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Chester, PA — Harness racing river Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Takter teamed up to capture two of the three featured $20,000 winners-over events on Sunday afternoon (July 5) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   In the week's top trot, Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolph's Eurobond ($5.60) controlled every step of a 1:51.2 mile, evading a late challenge from Ontario invader Run Director by 2-1/4 lengths. The 5-year-old Love You   stallion notched his ninth career win and his first of the season.   JK American Beauty ($4.00) completed Gingras and Takter's double in the feature for distaff pacers. With Shartin N scratched due to injury, JK American Beauty was dispatched the even-money choice, and she lived up to that billing. After brushing to the fore with a circuit to go, the 4-year-old American Ideal mare turned aside the first-over threat of Gold Orchid N before stepping 1-1/2 lengths clear of a three-wide Philly Hanover in 1:50.3 for her second consecutive win.   The afternoon's top event for male pacers saw San Domino A ($11.80) draft behind dueling leaders Highalator and Dorsoduro Hanover on the final turn before setting sail up the open stretch to win by a widening 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51. George Napoliatno Jr. drove the 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding to the 23rd victory of his career — and seventh since arriving in the States last summer — for trainer Andrew Harris and the partnership of Joe P Racing and Oldford Racing.   Takter completed a training triple on the 14-race card with No Lou Zing ($4.20), who impressively won an $11,200 conditioned event in 1:53.2 in rein to Josert Fonseca.   Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (July 8). The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which is offered daily in the fifth race, boasts a $6,183.54 carryover. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for 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 -- 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

James Witherite is known to harness racing fans for his years of race calling and occasional performances as a bugler for major stakes events. Away from the track, though, Witherite's musical talents extend far beyond, most notably as an accomplished composer and jazz musician. This past Monday, Witherite opened that world to an audience on Facebook with the first in a series of streaming concerts, "Live from the Jazz Bunker." Witherite hopes the concerts, which will be 1-2 p.m. (EDT) every Monday and Thursday, can provide a welcomed diversion for people asked to stay at home as the result of the COVID-19 pandemic. "It's said that in times of trouble and pain that art is a great uniter and healer, and hopefully that's the case here," Witherite said. "Being that we're all kind of left in the lurch, this is the new normal for right now. I'm not doing anything monumental or earth-shattering, but I hope these little windows of live music, which are intended to be in the background admittedly, can bring some light into an otherwise murky and uncertain situation for all of us." This past Monday, James Witherite hosted the first in a series of streaming concerts, “Live from the Jazz Bunker.” USTA/Mark Hall photo. Witherite has released four jazz albums in his career, ranging in scope from big band to organ trio. His streaming concerts on Facebook Live will feature solo jazz organ. "Everything that you will hear is either written by me, written by one of my friends who has said to go ahead and use the song, or is in the public domain," Witherite said. "I'm a big stickler when it comes to copyright law, so I'm following it to the letter." The 33-year-old Witherite graduated from Duquesne University in 2007 with a degree in composition. He was first drawn to music at the age of 3, when he found his way to his grandmother's Wurlitzer organ. He taught himself to read music, picked up the trumpet in the third grade, and soon added the piano to his repertoire. He recently set up a studio in his home, in part to provide online lessons to students. Once the studio was functional, he decided to offer his twice-a-week concerts. James Witherite recently set up a studio in his home, in part to provide online lessons to students. Photo courtesy of James Witherite. "I saw other musician friends were streaming live music at various times, so I thought why not join in," Witherite said. "I was really happy with the first (concert). I had a good turnout, I thought, and a nice cross section of my very diverse world. "Even though I know jazz isn't everybody's cup of tea, I hope it does put a few smiles on faces and help people get a little bit of a respite from the new day-to-day life. You can listen actively if you want, or you can listen passively if you want. You can have it in the background and it's there. Hopefully it's a pleasant wallpaper for those 120 minutes a week. "A little bit of happiness, a little bit of light, I think can go a long way." To watch a replay of Monday's concert on Witherite's Facebook page, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Chester, PA -- Driver Tony Morgan and trainer Scott DiDomenico teamed up for five wins on the 12-race Sunday (Dec. 15) program at Harrah's Philadelphia, which closed the riverside harness racing oval's 14th racing season. Morgan and DiDomenico's five-bagger was highlighted by Jack's Shadow N's 1:52 victory in a $14,500 conditioned pace. The 5-year-old Shadow Play gelding rallied from the pocket to upend 6-5 favorite Ollie's Ztam (Yannick Gingras) by a half length, and returned $6.20 to win. The formerly Illinois-based connections also combined to win with Sweet Beach ($12.00, 1:53.2), Headbanger ($8.00, 1:55.3), Maroma Beach ($7.80, 1:52.3) and Alta Shelby N ($16.00, 1:52.4). In the afternoon's $18,000 top-level pacing feature, David Kryway's Statement Made A ($3.40) controlled early splits of :27.1, :55.2 and 1:23, and then parried a first-over challenge from Lord Willoughby A to win by a widening 2-3/4 lengths in 1:51. Dexter Dunn drove the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding for trainer Tahnee Camilleri.   Tetrick, Garcia-Owen claim seasonal honors Tim Tetrick was the top driver at Harrah's Philadelphia in 2019, winning 345 races compared to runner-up George Napolitano Jr.'s 301. Dexter Dunn finished third with 150 tallies. Gilbert Garcia-Owen finished atop the training table with 104 wins, well clear of Ron Burke's 79 and Nick Surick's 66. The 15th season of harness racing at Harrah's Phildelphia is slated to commence on April 5, 2020.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA --  Harness racing horsemen are advised that this week's qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia have been moved from Tuesday (Dec. 3) to Thursday (Dec. 5).   Qualifiers will take place before the pari-mutuel program and will begin at 11:15 a.m. Eastern.   After coming off a second-place finish in his Nov. 10 start and missing his Nov. 16 appointment due to sickness, Nutcracker Sweet ($13.60) bounced back on a rainy Sunday afternoon (Dec. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia, taking a $14,500 co-featured upper-level conditioned pace in 1:52.4. Andy McCarthy fired Nutcracker Sweet to the fore from the outside part of the gate, and the pair controlled early splits of :28 and :56.2 before facing a mild first-over challenge from odds-on favorite Maroma Beach (Tim Tetrick) up the backstretch. Nutcracker Sweet was nudged along past three-quarters in 1:24.1 before edging away to a two-length lead at the top of the stretch and holding sway from two late-emerging rivals. Glacis (Pat Lachance) shook free in the stretch to halve that lead at the winning post, while Nine Ways (Tony Morgan) held third from the pocket. Nutcracker Sweet keyed a 7-5-3-4-1 combination in the Jackpot Hi-5 which returned $3,768.76. Tom Cancelliere trains the 4-year-old Bettor's Delight entire for John Cancelliere. In a $16,000 co-featured conditioned pace, Machpaperscissors ($5.60) earned his third win in as many starts for trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar Jr., Stephen Iaquinta and Minisink Farms, collaring Odds On Boca Raton from the pocket in 1:53.4. Tim Tetrick drove the 3-year-old Mach Three gelding. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 4); first post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia     

Chester, PA -- Following two consecutive Preferred wins at Freehold, Lyons Steel ($4.40) extended his streak to three with a 1:52.3 harness racing victory in the $18,000 pacing feature on Sunday (Nov. 24) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding and driver David Miller worked clear of Nine Ways (Tony Morgan) after a :27.1 first quarter, and then parried two separate challenges en route to the 15th win of his career. After rating a :55.4 half mile, Lyons Steel staved off a first-over push from JK Musicman (George Napolitano Jr.) through three-quarters in 1:23.4, and then dug in to defeat the late-rallying Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) by three-quarters of a length. JK Musicman narrowly held third over Mako Banner N (Corey Callahan). Dennis Watson trains Lyons Steel for BD Racing LLC. Tim Tetrick notched a grand slam on the 14-race card, winning with King Harvest ($5.80), Song Cycle Senese ($1.20), Sadiq Hanover ($13.40) and In Rock We Trust ($10.40). Due to an insuficent amount of entries, qualifiers at Harrah's are cancelled on Tuesday. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 27), with a 14-race card due to commence at 2:05 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Chester, PA -- Billy Badger N ($7.20) and Sugar Factory ($4.80) proved best in their respective featured harness racing pacing events on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon (Nov. 17) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Billy Badger N and owner-driver Dexter Dunn slipstreamed second-over cover before rallying to a neck victory over He's Electric in his event, a $14,500 upper-level conditioned pace. After Ocean Colony (Andy McCarthy) controlled early splits of :27 and :55.4, Dunn angled the 6-year-old Art Major gelding into the outer tier behind a steadily advancing Seeing Eye Single (Yannick Gingras) up the backstretch. Turning for home, Billy Badger N angled three-wide and lifted to just prevail over He's Electric (David Miller) -- who emerged from traffic -- in 1:53.1. Letschasethedreamn (George Napolitano Jr.) saved third from the pocket. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trains Billy Badger N, whose third consecutive win was also the 15th of his career. In the co-featured $16,000 conditioned pace, John Cancelliere's Sugar Factory made every call a winning one, posting a 1:52.3 win as the 7-5 choice. George Napolitano Jr. sent the 3-year-old Sweet Lou colt to a clear lead from the outset, and the pair clicked through sectionals of :28.1, :56.3 and 1:24.3 before bracing for a head-stretch challenge from Glacis (Pat Lachance), who angled out from third off the home turn. Sugar Factory held sway by a length over Glacis, while Smackitwithahammer (Tim Tetrick) chased from the pocket to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains five-time winner Sugar Factory. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 20), and will feature a $6,427.94 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5 in race five. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

Chester, PA -- Horsemen are advised of a change to the qualifying and draw schedules this week at Harrah's Philadelphia.   Qualifiers will take place on Wednesday morning (Nov. 20) at 11:15 a.m. rather than during their typical Tuesday slot.   Additionally, horsemen planning to race at Harrah's Philadelphia next Wednesday (Nov. 27) should note that entries for that card will be accepted until Friday (Nov. 22), with the box to close at 9 a.m.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Chester, PA -- Gilbert Garcia-Owen padded his lead atop the Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing trainer standings with three wins on Sunday afternoon's (Nov. 10) 12-race card. Garcia-Owen opened his training treble with a pair of pacers he owns: Persistent Threat ($6.00) rallied from the pocket to win the afternoon's third race in 1:53.4, and Abner The Great ($3.40) then posted a gate-to-wire 1:52.1 win by 5-1/2 lengths in the co-featured fourth, an upper-level claiming pace. He completed his conditioning hat trick in the finale with Ideal Wheel ($3.40), who coasted to a 3-1/2 length victory in 1:52.3 for owners Barbara and Donald Arnstine and Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. George Napolitano Jr., who drove all three of Garcia-Owen's winners on the program, led all drivers with a grand slam on the card. In the co-featured fifth race, a $14,500 conditioned pace, Matticulous GB ($3.00) maintained his unblemished North American record with a 1:51.1 victory over Nutcracker Sweet and Asap Hanover. Yannick Gingras drove the 4-year-old Hasty Hall gelding for owner Brett Thompson and trainer Ron Burke. The Pick-4 returned $1,529.30 on a 50-cent ticket, and the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover for Wednesday's (Nov. 13) card is $2,960.47. Post time on Wednesday is 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Horsemen are advised that this week's qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia have been moved from their usual Tuesday morning (Nov. 12) slot to Wednesday (Nov. 13). The qualifiers will once again take place before the pari-mutuel card, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Chester, PA -- Ron Burke trainee Larry Karr ($5.60) captured his third straight harness racing win on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 3) at Harrah's Philadelphia, cruising to a powerful 1:49.4 score in the day's featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace. Dexter Dunn sent the 4-year-old A Rocknroll Dance gelding clear of Rockapelo (Tim Tetrick) through a sharp :26.2 first quarter, and the pair maintained a healthy pace thereafter. After reeling off a :54.4 half, Larry Karr used a :26.4 third sectional to extend his lead over Rockapelo to four lengths into the final turn, and he continued to edge away in the stretch. Larry Karr claimed his 17th career victory by a widening 4-1/2 lengths over Hayden Hanover (Marcus Miller), who emerged late to take runner-up honors over Rockapelo. The human Larry Karr shares ownership in the equine athlete of the same name with the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Frank Baldachino. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Nov. 6); first post is 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Horsemen are advised that this week's qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia have been moved from their usual Tuesday morning (Nov. 5) slot to Thursday (Nov. 7).   The qualifiers will take place before the pari-mutuel card, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Jeffrey Snyder's Dealt A Winner ($4.00) proved dominant in Sunday's (Oct. 27) $18,000 harness racing pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, drawing clear willingly on the final turn to post a seasonal-best 1:49.1 victory. George Napolitano Jr. kept Dealt A Winner second-over on the first turn, and the pair cleared to the lead with a circuit to go after Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) pushed clear of early pacesetter Bright Diamond N (Joe Bongiorno). After rolling through a :54.2 first half, the 7-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding threw down the gauntlet up the far side with a :26.4 third sectional before expanding his lead over Mike's Z Tam through the final turn. Dealt A Winner remained strong all the way to the winning post, soundly defeating Mike's Z Tam by 3-3/4 lengths. Twin B Tuffenuff (Dexter Dunn) emerged out of traffic to take third. Mark Silva trains 21-time winner Dealt A Winner. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with four wins on the 14-race card, while Napolitano notched a hat trick. Despite odds-on choice Regal Hope ($3.20, Tetrick) prevailing in the $12,500 claiming fifth race, only one punter successfully selected the 5-1-4-2-3 combination in the day's Jackpot Hi-5, which yielded a dividend of $14,566.02. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 30); first post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia r

Chester, PA -- After being hindered by severe road trouble in last week's Open at Yonkers, Rodeo Rock ($5.40) found clear sailing and bounced back decisively in Sunday afternoon's (Oct. 20) featured top-level conditioned harness racing pace at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding floated into fourth on the first turn and patiently stalked a :27.1 first quarter set by Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance). Only after American Boy N (Andy McCarthy) cleared from the outer tier with a circuit to go did Eric Goodell give Rodeo Rock his cue, angling him first-over just before a :55 half. Rodeo Rock responded at Goodell's first asking, powering away from American Boy N up the far side and sprinting off at will to win in 1:50.3 over sloppy going. Mike's Z Tam emerged from traffic to save second, 2-1/4 lengths back, while 4-5 favorite Dealt A Winner (George Napolitano Jr.) sustained gradual progress after losing cover to take third. Robert Cleary trains 28-time winner Rodeo Rock for Royal Wire Products Inc. Rodeo Rock keyed a 6-1-4-5-8 combination in the afternoon's 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, and multiple players connected for a $72.84 dividend. The carryover for Wednesday's (Oct. 23) fifth race mounts to $10,718.92. Post time for the first of 13 races on Wednesday's card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

Chester, PA -- Knutsson Trotting Inc.'s Muscle M Up ($5.80) strode straight to the front and never looked back in Sunday's (Oct. 13) $25,000 winners-over harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia, posting a 1:52.3 win with plenty in reserve. Trainer-driver Ãke Svanstedt put the 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill in play from the outset of the one-mile race, clearing Theresademoninme (Yannick Gingras) easily through a :27 first quarter before rating a :56.1 half. Up the backstretch, Muscle M Up started to edge away, extending his lead to two lengths past three-quarters in 1:24.   Muscle M Up remained unchallenged to the winning post, keeping a late bid from Scirocco Rob (Dexter Dunn) 1-1/2 lengths at bay, while Theresademoninme checked in a one-paced third. The win was the fifth on the season for Muscle M Up and the ninth of his career. In the sub-featured event of the afternoon, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, American Boy N ($4.60) pushed out of the pocket with three-eighths to go and overtook pacesetter Lyons Steel en route to a 1:50.2 score. Andy McCarthy drove the 8-year-old American Ideal gelding for trainer Michael Marx Jr. and the Windermere Stable LLC. Two carryovers will greet punters on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 16): a $5,881.60 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5, and a $2,228.02 carryover in the Pick-4, which begins in race seven. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media  

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