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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  

Chester, PA -- Favorites tasted defeat in all four harness racing divisions of the John Simpson Memorial for 2-year-old colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon (Oct. 6) at Harrah's Philadelphia, and all four winners took new lifetime marks. Blank Stare ($19.00) took top honors among 14 freshman male pacers, dueling down prohibitive favorite Lake Charles for a 1:52.4 victory in the first of two $49,700 divisions of the Bret Hanover. Corey Callahan angled the gelded son of Bolt The Duer and Hypnotize first-over from fourth as Pennsylvania Stallion Series standout Lake Charles (Jason Bartlett) rated a comfortable :57.2 half mile. Up the backstretch, Blank Stare accelerated to force a quickening pace, sticking a nose in front past three-quarters in 1:24.4 before dueling for the entirety of the far turn. Off the home corner, Blank Stare asserted and pushed clear of Lake Charles by 1-1/2 lengths, while Diamond Head (Austin Siegelman) finished third. John Butenschoen trains three-time winner Blank Stare for the Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, James Crawford IV and the In Over My Head Stable. The second Bret Hanover division saw Save Me A Dance ($31.20) and George Napolitano Jr. employ similar first-over tactics to grind down odds-on favorite Cigars And Port (Bartlett) on approach to the final turn. The Heston Blue Chip-Dance Hall Girl colt then outlasted a late rally from the second-over JK Lucky Charms (Eric Goodell) by a half length to win in 1:54.2. Alota Chips (Marcus Miller) lifted from third-over to narrowly miss the runner-up spot. Save Me A Dance gave Napolitano one of two stakes wins on the card, and was the second half of a stakes double for owner Robert Key and trainer Andrew Harris. Key and Harris also prevailed in the first $60,000 division of the Super Bowl for juvenile male trotters, when Sky Castles ($6.60, Bartlett) dug in through the far turn to parry a first-over challenge from 6-5 choice Loyal Fox Hanover (Victor Kirby) before sprinting away to win by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:56.2. Hopeusteponalego (Marcus Schoen) finished a farther 3-3/4 lengths behind in third. It was the second career win for the son of Conway Hall and Sand Piper. Sky Castles was a dominant winner                  --Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos Napolitano completed his stakes double in the second Super Bowl split with Hell Patrol ($10.40). The Yankee Glide-Day At The Spa gelding followed live second-over cover up the backstretch and vaulted three-wide to the lead just after pacesetter Barley (Kirby) broke stride nearing the top of the stretch. Hell Patrol lifted late to reel in 1-2 favorite Saxon (Bartlett) -- who inherited the lead from the pocket -- by a half length in 1:57.1. Kyrie Deo rallied from third-over to take third. Marcus Melander trains two-time winner Hell Patrol for Courant Inc. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Oct. 9), with a 12-race card due to begin at 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA -- The Harrah's Philadelphia Jackpot Hi-5 was hit on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 2), and one correct harness racing player was rewarded with a $41,082.68 dividend.   After starting in the back row, Valley Of Sin ($73.20, Victor Kirby) circled cover up the backstretch on his way to a 35-1 upset in the afternoon's fifth race, followed by 19-1 runner-up What That Is. The two keyed a 9-7-3-2-1 combination which produced the massive payout.   The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent base wager that requires players to select the first five finishers of the fifth race each day at Harrah's Philadelphia. The carryover is paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket on a given day.   Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (Oct. 3), with first post at 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Class relief enabled Yonkers invader Ballerat Boomerang ($10.80) to sustain a first-over bid en route to a 1:50.3 victory in the Sunday afternoon (Sept. 15) harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   On the undercard, George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with five wins, capped by a 1:49.2 mile from Dealt A Winner ($3.20) in the sub-feature. The 6-year-old If I Can Dream gelding was unhurried early by Pat Berry, settling in midfield while K Ryan Bluechip (Tony Morgan) and Daamericansky (Austin Siegelman) disputed a :26.3 first quarter. With nine-sixteenths to go, Berry angled Ballerat Boomerang first-over, and he advanced steadily into a :55.2 half mile before pushing clear of K Ryan Bluechip up the backstretch. Ballerat Boomerang tried to accelerate away up the far side by way of a :27 third sectional, but K Ryan Bluechip maintained a close pocket through the final turn before angling out in upper stretch. Ballerat Boomerang held his ground to the winning post, notching the 44th win of his career by three-quarters of a length over K Ryan Bluechip. Mike's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) circled around a stalled Little Ben (Daniel Dube) off the far turn to claim third. Nick Surick trains Ballerat Boomerang for the Engel Stable of Illinois and the J L Benson Stables. In the sub-featured $14,500 conditioned pace, Dealt A Winner overcame the back row by way of an early and lively flow to post a dominant 7-1/2 length victory over Alotbettor N. Napolitano drove the Mark Silva trainee to the 19th win of his career. Dealt A Winner's win keyed a 9-4-5-2-6 combination in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $257.82 to multiple bettors. The carryover for Wednesday's (Sept. 18) fifth race has grown to $24,142.29. First post for Wednesday's 13-race card is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA -- Not only did Shartin N ($2.10) and Hannelore Hanover ($3.00) emerge as the final preliminary winners in their respective $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series events on Sunday (Sept. 1) at Harrah's Philadelphia, but they erased a pair of decade-long harness racing track records in the process. Shartin N erased Southwind Tempo's 1:48.3 record for older pacing mares with a 1:48 performance in the Great Northeast mares pace (race 11), and driver Tim Tetrick indicated the 40-time winner had plenty in reserve. "I just kept the bit in her mouth and let her pace to the wire," Tetrick said. "It's cool what she did, and everyone who watched knew she could have gone a lot more. I could have gone 1:47.2 with no problem." The 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America was unhurried at the outset, stalking in fourth from the pegs while Write Me A Song (Yannick Gingras) drilled a :25.4 first quarter. With nine-sixteenths to go and Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) now in control of the terms, Tetrick and Shartin N angled first-over and accelerated steadily to take charge through a :53.3 half before clearing upon reaching the backstretch. From there, Shartin N was under a stout rein to the winning post, sprinting powerfully through a pair of :27.1 splits to cap her 1:48 mile, beating Caviart Ally by 1-1/2 lengths. Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) was third. Shartin N took three-fifths of a second off Southwind Tempo's previous track record for older pacing mares and establishing herself on level pegging with Somwherovrarainbow as the fastest female pacer ever on a five-eighths-mile track. Jim King Jr. trains Shartin N for Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick LLC. After faltering in her Maple Leaf Trot elimination last week, Hannelore Hanover bounced back with a 1:52 mile in the Great Northeast trot (race seven), shaving two-fifths of a second off Buck I St Pat's previous course record for older trotting mares, established in 2008. The 7-year-old Swan For All mare worked to an easy lead from post three and controlled splits of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.3 in line to Yannick Gingras. Nearing the top of the stretch, Hannelore Hanover faced a brief challenge from Muscle M Up (McCarthy), and appeared to have him measured. Off the corner, Muscle M Up broke stride and Hannelore Hanover coasted to a 3-1/4 length win over Rich And Miserable (Tyler Buter), who inherited second. Pappy Go Go (George Napolitano Jr.) finished third. Ron Burke trains 46-time winner Hannelore Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and the J&T Silva Stables. The sub-featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace saw Rodeo Rock ($4.20, Eric Goodell) brush aggressively from fourth en route to a 1:49.1 win over Trump Nation. Robert Cleary trains the 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding for Royal Wire Products Inc. Rodeo Rock keyed a 5-3-1-6-4 combination in the fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5, which multiple players cashed in on for $107.86. As a result, a carryover of $12,257.89 will head to Monday afternoon's (Sept. 2) fifth race. Post time for the 13-race Labor Day card at Harrah's Philadelphia is 12:40 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, doe Harrah's Philadelphia  

Chester, PA -- Since arriving in the Ron Burke stable in early July, Backstreet Shadow has been on an absolute tear.   The 4-year-old Shadow Play gelding ran his winning streak to five with a measured 1:49.1 harness racing victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 25) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, which was also his first appearance at the riverside track. Tim Tetrick was back in the bike behind Backstreet Shadow ($2.20) after they teamed up for a resounding 1:47.3 victory at The Meadowlands on the Hambletonian Day undercard. Picking right up where they left off, the pair yielded early control to Imarocnrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno) before brushing just beyond a :27 first quarter.   Once clearing, Backstreet Shadow maintained complete command through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.1, turning aside a first-over push from Our Max Phactor N (George Napolitano Jr.) up the backstretch in the act. Off the home turn, Backstreet Shadow faced one final challenge from Imarocnrolllegend N, who closed to within a half length at the finish. However, Backstreet Shadow was under wraps for the entirety of the stretch en route to his 17th career win. Scott Rocks (George Brennan) finished third, another 4-1/2 lengths back. The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby have banked $90,000 in five starts with Backstreet Shadow. Backstreet Shadow's win keyed a 2-6-1-4-7 combination in the day's Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $140.82 to multiple backers and prompted a $7,162.37 carryover to Wednesday's (Aug. 28) card. In the afternoon's sub-featured event, an $18,000 conditioned pace, JK Wildfire ($17.00) sustained a long first-over ascent to overpower pacesetter Alotbettor N and draw clear by three lengths in 1:50.3. Corey Callahan drove the Wayne Givens trainee for Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard II. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday, with the first of 13 races scheduled for 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

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