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CHESTER, PA -- Horseplayers will be greeted by a refreshed, bettor-friendly harness racing wagering menu when Harrah's Philadelphia opens their 2021 season on April 2. The new menu features two Pick-4 wagers on each card, retaining the 50-cent base wager and low 15% takeout from seasons past. On a typical 14-race program, the Pick-4s will begin in races one and 10; on shorter programs, the Pick-4s will comprise the first four and last four races. A new Pick-5 wager will be introduced, covering races five through nine on each program and featuring a 50-cent base wager and an 18% takeout. The daily 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 has been removed from the menu in favor of three non-jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers on each card, to be offered in the third, ninth, and final races with a 50-cent base wager and a 15% takeout. In a unique twist, Super Hi-5 pools will carry over in their entirety in the event of no winning tickets, as will superfecta (offered in all races without a Hi-5), Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 pools. "We're excited to offer players a more friendly wagering menu," said Barry Brown, director of racing operations at Harrah's Philadelphia. "In this day and age, carryovers have become a focus among players, and our new menu creates the opportunity for those carryovers to build." Additionally, the takeout rates on trifecta and superfecta wagers have been reduced from 30% and 32%, respectively, to 26%, increasing the ability for players to find value in those pools, as well. "We wanted to get our trifecta and superfecta takeouts in line with other jurisdictions and some of the other Pennsylvania racetracks," Brown continued. In terms of handicapping resources, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association is providing past performance pages all season long by way of their website. For the novice and seasoned player alike, the popular The Players' Guide tip sheet returns for its fifth season, published both in the on-track program and at the-players-guide.com. As in recent seasons, racing will take place at Harrah's Philadelphia primarily on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 12:25 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 12:40 p.m. The 150-day meeting will run through Dec. 26.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. -- Windsun Ricky ($16.20) circled four-wide off the home turn and vaulted to a 1:50.4 victory in the $14,400 top-level featured pacing event on Sunday's (Dec. 27) closing day harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 4-year-old American Ideal gelding waited well behind a contested pace before Dexter Dunn angled him third-over into a :54.1 first half. As Peace Out Posse advanced to engage pacesetter Joesstar Of Mia A through three-quarters in 1:22.1, Dunn fanned Windsun Ricky four-wide -- and he cascaded down the grandstand side to win by a widening 1-1/4 lengths. I'm Some Graduate (Yannick Gingras) was out-kicked off cover yet held second over Major Pocket (David Miller), who rallied widest of all for third. Windsun Ricky's victory was his third in eight starts for owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. and trainer Paul Stafford, and the 10th of his career. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with four wins on the 14-race program. Windsun Ricky In the fifth race, Pyro ($2.40) led a 3-5-4-8-1 Jackpot Hi-5 combination that returned $238.30 to multiple backers on a 20-cent base wager. The closing day Hi-5 featured a $17,401.98 carryover and a mandatory payout. Racing is slated to return to Harrah's Philadelphia in April 2021. Full details regarding the 2021 season will be published on the Harrah's Philadelphia website (https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly/racing) as they are made available.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, Pa. -- There will be a mandatory payout in the Jackpot Hi-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 27), which is the final harness racing program of the 2020 season. The Hi-5, which is offered in the fifth race each day, boasts a $17,401.98 carryover. The 20-cent base wager carries a low 15% takeout, and the carryover is typically only disbursed in the event of one unique winning ticket. Due to Sunday's mandatory payout, the carryover and all "new money" wagered (less takeout) will be paid out to all players who successfully choose the first five finishers in order. Post time for the first of 14 races on the closing day program is 12:40 p.m. EST.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, Pa. — Western Joe ($16.40) made every call a winning one in Sunday's (Dec. 20) $14,400 top-level pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding used a :26.1 first quarter to gain uncontested control of the terms from post six and, after harness racing driver Simon Allard rated a :29 second sectional, parried a stern first-over try from Bettor Memories (Yannick Gingras) to win in 1:50.3. Mac's Jackpot rode the pocket to finish second, 1-1/4 lengths behind, but was demoted to sixth after bearing out in the homestretch and causing interference to multiple horses.   Vettel N (Joe Bongiorno) was elevated to second after emerging out of traffic, and Rock The Town (Tim Tetrick) circled down the grandstand side to be elevated to third.   Even-money favorite Ana Afreet N was parked throughout from post eight and failed to fire off a second-over trip. Chris Choate trains 29-time winner for breeder Anthony Ruggeri, who shares ownership with Richard Tosies. Trainer Ron Burke recorded a hat trick on the 14-race card, teaming up with driver Yannick Gingras to win with Rockapelo ($4.80, 1:50.3), Dojea Gizmo ($3.00, 1:51.2) and Pyro ($2.20, 1:51.4). Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec.  23), with a $14,111.42 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- A carryover of $1,813.51 has prompted a $10,000 guaranteed pool in Sunday's (Dec. 20) harness racing Pick-4 at Harrah's Philadelphia. The $10,000 guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick-4, which offers a 50-cent base wager and carries a 15% takeout, begins in race seven. Past performance pages for the Pick-4 sequence, courtesy TrackMaster, will be available through the USTA website (handicapping.ustrotting.com). First post for Sunday's program at Harrah's Philadelphia is 12:40 p.m. EST.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- Management at Harrah's Philadelphia has announced that the program of racing scheduled for Thursday afternoon (Dec. 17) has been canceled as a result of continued inclement winter weather in the Philadelphia region. Live racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday (Dec. 18), with a carryover of $11,291.69 in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. First post is 12:25 p.m. EST.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- Due to the winter storm forecast for the Philadelphia region, Wednesday's (Dec. 16) races at Harrah's Philadelphia have been canceled. Live harness racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (Dec. 17); post time is 12:25 p.m. EST.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media    

CHESTER, Pa. — Mark Jakubik's Rock The Town ($3.40) lived up to odds-on billing in Sunday's (Dec. 13) $11,600 upper-level conditioned pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, coasting to a 1:51 harness racing score with plenty in reserve at the end of the one-mile race. Andy McCarthy worked the 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding clear of Statement Made A (Dexter Dunn) shortly after a :27.1 first quarter, and the pair were uncontested for the remainder of the journey. Rock The Town edged clear from an all-out Statement Made A off the home turn, and won by a measured 1-3/4 lengths. J M Mandamin (George Napolitano Jr.) rallied up the open stretch to nab second over Statement Made A. The featured win with 20-time winner Rock The Town was one of two on the card for trainer Darren Taneyhill. Steve Brabrook also fashioned a training double. Tim Tetrick and Dexter Dunn shared top honors among drivers with three wins apiece. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 16), with an $11,291.69 carryover in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5. First post is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- Horsemen and horseplayers are advised that the 2020 harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia will now conclude on Dec. 27. As a result of additional restrictions imposed in Pennsylvania effective Saturday (Dec. 12) causing the casino operations at Harrah's Philadelphia to be temporarily suspended, racing will continue as scheduled through Dec. 27 with only essential personnel present and without spectators in attendance. The card previously scheduled for the evening of Dec. 31 has been canceled. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- Vettel N ($5.00) used a :26 third-quarter blitz to seize command en route to a decisive 1:50 score in Sunday afternoon's (Dec. 6) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 fifth-level conditioned pace. Vettel N was content to draft in third while Lyons Steel (Dexter Dunn) and Jack's Shadow N (Daniel Dube) disputed a :26.3 first quarter. After Lyons Steel pulled the half back to :56, Joe Bongiorno angled the 7-year-old American Ideal gelding off the pegs, and he surged to the fore with three-eighths to go. After opening up a three-length lead to three-quarters in 1:21.4, Vettel N repelled a late challenge from runner-up Rock The Town (Andy McCarthy) by 2-1/4 lengths. Our Max Phactor N (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third, another 1-3/4 lengths behind. Trainer Jenn Bongiorno and driver Joe Bongiorno share ownership of 25-time winner Vettel N with Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine. Since arriving in the United States to race under Jenn Bongiorno's care, he has won eight of 20 races and has amassed $61,556 in purses. Marc Mosher shone on the undercard with a training hat trick, winning with Cole On The Beach ($5.40, Yannick Gingras, 1:52.4), Enough Sun ($2.40, David Miller, 1:52.1) and Razor's Edge ($3.80, Gingras, 1:53.1). Mosher conditioned all three for new Standardbred owner Joseph Riad, who purchased his first horse in September. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race program on Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 9) and a $6,896.90 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5, which is offered in the fifth race daily. First post time is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, Pa. -- Arrhythmic LLC's Thatswhatisaid N ($55.80) rode the pocket to a 26-1 upset in Sunday's (Nov. 29) featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. Thatswhatisaid N and driver Todd McCarthy floated forward from post three to secure the pocket behind 5-2 second choice Rockapelo (Yannick Gingras), who controlled fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:22.1. When even-money favorite Western Joe (David Miller) began to fade through the far turn after mounting a failed first-over bid up the backstretch, McCarthy found room to angle Thatswhatisaid N off the pegs and take aim at Rockapelo in the stretch. Thatswhatisaid measured Rockapelo well to take the lead with 40 yards to go and win by a widening three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2. Vettel N (Joe Bongiorno) emerged belatedly to finish third, beaten 2-3/4 lengths. Kevin Lare trains Thatswhatisaid N, a 6-year-old Well Said gelding who has won three of his 13 starts since arriving in the United States this year.   Thatswhatisaid N In the afternoon's finale, Chris Temming earned his first career win as a driver, piloting Lisburn ($19.00) to a 1:52.4 score in a $5,600 first-level conditioned pace. As a trainer, the 30-year-old Temming has accounted for 170 wins and just over $2 million in purses since beginning his career in May 2013.   Chris Temming driving Lisburn Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 2), with a 14-race program scheduled and a $5,097.89 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media  

CHESTER, Pa. — Veteran campaigner Dealt A Winner ($6.80) overcame a post eight dispatch and held his ground while under siege late to take Sunday's (Nov. 22) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 upper-level conditioned pace. Dealt A Winner and driver Yannick Gingras were strung out a bit by 2-1 favorite Rock The Town (Anthony Napolitano) through a :27.3 first quarter, but cleared for sole control of the terms with well over a circuit to go. After pulling the half back a touch to :55.3, the 8-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding capably held his ground to stave off a late push up the open stretch from runner-up Rock The Town, who only missed Dealt A Winner's 1:51.2 mile by a neck. Thatswhatisaid N (Daniel Dubé) sustained a first-over grind through the final three-eighths of the mile to finish third, missing by just a half length.   Ron Burke trains 27-time winner Dealt A Winner for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. The win was his second in a row and his sixth of the season. Todd McCarthy led all drivers with three wins on the 14-race program. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25), with a $2,769.87 carryover buoying the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 offered in the fifth race. Post time for the first of 14 races is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, PA. -- Horsemen are advised of an altered draw schedule for the upcoming week of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia, on account of the Thanksgiving holiday. The schedule is as follows: Draw Day - Race Day Monday, Nov. 23 - Friday, Nov. 27 Tuesday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 29 Friday, Nov. 27 - Wednesday, Dec. 2 Saturday, Nov. 28 - Thursday, Dec. 3 Entries close at 9 a.m. EST each day. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

CHESTER, Penn. — After his 1:48.4 statement a week ago, Southwind Ozzi ($3.20) delivered a similarly decisive score in Sunday's (Nov. 15) harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 high-level conditioned pace. Southwind Ozzi and regular driver Daniel Dubé worked to clear Da Delightful (Tim Tetrick) through a :27.2 first quarter, and after rating a :56.2 half, the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere threw down the gauntlet. By way of back-to-back :26.4 quarters, Southwind Ozzi amassed 6-3/4 lengths of clearance over his rivals and paced strongly to the end of a 1:50 mile with plenty in reserve. Da Delightful held runner-up honors over Mac's Jackpot (Todd McCarthy), who lifted off stalling cover to finish third. Bill Mackenzie trains 14-time winner Southwind Ozzi for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice. The 2019 Little Brown Jug winner has earned $907,854 thus far in his career. George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the 12-race program. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 18); the first of 14 races is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, PA -- Aided by a drop in class to the easiest field he has faced since his 2-year-old campaign, 2019 Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi ($3.60) broke a five-race losing skid with a scintillating 1:48.4 mile on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 8) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Southwind Ozzi wasted no time establishing command of the terms in the $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace and was guided by Daniel Dube through sectionals of :27, :54.4 and 1:21.4. After dictating that fast pace while under no opposition, the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and Southwind Solara drew clear through the final turn and homestretch, amassing a 7-length margin of victory over Billy Badger (Dexter Dunn) and Put To Right (Andy McCarthy).     Bill MacKenzie trains Southwind Ozzi, whose 13th career win propelled his career earnings over the $900,000 plateau, for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice. In the afternoon's featured event, a fifth-level conditioned pace worth $11,600, Bettor Memories ($4.00) used a :54.2 closing half mile to stave off a late charge from pocket rival Vapour N by a half length in 1:51.2. Dexter Dunn drove the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the 33rd win of his career for owner Gus Dovi and trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 11); the first of 12 races is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- Horsemen are advised that this week's harness racing qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia have been moved from their usual Tuesday morning (Nov. 10) slot to Wednesday (Nov. 11).   The qualifiers will take place before the 12-race pari-mutuel card, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

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