A field of eight filly and mare pacers who are winner's over $25,000 in their lifetime squared off at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday (Sept. 5). The wagering public put their support behind million dollar mare Monkey On My Wheel (Tim Tetrick), who was sent off as the 7/5 harness racing favorite. At the start, the favorite left aggressively, and cleared the lead before the quarter, which was achieved in :27. After a rated :28.4 second quarter, pressure arrived in the form of another millionaire mare Drop The Ball (Corey Callahan), but she could get no closer then a length. Three-quarters went in 1:22.4. The leader sprinted clear at the top of the stretch, outlasting a fast closing Regil Elektra (Victor Kirby), who finished second. Pocket-sitter Set Me Up (Matt Kakaly) finished third. The winner paced the mile in 1:50.4, and paid $4.80 to win, keying an exacta that paid $48.40, and a trifecta that paid $317.40. Monkey On My Wheel is owned by Mac Nichol, and is trained by Casie Coleman. She now has 31 career victories on 87 starts and has earnings of $1,572,334 in stakes. Mike Bozich
There were two divisions of a non-winners of $17,500 in their last 5 starts on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the first division, Jake Huff trainee Statesman N was sent off as the 6/5 favorite. As the wings opened, it was Bestjetyet firing fast for the lead, with Statesman N securing the pocket spot from post one. Coming off of a strong qualifier, Bestjetyet set solid fractions, overcoming a first over challenge from Hang Ten. In the stretch however, Bestjetyet made a break, allowing Statesman N to close up the inside for the victory, in a time of 1:51.1. Bestjetyet finished second, but was dis-qualified and placed sixth for a violation of the breaking rule. Dreamzzzz R for U was moved up to second, while Hang Ten was moved up to third. Statesman N is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, P. Venturini, and J&T Silva Stables, and was one of three wins for Corey Callahan. In the second division, Emeritus Maximus sped off the wings and never looked back. The four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover faced a persistent first-over challenge from Nitro Seelster, and a late charge from National Debt, for his eleventh career win, in a time of 1:50.2. National Debt was a heart breaking second, while Nitro Seelster finished third. Emeritus Maximus is owned by John Cancelliere, trained by Tom Cancelliere, and was driven by Corey Callahan. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
A Winner's Over $25,000 Lifetime was the featured event on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia. The betting public slightly favored the Ron Burke entrant Ultimate Beachboy (7-5) who started from post 3. At the start, it was co-second favorites Word Power and Heston Blue Chip firing out for the lead, while the race favorite took back to settle in fifth. Heston Blue Chip finally cleared the lead from post 8, but only after a taxing 25.4 opening quarter. The pace slowed, with a :29 second quarter, only to pick up again when Ultimate Beachboy emerged on the scene first over. Heston Blue Chip maintained the lead however, and turned into the stretch one length clear. Pocket sitter Word Power and long shot Rock On Moe made advances up the inside, but it was Heston Blue Chip holding on, stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Rock On Moe settled for second, while Word Power finished third. Heston Blue Chip is owned by Ken Jacobs, trained by Linda Toscano, and was one of five driving wins on the day for Tim Tetrick. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
A Winners Over $25,000 Lifetime Pace for fillies and mares was the featured event on Friday afternoon's card from Harrah's Philadelphia. Champion mare Anndrovette, looking to add to her lofty lifetime earnings, was the post time favorite at 4/5. As the wings closed, it was Fast and Feisty and Camille leaving hard for the lead, with the latter clearing just past the quarter. The fractions were solid as Anndrovette applied first over pressure, but Camille sprinted away at three-quarters, and went on to an impressive nine length triumph, stopping the clock in 1:49.3. Fast and Feisty was second, while Anndrovette finished third. Camille continues to add to her lifetime winnings, which now exceed one million dollars. She is owned by Burke Racing, Bruscemi, M1 Stables, and Piatt, trained by Ron Burke, and was one of three driving wins on the card for Yannick Gingras. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
The 7-year-old gelding pacer Windsong Gorgeous continues to display sharp form by tallying another victory in Thursday's tenth race at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $15k claiming pace. The son of Rambaran stormed off the wings from post eight and never looked back, living up to his 1/2 billing. He has now won nine races in 2014. He was driven by George Napolitano, who had two wins on the card. He was claimed for the second consecutive race, this time by Brenda Ellingsworth. Woodmere Ultimate closed mildly for place, while pocket sitter Odds on Demi-Queue finished third. by Mike Bozich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
Burke Racing and Weaver Bruscemi's Continual Velocity was sharp in her victory in a Winners Over $25k lifetime for Fillies and Mares at Harrah's Philly on Saturday afternoon. Starting from post 7, she left aggressively off the wings of the starting gate, only to find herself in a contested early pace. She didn't clear until just after a 54.2 half mile. She survived a first over challenge from Betsy Ross entrant JK Letitgo, and went on to win in 1:50.4. A 6-year-old daughter of Real Artist, Continual Velocity was driven by Anthony Morgan, who along with Marcus Miller had three wins on the card. by Mike Bovich, for Harrah's Philadelphia
CHESTER, PA - Mike Bozich has been named the new announcer at Harrah's Philadelphia. Bozich is best known for the 10 years he spent at Hazel Park. He begins his Harrah's Philadelphia career on Friday March 28th when the 2014 season gets underway with a first post of 12:40 p.m., the 2014 schedule will run through Sunday, December 14. from Harrah's Philadelphia Race Office -end-
The $100,000 William C. Connors Memorial Trot for 3-year-olds was raced on a steamy night at Hazel Park Raceway in suburban Detroit. A field of six faced starter Adam Brownlee, including the new harness racing track record holder and favorite, Turtle Express.