did win in 1:57.4 after a second wave of rain had regressed the track to "sloppy," and she became the only repeat Stallion Series winner after going a tick faster on a fast track in her first StS win. Brian Brown trains the quickly-developing miss, who pulled from the pocket to go on to a 2¾ length score for Caviart Farms, who saw their filly remain perfect after three purse starts. Miller's other winner was another daughter of Explosive Matter, Perth Angel De Vie, out of the mare Dream Angel. After high finishes in two Pennsylvania Fair Stakes, Perth Angel De Vie put it all together on Thursday with a six length triumph in 1:57.3 - :57.1 - :28.2 when the track was still "fast." Harold Brocklehurst trains the easy winner for owners Double R Farms LLC, David Obley, and Richard Williams. Also racing when the track was still "fast," the Father Patrick - High Heels filly Burberry posted the only real surprise in the six stakes outings, making every pole a winning one for a two length triumph in 1:58.1. She returned $43.80 in winning for trainer/driver Rick Zeron and the partnership of Rick Zeron Stables, James Walker, Howard Taylor, and Herb Liverman. The other Stallion Series winner completed a triple for sire Muscle Hill: Heart N Soul Deo, a daughter of Yursa Hanover, who won in 1:58.4 - :29 over a good surface by 3¾ lengths. Tim Tetrick, who continued his hot run at the southeast Pennsylvania track with five more victories today, drove the Linda Toscano trainee, who now is 2-for-2 in purse starts for Thomas Pontone, Richard Gutnick, and Joseph Lozito Jr.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - In a stretch battle of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winners earlier this season, the filly Nomo Volo was up in the final stride over the colt Ginger Tree Skyr to take the $16,000 trotting harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon in 1:56.4. Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory got away in the middle of the field with the winning Explosive Matter sophomore as favored Navarone Hanover made the early lead, then moved outside nearing the half and got cover from Ginger Tree Skyr. That colt grinded and worked past the favored pacesetting filly in the lane, but then was nipped by the filly on his back in a very close picture. Nomo Volo, who has had breaking issues since winning a Sire Stakes event on May 26, used her best behavior and ability to raise her bankroll to $141,467 for Jeff Gregory Inc. and Jesmeral Stable. In a $14,500 event for fast-class pacers, the Dragon Again gelding Blake North quarter-moved to command, then came home in :55.3 to post a half-length victory in 1:51.3 for driver George Napolitano Jr., meet-leading trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, and owner Gilberto Garcia-Herrera. It was 51-1 shot Emeritus Maximus who shot out to early command, yielded to the odds-on winner, and made him work hard for the triumph; even with that longshot followed in order by 16-1 shot Hudsonandbernard and 12-1 Te Kawau N (second choice Jeneral Patton did get fifth), the winning 1-6-5-7-2 Jackpot Hi-5 ticket was played by multiple players, and so the jackpot carryover climbed to $42,387.03 for Thursday's racing. Tim Tetrick, newly named as a Hall Of Fame ballot candidate for this summer's voting, built onto his lead as the winningest driver at Harrah's Philadelphia, visiting Victory Lane six times on the Wednesday afternoon program.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- There were none better than None Bettor A ($2.20), who posted a gritty 1:49.4 harness racing victory -- his ninth straight -- in Sunday afternoon's (July 14) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding and driver Joe Bongiorno had no trouble achieving the lead in the field of five, clearing inside rival The Wall (George Napolitano Jr.) in a comfortable :27 first quarter before rating a :55.2 half. Up the backstretch, Keep On Rocking A (Pat Berry) mounted a first-over challenge to force None Bettor A to three-quarters in 1:22.3, but the streaking gelding maintained a length lead before shrugging off that foe on the final turn. After dismissing Keep On Rocking A, None Bettor A sprinted off at the eighth pole to leave The Wall in his wake, but Our Max Phactor N (Andy McCarthy) spun three-wide off stalled cover and closed boldly. Undeterred, None Bettor A held sway by a length in 1:49.4 to record his 25th career win. Our Max Phactor N was second, while Mister Ohanzee A (Tim Tetrick) improved belatedly from astern to take third. Jenn Bongiorno trains None Bettor A for Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC. In the sub-feature $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, Tiger Thompson N ($3.00) got back in the win column with a 1:49.4 score over Slick Tony. Dexter Dunn brushed the Josh Parker trainee out from third to clear Sunfire Blue Chip with a lap to go, and the pair parried Slick Tony's rally from third-over by a length. Jackpot Hi-5 carryover climbs past $40k For the first time in its tenure at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has surpassed the $40,000 plateau, as the 5-4-1-9-3 combination keyed by Billy Badger N ($4.20, Dunn) in the fifth race yielded a $290.90 dividend to multiple players and a carryover of $40,870.89 for Wednesday afternoon (July 17). The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager that requires players to select the first five finishers in each day's fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race program on Wednesday; post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Rockn Philly, straight off a harness racing victory in the Lynch Consolation at Pocono, won as the heavy favorite in the $17,000 featured distaff pace on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but she had to be sharp in the stretch to wear down pacesetting Lyons Hedgeabet in 1:51.2. The victorious sophomore daughter of A Rocknroll Dance was away second for the meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, as Lyons Hedgeabet beat the entire field away from the outside post eight and put up fractions of :27, :55.3, and 1:22.3. The leader did not surrender easily, but Rockn Philly found enough late to defeat her main rival by a half length for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. There were a pair of $16,000 subfeatures, one for filly and mare pacers and the other for trotters. The pacing event was captured by the Captaintreachrous sophomore filly Alii Nui, who advanced with cover, went three-deep mid-far turn, swept by pacesetting Afraid Not Hanover, then held off the inside move of Ilana Z Tam in 1:52.3 by ¾ of a length. Driver Marcus Miller's father Erv trains the winner, now victorious in four of her last eight starts for Ervin Miller Stable Inc., Hannah Miller, Nick Surick Stable LLC, and Louis Willinger. On the trot, Amador passed Smooth Acceleration going to the quarter and set reasonable middle fractions,with Massive Opulence grinding up first-over. When the first-up made a break headstretch, Smooth Acceleration moved out to challenge, but driver Simon Allard kept the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Amador rolling and nosed out his charging rival in 1:55.4. It was the second consecutive victory notched by Amador for owner/trainer Joseph King. Before heading to The Meadowlands for nighttime stakes duty after the ninth race, David Miller, the leading active moneywinning driver with over $235M, won four races on the Friday afternoon card.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- A pair of carryovers will await players on Sunday (July 14) at Harrah's Philadelphia, as not only did multiple players successfully select the daily Jackpot Hi-5 combination on Friday afternoon (July 12), but a spree of harness racing long shots in the Pick-4 sequence rendered that bet without a winner.   In the fifth race, Tyson ($2.80, Victor Kirby) keyed a 4-6-2-9-8 Hi-5 combination that yielded $163.62 to multiple players and boosted the carryover for that wager to $39.416.38. The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager that occurs daily in the fifth race and requires players to select the top five finishers in order. The jackpot is paid in the event of one unique winning ticket.   Three odds-on favorites were upended in the Pick-4 sequence, with Misscheckmatehill ($52.60, Donald Dupont), Piraeus ($20.40, David Miller), Iron Mistress ($67.00, Ray Baynes) and Brunhilda ($22.80, Marcus Miller) proving victorious. With no players successfully selecting all four winners, a $3,459.69 carryover will head to Sunday's seventh race.   Post time for Sunday's 14-race card is 12:40 p.m.       by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Over a track that has not been kind to closers lately, the $14,500 featured harness racing trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia narrowed down to a pair of stretch chargers, Rock Of Cashel and All Champy, with the latter getting up in the final strides by a neck in 1:53.3. Rock Of Cashel (driver David Miller) was second-over and All Champy (Dexter Dunn) third-over behind first-up Casa Palmera, who went up to battle pacesetting Inner Peace after the last-named went fractions of :27.3 and :56.3. The front-end duel continued past the 1:24.4 three-quarters and through the turn, with Rock Of Cashel swinging wide and All Champy wider as they headed to the stretch. Rock Of Cashel made the stretch lead, but the Explosive Matter gelding All Champy was a determined trotter, and he got the job done for the seventh time this season while boosting his yearly bankroll to $118,905. William Wyatt trains the winner for owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. In a $14,000 trotting co-feature, favored Yankees Beast made a break at the ¼, and pacesetting second choice Mystical Wynn lost his gait going around the far turn. The Cantab Hall sophomore filly Dawn Of Glory kept her composure, sitting in the pocket and inheriting the lead nearing headstretch, then holding off Fanatic by 1 3/4 lengths while equaling her speed badge of 1:57 as rain started to fall. Andy Miller was in the sulky for trainer/wife Julie and the ownership of Red Wall Stables LLC and Andy Miller Stable Inc. The rain falling in this race, the seventh of the program, turned into a "monsoon," as track announcer Mike Bozich described it, with the eighth race field having to battle a 30 mile per hour stretch headwind and a heavy downpour. After that race, there was a weather delay, so that the racetrack could be reconditioned after the rapidly-moving storm passed through.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The sensational Australian import None Bettor A goes for his ninth consecutive harness racing victory on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia as the 9-5 morning line favorite in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) contest for fast-class open pacers. None Bettor A, an altered son of Bettor's Delight trained by Jennifer Bongiorno for owners Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC, opened his U.S. account with a pair of good thirds, then has been untouchable since his win streak started on April 27. During that time, he has won his only two starts in the GNOS, and he equaled the all-time track record at Cleveland's Northfield Park with a 1:49 victory over the half-mile oval. Jen Bongiorno's brother Joe is to drive None Bettor A as the pair begins from post two in Sunday's seven-horse field. The last time the GNOS open pacers were at Philly, Keep On Rocking A and Our Max Phactor N were a nose apart at the wire, and they again figure to be in the thick of the action this Sunday. Keep On Rocking A, who closed from eighth at the stretch call to win that race, his second after a brief layoff, will begin from post four for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Pat Berry, while Our Max Phactor N, who had to go first-over in that contest and almost hung on, will begin from post five for "Team Andrew" - trainer Andrew Harris and driver Andrew McCarthy. Also in the field are The Wall (PP1, trainer Nick Surick, driver George Napolitano Jr.), I'm A Big Deal (PP3, trainer Chris Ryder, driver Dexter Dunn), Decoy (PP6, trainer Gary Candell, driver Jimmy Takter), and Mister Ohanzee A (PP7, trainer Jim King Jr., driver Tim Tetrick). The GNOS contest is slated for the seventh race on Sunday's fourteen-race Philly card, which is scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m.   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono racetracks

Chester, PA -- The carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 continues to grow at Harrah's Philadelphia, with $36,035.38 awaiting harness racing players in the fifth race on Thursday afternoon (July 11).   Persistent Threat A's victory as the 8-5 favorite in Wednesday's (July 10) fifth race keyed a 1-7-9-4-2 combination that returned $253.36 to successful backers, while yielding the highest carryover to date in the history of the wager.   The 20-cent wager carries a low 15 percent takeout and occurs daily in the fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winner. In the event of no or multiple winners, the carryover progresses to the next card. The Jackpot Hi-5 was hit for $35,989.90 on May 23.   Post time on Thursday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Cavill Hanover came off the stakes trail and promptly wired his field in the $16,000 trotting feature in a career best 1:55 during the Wednesday afternoon harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt never showed any intention than to race the three-year-old on the lead, and Cavill Hanover took the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4, and 1:25.4. Favored Daylon Phantom came three-wide on the final turn and loomed menacingly, but Cavill Hanover had more than enough to turn back his late charge by 1 1/2 lengths. The Wolfgang A Stable Inc. and Boris Nasstrom share ownership in the winner with the Little E LLC of Jeff Gural, who earlier in the day was announced as being on the summer ballot for election to the Hall of Fame. In a $14,500 event for fast-class pacers, favored Ideal Wheel brushed to the lead after a :26.3 quarter, and before the :55.3 half he was challenged by Santiago Style, who was parked the mile. The two continued their fight past the 1:23.4 three-quarters and into the stretch, where it was the favorite who gave way - but Santiago Style had Western Hill on his back from the second turn, and it was that Western Ideal gelding who went by the gallant if unlucky Santiago Style late to win by ¾ of a length in 1:52.3. Corey Callahan guided the winner of two straight and $298,707 lifetime for trainer Ed Gannon Jr., also co-owner with Frank Canzone. Tim Tetrick, who literally minutes before the Early Double had his place on this summer's Hall of Fame balloting announced, then went out to sweep the Double with favorites Sweet Colt Of Mine and Turn The Paige. In all Tetrick, the leading dashwinning driver at Philly, had five victories; another came with the freshman Somebeachsomewhere - Fashion Ecstasy filly, Beyond Ecstasy, a full sister to Filibuster Hanover who won her purse bow in 1:55.3.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Shartin N ($2.20) continued her dominance among distaff pacers on Sunday afternoon (July 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning the $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series harnes racing feature in an under-wraps 1:49. After nearly a month on the sidelines following her win in the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America left mildly from the pole to land in third behind Reclamation (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor's Up (Pat Berry) before Tim Tetrick angled her off the pegs to brush into a :27.3 first quarter. Shartin N cleared with just over a circuit to go and coasted through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.3 with nary a challenger in sight, as the first-over Write Me A Song (Corey Callahan) was only able to work into a joint second before fading on the final turn. The fading Write Me A Song paved the way for Reclamation to take her shot at Shartin N with an eighth of a mile to go, but the champion mare accelerated immediately upon cornering for home. She earned the 35th win of her career while three-quarters of a length better than Reclamation and with plenty in reserve. Bettor's Up was another 4-3/4 lengths back in third, while Write Me A Song faded to fourth. "That's kind of her MO," trainer Jim King Jr. said about Shartin N's immediate response at the top of the stretch. "Timmy [Tetrick] always says, 'I should just sit still and let her do the work.' She likes it, that's for sure." Shartin N has now won nine of her 10 starts this season for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick LLC. "I felt we would be better off having a place to go instead of having four weeks between races," King continued. "This was the only choice we were left with rather than go to New York, and I would rather not be handicapped with the eight-hole on a half-mile track. It was our choice to come here, and fortunately they had a spot for her." Shartin N will next race in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 13). In the sub-featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, Lyons Steel ($11.00) stalked Tiger Thompson N through splits of :27, :55.2 and 1:23 before pulling the pocket at the eighth pole and dueling down the pacesetter to prevail by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:49.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding for trainer Dennis Watson and owner Bryan Dzugan. Jackpot Hi-5 carryover exceeds $34k The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, after a 4-8-1-3-2 combination keyed by Lyons Steel resulted in a $463.34 dividend payable to multiple players. Wednesday's (July 10) fifth race will now have a $34,828.36 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5, a 20-cent wager that requires players to select the first five finishers in order. The carryover is payable in the event of one unique winning ticket. Post time on Wednesday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HARRISBURG PA - John Pantalone, founder of World Wide Racing Photos, the track photographer presently at Harrah's Philadelphia and Freehold and previously for most of the Delaware Valley racetracks, passed away on Friday morning at age 76 after a gradually-debilitating illness. Pantalone graduated South Philadelphia High School, and received further training in electrical engineering through ROTC. He was laid off at the Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia in 1972, and with a friend began a photography business; one of his first clients was Liberty Bell Park, which led to the development of World Wide Racing Photos (WWRP), which he operated with his beloved wife Pat, who survives. Pantalone's WWRP was the track photographer at Brandywine, Liberty Bell, Garden State, Freehold, and Harrah's Philadelphia. The firm acquired a reputation for quick and quality development and production of track photography, to the point that at one point WWRP processed the photography for a dozen racetracks, including as far away as Golden Bear (Sacramento) in California. WWRP and Pantalone were at the forefront of several of the innovative changeovers in the racetrack photography industry through the years - the shifting from black / white to color photography and the change from film to digital photography being the two foremost examples. John's innovative mind brought about the start of the many of the oversize "tribute" photos that owners purchased to mark especially big wins with their horses. He and his firm were known for timely and courteous service, always willing to go "the extra mile" for their clients. In 1988 WWRP received Nike Photo Award for a special effects photo taken at Garden State Park. Garden State was also the scene of one of John's favorite racetrack memories, when in 1992 a campaign bus carrying President hopeful Bill Clinton stopped for a rally at the track, and the future President got in a winner's circle photo with "his namesake," Bubba Clinton, with Pantalone one of the few photographers authorized to record the event. On March 1, 2018, the Post Time with Mike and Mike podcast hosted an interview with Pantalone, which can be found online ( A viewing will be held on Tuesday (July 9) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Terranova Funeral Home - Haddon Heights, 402 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights NJ, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at Saint Rose of Lima Church, 4th Avenue & Kings Highway, Haddon Heights NJ, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery following. Additional details can be found at the Terranova Funeral Home website ( Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Western Terror mare Backseat Terror paced to her sixth consecutive harness racing victory in winning the $17,000 distaff pacing feature on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:51.3. Lyons Hedgeabet had the top at the :27.1 quarter; Hurrikane Shorty then moved to control the racetrack before the :55.2 half, with Backseat Terror moving uncovered at that point. Down the backstretch the winenr used strong strides to reach the three-quarters in 1:23, open up six lengths by the stretch call, and then prevail by 2¾ lengths over Lyons Hedgeabet, who recovered from a shuffle. Corey Callahan was in his usual sulky spot behind the streaking mare for trainer Katricia Adams and owner John Barnard. There were a pair of $16,000 contests for the "nw 5 races" class. One was for female pacers on the "Filly And Mare Friday" card at Philly, and it was won by the Real Artist sophomore filly Abigail Dawn in 1:52. Alli Nui was determined to set the pace, getting parked past a :26.1 before getting the top, with Abigail Dawn having reached her to challenge just before the :55 half.The battle raged on past the 1:23.2 three-quarters and deep into the stretch, where Abigail Dawn could finally gain the advantage, winning by a half length. In the trot, driver Jeremy Morrison doubled his lifetime win total as he patiently guided the Chapter Seven sophomore gelding Chapter Fashion up the inside to victory in 1:56.1. Chapter Seven has now not lost a race this year in six starts in which he stayed flat, and Morrison grabbed early position, waited for the stretch, and closed to defeat pacesetter Hammer Creek by a half-length for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. The Somebeachsomewhere mare Lyons River Pride caught the eye as she sped to a 1:50.1 lifetime mark while cracking the $300,000 lifetime earnings barrier in a $14,500 distaff pacing contest. George Napolitano Jr. made two moves to take charge of the throttle, hanging up fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:22.2 en route to a 3¾ lengths victory over favorite Believe In Me for trainer Gareth Dowse and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

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