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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 

Chester, PA -- Horsemen are advised of a deviation from the standard  harness racing draw schedule for the race programs to be conducted over Labor Day weekend at Harrah's Philadelphia. The affected part of the draw schedule is as follows:   Draw Date - Race Date Monday (Aug. 26) - Friday (Aug. 30) Tuesday (Aug. 27) - Sunday (Sept. 1) Wednesday (Aug. 28) - Monday (Sept. 2)   For further information, horsemen are advised to consult the condition sheet (https://www.caesars.com/content/dam/ccr/Racing/condition-sheets/8_30-9_5_2019.pdf) or contact the race office at 484.490.2222.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

Chester, PA -- Driver Art Stafford Jr. notched the 2,000th win of his harness racing career when he piloted Happy That ($7.20) to a 1:56.3 victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 18) ninth race at Harrah's Philadelphia. Happy That, a 4-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Martin Davis for owner Jeffrey Startt, made a first-over push from third up the backstretch to reel in and overpower early pacesetter Sleek N Majestic on the far turn. Happy That won the $14,000 conditioned trotting event by 1-1/2 lengths over the late-rallying E Ell Cruze. Stafford, who began driving in 1984 and competes primarily on the Delaware circuit, is in the midst of his fourth consecutive season in which he has surpassed $1 million in purse earnings. He drove a career-high 232 winners and amassed over $2.4 million in purses in 2017. In the $18,000 pacing feature, Alluneedisfaith N ($3.60) converted at odds-on, brushing out of midfield at the half-mile pole to claim the pocket from a gapping Blake North before grinding down pacesetter Lets Roll by 2-1/4 lengths in a lifetime best 1:49.4. Corey Callahan drove the 5-year-old Art Major gelding for trainer Ross Croghan and the Robert Cooper Stables. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race card on Wednesday (Aug. 21), featuring four Pennsylvania Stallion Series events for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA -- Our Max Phactor N ($6.40) and George Napolitano Jr. sustained a first-over push into stout fractions on his way to victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 11) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, while Tim Tetrick picked up five driving wins on the 14-race card. Our Max Phactor N was unhurried from post two in the early stages, content to let Mach N Cheese (Simon Allard) and Tiger Thompson N (Andy McCarthy) duel through a :26 first quarter before commencing his first-over ascent into a :54 half. Up the backstretch, the 7-year-old Art Major gelding made his strongest advances, pushing a head past Mach N Cheese nearing three-quarters in 1:20.4 and putting away that rival on the far turn. Off the home corner, Our Max Phactor N was driven out to evade a late rally from Slick Tony (Tony Morgan) -- who swung off third-over cover -- by a diminishing neck in 1:49.4. Donttellmeagain (Tim Tetrick) improved belatedly to finish third. Trainer Andrew Harris's A Harris Racing LLC co-owns Our Max Phactor N with Michael Goldberg Racing LLC, Bruce Areman and the Prem Dan Stable. Tetrick once again had the hot hand on Sunday afternoon, teaming up with Paprike Blue Chip ($4.60, 1:52.2), Mister Ohanzee A ($5.60, 1:51), Blake North ($6.80, 1:49.4), Sky Is Mine ($9.40, 1:56.3) and Maroma Beach ($3.40, 1:51.4). Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 14), with a 14-race card slated for a 12:25 p.m. start. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- The Jackpot Hi-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia was hit on Friday (Aug. 9), when one player successfully chose the winning 2-3-1-6-9 combination in the afternoon's fifth race for a dividend of $77,690.36.   Chillin It De Vie and Pat Berry recorded a 14-1 upset in the fifth race, a second-level conditioned pace for fillies and mares, narrowly defeating 1-5 favorite Sheewarsthepants while 38-1, 67-1 and 15-1 shots rounded out the top five finishers.   The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager that requires players to select the top five finishers in order. The carryover, as was the case Friday, is paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Lansing, MI -- Over $230,000 in purses will be on the line in an eight-race Michigan Sire Stakes program to be held Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 13) at Northville Downs, and all four 2018 freshman champions will look to defend their crowns as sophomores.   After posting an impressive 1:58.2 win in last year's Sire Stakes final and accumulating nine other victories as a freshman, Matty's Legacy remains the likely kingpin in the $29,210 Sire Stakes event for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as the finale on the eight-race program.   Rick Dobson drove the gelded son of Keystone Rodeo to victories at Big Rapids and Fowlerville this season for owner-trainer Monica Krist, and is listed to drive the 12-time winner again after a 2:00 showing at Northville last week. Bilbo Bobbins (Michael DeRuntz) is the only other entrant in the five-horse field to have won this year, having posted a 2:08.1 mile at Paulding, Ohio.   Kwantum Key heads a field of eight in the $29,960 3-year-old filly pace (race five). Last summer, the daughter of Manhardt capped an eight-win campaign with victory in the Michigan Sire Stakes final in 1:56.3, her fastest to date. Brad Kramer will handle the 10-time winner for trainer-breeder Kelly Goodwin, who shares ownership with Crystal Terrell.   Among those looking to deny Kwantum Key a second Sire Stakes title are Nox (Carl Putnam Jr.), who narrowly missed Kwantum Key in their last two fair meetings; Play For Keeps (Rick Dobson), who looks to build on a 1:59.1 mark taken at Northville earlier this season; and Lady Medusa (Larry Lee Smith), a 1:56 winner at Harrah's Hoosier Park.   Miss Bluestone, an 11-1/2 length winner in last year's Sire Stakes final, leads a compact field of four in the 3-year-old filly trot (race six), which carries a $28,960 purse. Scott Altizer owns, trains and will drive the daughter of Bluestone who won five races as a freshman and took a mark of 2:03 in her lone win this season, a pari-mutuel event at Northville Downs in May. You Go Girlygirl (Putnam), a six-time winner who took her 2:06.1 mark at Fowlerville, poses the biggest threat.   The $29,460 event for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings (race seven) will see Gemini Eddie try to defend his title against five rivals. After winning seven of 13 races at two, including the Sire Stakes final in 2:02.4, the Southwind Russet gelding has earned three wins to date this year and was clocked in 1:56 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in June. Art McIlmurray is slated to drive for ECS Racing LLC and trainer Kevin St. Charles.   In the 2-year-old filly pace (race one), which goes for $29,710, Vicious Circle will seek her fourth career win over three rivals. The daughter of Manhardt and Vivacious Raider carries a three-race winning streak into her richest race to date, having taken a 2:01 mark at Hastings before registering wins at Fowlerville and Northville. Usual driver Brad Kramer will be aboard for trainer Kelly Goodwin, who shares ownership with breeder Libby Myers.   YSS Smash For Cash will look to maintain his dominance among 2-year-old male trotters after winning three of four starts to date. Owner-trainer Scott Altizer will drive the son of Smashed and Cashel in the $29,710 event (race three) against three others, including Suzygottanewheart (John Goodyear), whose 2:09.3 mark at Northville on Aug. 6 gives him the speed badge in the compact field.   YSS Smash For Cash (race three) will look to maintain his dominance among 2-year-old male trotters after winning three of four starts to date. Owner-trainer Scott Altizer will drive the son of Smashed and Cashel in the $29,710 event against three others, including Suzygottanewheart (John Goodyear), whose 2:09.3 mark at Northville on Aug. 6 gives him the speed badge in the compact field.   Six freshman trotting fillies will contest a $30,210 purse in the remaining event for 2-year-olds (race two), and Come On Loretta is the likely standout after finishing first or second in all four of her career starts. The daughter of Crest and Sher To Be most recently won by 21-1/4 lengths at Northville, taking a mark of 2:07.1 in the act for trainer, driver and breeder Tim Roach.   Post time for the non-wagering program is 1 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for the Michigan Harness Horsemen's Association      

Chester, PA -- Horseplayers can take aim at a soaring jackpot in Thursday afternoon's (Aug. 8) fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has eclipsed the $70,000 plateau.   In the fifth race on Wednesday (Aug. 7), second choice Fashionwoodchopper ($7.00, David Miller) and odds-on favorite Gold Medal Swan (George Napolitano Jr.) keyed a 5-9-1-7-4 combination that returned a dividend of $653.80 to multiple players. As a result, the carryover for Thursday has grown to $71,708.05.   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 highest Jackpot Hi-5 dividend to date at Harrah's Philadelphia is $35,989.90, claimed on the May 23 program.   Post time on Thursday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- After an easy1:49.3 win last week, George Leager's Slick Tony ($2.80) converted again at odds-on when he took the featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 4) at Harrah's Philadelphia. George Napolitano Jr. again drove the 4-year-old No Spin Zone entire, setting him in motion from fourth in pursuit of pacesetter Decoy (Corey Callahan) on approach to a :55.2 half mile. Slick Tony made steady ground up the far side, forcing a :27.2 third split before seizing command midway on the far turn. After putting away Decoy with three-sixteenths to go, Slick Tony edged away to evade a three-wide rally from Ballerat Boomerang (Pat Berry) by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51. Billy Badger N (Dexter Dunn) closed from astern to finish third. Leager also trains Slick Tony, who recorded the 26th win of his career. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to build, as multiple players selected the 2-1-7-3-9 combination in the afternoon's fifth race for a $131.40 dividend. The carryover for Wednesday's (Aug. 7) fifth race now stands at $68,438.97, and is payable in the event of one unique winning ticket. Post time for Wednesday's 14-race card is 12:25 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- The carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 continues to grow at Harrah's Philadelphia, with $67,256.21 awaiting players in the fifth race on Sunday afternoon (Aug. 4).   Despite Friday afternoon's (Aug. 2) fifth race going to 16-1 long shot Don Dorado, multiple players had the winning 4-5-7-9-6 combination -- involving the two favorites finishing second and third -- for a dividend of $274.98.   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 highest Jackpot Hi-5 dividend to date at Harrah's Philadelphia is $35,989.90, claimed on the May 23 program.   Post time on Sunday is 12:40 p.m.   by James Witherite, for 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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 -- 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

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