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CHESTER, PA - Gold Orchid N handled a stepup in class to keep her North American record perfect after five starts, winning a $14,500 high-level conditioned distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday in 1:52. Fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind the victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight, and they couldn't have enjoyed a better journey. Delightful Dragon grabbed the lead early and passed the ¼ in 27, but JK Jazzitup was soon on the go and took over the lead by the 56.1 half, with Terror At Night starting the outer tier uncovered and Gold Orchid N right behind her. After a battle on the front end resulted in a ¾ clocking of 1:23.4, Terror At Night had forged a short lead by headstretch, but Gold Orchid N still had plenty in the tank and went on to post a 1½-length victory over Terror At Night, with third-over Ella Christina coming on for third, another 1¼ lengths back. Mark Harder trains the "ceiling unlimited" mare for BAMQ LLC. Unusually for "Filly and Mare Friday" at Philly, the top purse event of the day was a trot, a $16,000 contest won by a male, as the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini equaled his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 over a track that had been rerated to "sloppy" after a hard rain about an hour earlier. Mr Houdini worked out a pocket trip, but looked like he wouldn't shake free in enough time to catch Girl Talk, who had swept wide off cover to the midstretch lead. "Houdini" and driver Brett Miller escaped from the box in just enough time to produce a surge that got him home first by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. There's no question that trainer Mike Dowdall and driver Brett Miller are the "go-to" team at Philly for longshot tallies, as they clicked again in the first race with Cinder Rita ($79.40) - the fourth time at the meet the pair have produced a $50+ winner. Dowdall's quartet of bombers puts him far ahead of other conditioners - no other trainer has more than one! - while Miller's seventh overall $50+ horse ties him for the meet lead with Eric Carlson in that category. Race one also went to the top in longshot production - a longshot led the card for the sixth time in the meet, breaking a tie with races six and ten. (In case you were wondering, races five and fourteen have yet to see a $50+ win payoff.) Tim Tetrick won four races Friday, reducing George Napolitano Jr.'s lead in the seasonlong driving standings to 218-213. Cat Manzi won the first dashwinning drivers title at Philly, and since then it has either been Napolitano (six times, including the last four) or Tetrick (five times) on top. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Tymal Reign set most of the pace in the $14,500 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, but the pocketsitting Ameliosi had inside room and from mid stretch ... inched ... up ... with ... every ... stride ... and ... finally ... nipped the winner in the final few feet, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. Ameliosi, a daughter of Explosive Matter trained by Jenny Melander for owner John Devito, took command on the first turn, hung favored Tymal Reign past the 27.3 quarter and was thereafter content to sit behind that one through the middle splits of 56.1 and 1:25.2. The winner kept on grinding just inside the pacesetter, and just did get by by the shortest of margins under the urging of Marcus Miller, on a day when quick last quarters were not to be found. There were a pair of $14,000 co-features, one on each gait. On the trot, the finish may have been even closer than in the feature, as the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding American Steele set the pace, holding off closing favorite Dunsinane Hall by no more than a couple of inches. A win is a win, and this win in 1:57.2 was a lifetime mark for American Steele, who was kept rolling to the wire by the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., for trainer Rob Harmon and the partnership of Harmon Racing Stable LLC and Harvey Eisman. The pace was taken by Western Showgirl, who posted only her second career win, yet broke $50,000 in lifetime earnings, shedding her previous 29-1-14-7 "bridesmaid" pattern by winning in 1:57.1. Owner/trainer Ray Barnes sent her on a first-over mission, opened a good-sized lead when the pacesetter gave way midturn, then maintained a safe 1½-length margin to the wire with the Western Ideal mare. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Muscle Massive sophomore harness racing gelding Jackie's Jim, trainer Neal Ehrhart, and driver George Napolitano Jr. continued their recent "in-form" style, combining to win the $16,000 featured trot on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2. Napolitano, who swept the first four races en route to five victories on the day, reserved Jackie's Jim off the early pace, then sent him uncovered before the half. He showed sharp acceleration to make the lead at the 5/8, then opened up just enough ground on two rivals who had been caught inside when he powered to the lead, Lindsey's Pride and Presidential Zette, who dead-heated for second, a neck behind the winner, who recorded his third straight victory. Ehrhart, clicking at a 24% rate since October 19, trains the winner for Virginia Ehrhart, Leta Deatrick, and Jacqueline Dobson. In the $14,000 pacing co-feature, Tony Morgan sent the Bettor's Delight sophomore gelding Bettor Than Spring to the lead past the quarter and held sway the rest of the way, but the winner had to be game to withstand the late burst of 40-1 shot Gideon Seelster by a neck in triumphing in 1:55.1. Bettor Than Spring has now won three of four trips behind the gate since pairing with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Triple D Stables Inc. In the $14,000 trotting co-feature Wednesday, the Conway Hall sophomore gelding Flyhawk El Diablo took advantage of the "eligible at time of entry" rule after winning his last start, making it two straight while equaling the lifetime mark of 1:57.2 that he notched in his last race. Andrew McCarthy guided the winner to the lead going under the wire the first time, and the pair had more than enough to keep pocketsitting First Class Act in arrears by 2¾ lengths under the wire the second time for owner/trainer James DeLucia. The early move to command also was a successful route for the Majestic Son mare Majestic Presence, who handled a $12,500 fast-class field in 1:55.4. Marcus Miller got away with a relaxed 58.4 half, then sprinted home in 57 with the winner of $180,310 to be 1¼ lengths of pocketsitting Royal Surprise for aunt/trainer Julie Miller and owner Kapildeo Singh. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were four divisions of the "non-winners 4 races lifetime" condition going for $15,000 each as the top purse events on the Tuesday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Two of them were on the pace, with a favorite and a second choice taking the big end of the purse, and two were on the trot, where form took a bit of a holiday. The pacers hit the track first, and in the initial event for that gait Captain Deo, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $1.9M-winning mare Worldly Beauty, justified his favoritism with a dominating 2¾ length tally for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Tony Alagna, and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, and Captain Deo Partners. Captain Deo won on the engine in 1:51.1, which included a 30 second quarter in the second split - meaning in the other 3/4s Captain Deo flashed 1:21.1 speed. In the other pacing section, a distaff event, Saratoga invader Northern Swift equaled her lifetime mark of 1:53.3, overcoming a first-over journey for driver Matt Kakaley (who led the drivers' colony on Tuesday with four wins), trainer Jean Drolet, and the ownership of Funky Munky Stable LLC and Marthe Drolet. The victorious daughter of Mach Three won by 1¾ lengths over pocketsitting Don't Mach Mia, who photoed out favored Covfefe, who had set most of the pace, for second. On the trot, perhaps it was appropriate on Election Day that one of the winners would be QB Kemp, a Triumphant Caviar sophomore gelding named after the former pro football player turned politician. QB Kemp hung in there like a beleaguered quarterback or determined officeseeker, setting the pace while keeping favored Northern Major on the rim, yet still winning by two lengths while lowering his mark by two seconds to 1:56.1 as a 9-1 shot for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and Harmon Racing Stable LLC. A $21.00 win price, however, pales next to the $72.40 for $2 generated by the winner of the other featured trot, Nice Stuff. The Yankee Glide four-year-old mare, who started from the rail, got a literal break when a foe went offstride past the half, advanced to the pocket under the guidance of driver Tom Jackson, then rallied in the lane for a length win in 1:56.2. Acquired by trainer Bucky Angle and the ownership of Howard and Joshua Kaufman at the end of the summer, Nice Stuff now has won two of her last three starts after going 3-for-62 before her acquisition, and her surprise triumph here generated a $1295.00 1-4 exacta with 20-1 Campbellini, a single 50-cent 1-4-9 winning Trifecta ticket worth over $2900 with 21-1 Broadway Bruiser third, and a single 10-cent Superfecta ticket on a "1-4-9-all" payout also in the $2900 neighborhood. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Charmed Life boosted her lifetime earnings to $1,445,137 in winning the $17,500 featured harness racing trot at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:53.2 on Sunday night, and she did it in an unusual fashion for the mountain oval - she picked up the entire field from last. Driver Simon Allard, sulkysitting for brother/Pocono top trainer Rene, had drawn the outside post seven after a scratch, and was in no hurry with the veteran daughter of Majestic Son until down the backstretch, when he made a power three-wide move around stalled cover. Charmed Life had drawn within a length of the battling front duo, leader Crosbys Clam Bake and uncovered Silvermass Volo, by the top of the stretch, and she have enough kick in reserve to drew clear by 1¾ lengths over Crosbys Clam Bake, with Silvermass Volo another length back in third behind the winner, who is owned by Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and VIP Internet Stable LLC. There was a trio of $17,000 co-features on the Sunday card, and Pocono's top driver George Napolitano Jr. won both of the paces among the six victorious horses he guided on the evening. Mink Pink, sitting third on the rail entering the final turn, found a hole and Napolitano swung her wide in the distaff pace, with the American Ideal filly charging home swiftly to win by ¾ of a length in 1:52.1 for trainer Chris Oakes and Crawford Farms Racing. Napolitano, who has a frontracing style that usually works effectively at Pocono, also took the division for males from off the pace, and about as far off the pace as you can - last at the half after starting from the rail. But the Bettor's Delight gelding Bellows Binge had the necessary late step to catch 25-1 pacesetter Uffizi by a neck while stopping the timer in 1:52.3 for trainer Dirk Simpson and the ownership of Peter Karras and the Dirk Simpson Stable Inc. Lest anybody thinks that the Pocono oval had been totally converted from the speedfavoring track it had been on the Saturdays of Breeders Crown competition, a frontrunner did win the co-featured trot, which also fell to trainer Chris Oakes, but a different driving Napolitano - Anthony, who put a new mark of 1:53.1 on the Chapter Seven filly Eunice. "ANap" and Eunice controlled the pace and the sophomore won by almost seven lengths, her third straight triumph for Crawford Farms Racing (another feature doubler), Northfork Racing Stable, and the T L P Stable. And if anybody is trying to read the political tea leaves before the next Pocono card on Election Day Tuesday evening (the track is dark on Monday in November), we note the victory of Make America Great, a son of So Surreal, who took a maiden event. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Dreams Beachboy made it two straight over The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono's oval, and four wins while not missing the board in his last eight starts, with a 1:51.2 victory in the $21,500 pacing feature on Saturday night. The track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., worked out a pocket trip behind the pacesetting Sprinter N, while the latter, after getting to the quarter in 26.4, belied his name by resting to the half in 56.2. Down the backstretch first-over Music Is Art made life tougher on the leader, necessitating a 1:23.3 breaking of the beam at the ¾ pole, and the extra expenditure of energy helped set up the late rally of Dreams Beachboy, who won by a half-length over the tough Music Is Art, with Sprinter N another neck back in third. Trainer Deborah Burnet is 2-for-2 at Pocono this year, both with the victorious winner of $242,784, for Crawford Farms Racing. George Napolitano Jr.'s brother Anthony won the co-featured $16,000 claiming handicap pace, the night's opener, with the Bettor's Delight gelding The Onlyest One in 1:52.4. The winner visited Victory Lane for the twelfth time this season, backing out to follow cover from his third-in position, then catching pacesetting That Man Of Mine and pocketsitting Wick N by a neck, with the last two-named deadheating for the deuce. Laurie Patistas owns and trains The Onlyest One. There are only six more cards left in the 2018 Pocono Downs season: the following Sundays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays, as Mondays will go dark for the remaining seasonal action, which concludes November 17. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

Chester, PA — The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association seeks qualified applicants for Communications & Marketing Manager. The full time, salaried position reports to the Executive Director and Board of Directors. The ideal candidate for this highly entrepreneurial role is a motivated self-starter possessing a minimum of five years of experience in marketing/advertising/communications/business with progressively increasing responsibilities. Experience in — and genuine enthusiasm for — horse racing, equine-related industries or sports and wagering are preferred but not required. For a detailed job listing including required qualifications/experience and instructions on how to apply, please visit www.phha.org/careers. The deadline for applying is Friday (Nov. 30). by Ed Kobesky, for the PHHA

CHESTER, PA - The up-and-coming horses in the "non-winners of five races lifetime" classification were featured at Harrah's Philadelphia this afternoon (and into the twilight, complementing the first day of the Breeders Cup), with a pair of $16,000 contests. The first was for distaff pacers, and it fell to the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Zutopia in 1:53.3. George Napolitano Jr. sent the sophomore to the top in a 27.2 quarter, then yielded to the favorite Sarpa Hanover as she brushed to command early, hitting the middle splits in 56.3 and 1:24.4, at the latter station being joined by first-over Danikova. Through the stretch Napolitano used the inside space to rally Zutopia, with her biggest stretch challenge coming from Painted Lady, who also shot the inside then had to alter outside and finished swiftly between horses to come up a length shy. Danikova was third, a half-length behind Painted Lady and a half-length ahead of Sarpa Hanover. Zutopia, now a 5-time winner this year, is trained by Tom Cancelliere for his brother John. The track lightning had been turned on by the time the second feature, which was for trotters, went gateward, and Exarch justified the fans' 2-5 favoritism of him with a win in 1:56.2, but he had to be good late to answer a challenge for pocketsitting Armageddon Seelster. The latter was actually on top early before yielding to the chalk in 28.4, and the favorite then put up middle clockings of 59 and 1:27.4. With the relative easy fractions under the guidance of Tony Morgan, it looked like Exarch might be all but home, but Armageddon Seelster gave him a good argument through the lane before finishing second, a neck back. Ron Burke conditions the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In a $14,500 conditioned pacers for more seasoned pacing females, Gold Orchid N remained undefeated in four U.S. starts, lowering her Stateside mark to 1:51.2. The daughter of Bettor's Delight got away second and left a huge hole most of the way as pacesetter Diamondtoothgertie set fractions of 27.4, 56, and 1:23.4, but driver Dexter Dunn had the four-year-old Kiwi mare in high gear at the last-named station, quickly overhauled the pacesetter on the turn, and drew off to a 4½ length victory over Brazuca, who raced inside and had a head on the wire over Nike Franco N, who had gapped throughout the race but was flying late. Gold Orchid N now has six wins in but 21 career starts, with more successes likely in the near future. She is owned by BAMQ Inc., which consists of Barry Freeman, Andrew Steiger, and trainer Mark Harder (the Q is a question mark). Not only did Milady Denver A provide the biggest price of the afternoon when she took the twelfth contest at a $56.60 mutuel for driver Pat Berry, she also provided Guatemala native Fredi Herrera his first-ever training victory. With only six starts since he got his license, all with the winner, Herrera now sports a 372% profit ratio for his backers. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The veteran Crazed gelding Crazy About Pat pushed his lifetime earnings to $833,750 with a 1:54.2 victory in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Eric Carlson settled in second early with the winner behind fast-starting Ameliosi, then made a move topward by the 27.4 half. Middle splits of 57 and 1:25.2 were hung up, and when no outer tier action materialized, Ameliosi proved to be the main competition, but Crazy About Pat kept him at bay by a solid 2¼ lengths. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera is the owner/trainer of Crazy About Pat. It may surprise some non-Mid-Atlantic fans to learn that Garcia-Herrera is within the top six trainers at Yonkers, Pocono, and Philadelphia, where he sits second in the table to Ron Burke. He is also sixth in North America, with Crazy About Pat the 200th winner from the barn this year. There were a pair of $14,500 trotting co-features on the card, with Carlson also victorious in one of them, handling the Cam's Rocket sophomore gelding What That Is in a 1:56.1 triumph. One of Maryland's top colts the last couple years, What That Is swung wide from third-over and ran down a game Le Tissier, who had taken over in the stretch after going first-over, by three parts of a length for trainer Kerry Welty and owner Brian Emerson. In the other co-feature, 2017 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper got the first win of his sophomore campaign, going to the lead near the quarter for driver David Miller and then holding off potential pocket rocket Tymal Reign by ¾ of a length to win in 1:55. Despite the paucity of seasonal successes, the Donato Hall colt has still banked $106,370 this year and $363,259 lifetime for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. FINISHING LINES - Because of the galloping activity in Kentucky associated with the two-day Breeders Cup championships, post time at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday will be 2:05 p.m. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - When archrival Bettor Trix N was scratched from the $17,000 distaff featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, the A Rocknroll Dance filly Scuola Hanover looked like she would have fairly smooth sailing to her fifth straight harness racing victory. But the favorite came up short in the stretch, and Jaye's A Lady sprang a $23.40 upset for driver Andy Miller in 1:52.3. Big City Betty gunned away to the lead in 26.2 despite the outside post seven; early pocketsitter Cuts Like A Knife moved and gained the lead well before the cutthroat 54.3 half. Scuola Hanover led the outer tier, with Jaye's A Lady and Believe In Me behind her, and when Big City Betty tired from her early efforts, Scuola Hanover was able to tuck into the pocket before the blistering 1:22.2 3/4s. Jaye's A Lady, covered to this point, grinded up to take the lead in the lane, then held off Believe In Me by a half-length, with Cuts Like A Knife another length back and a neck ahead of Scuola Hanover. The victory was the first of the year for the McArdle mare after a $100,000+ season turned in during 2017. Nancy Johansson trains the winner for Caviart Farms. The Camluck gelding Feeling Cam Lucky turned in the fastest mile of the day in a $12,500 pace for driver George Napolitano Jr., going wire-to-wire in 1:50.4, but it's just as likely that people were talking about the second-place finisher afterward. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Duplicated N, another of the "New Zealand pipeline horses" for Team King/Looney King/Poillucci of Shartin N fame, got away second-last from his outside starting position, was ten lengths out at the half, then negotiated his own back half in 53.4 while also shifting stretch course to avoid the drifting winner to finish second, beaten 1¼ lengths. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who owns and trains Feeling Cam Lucky, had three conditioning wins on the day, using three different drivers. Tim Tetrick topped the sulkysitters with a trio of successes. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The annual Grey Ghost and Poltergeist Pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Tuesday night (with Halloween Wednesday being a dark day on the schedule) attracted two gray horses, a white horse, and two roans for its 2018 edition. Getting his picture taken after the race was the sophomore roan colt Marc Mellow Man, who shaved over six seconds off his mark by posting a 1:54 victory. Marc Mellow Man, in rein to Tyler Buter, was the only horse not to put in a serious move in the first quarter of the race, which was reached in 26.1. The top was eventually claimed by 2-5 favorite Gypsy Leather, who cut middle fractions of 55.1 and 1:24.2 with White Rolls in behind him and $240,000 yearling purchase White Bliss on the outside pressing. Nearing the far turn Gotta Love Him moved outside and then three-wide off cover to join the main action. All this time the victorious son of Marced Card sat last, and he still was out four lengths nearing midstretch. But the constant battling took its toll on his foes, and Marc Mellow Man had only to swing wide for Buter and pace a strong last 1/16 to win going away by ¾ of a length. It was the 10th victory in the three-year-old's career, but his first at a pari-mutuel track, as owners Duane, Connie, and Roger Roland had raced him on their native Iowa fair circuit, then sent him east to trainer Rob Harmon - who all combined to with Marc Mellow Man at $46.00 as the longest shot on the board. Top purse event during Tuesday's action at The Downs was a $17,500 pace for fillies and mares, and Eclipse Me N was back in comfortable environs, which she celebrated with a 1:51.3 victory. Having been on the road at Hoosier and Batavia recently, and having been beaten here against tougher stock than she faced on this night, the victorious daughter of Real Desire posted her third straight win at this conditioned level, overcoming a first-over journey to win by three lengths. Simon Allard handled the winner of $185,119 for trainer/brother Rene and the ownership of Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Donald Mac Rae. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Fans trying to solve the $13,000 featured pace on Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono had a hard time in their deciding - one horse was sent away at 2-1, with three others at 5-2. That quartet finished 1-2-3-4, with the winner being the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore gelding Record Machine in 1:54 over a "good" track. Record Machine got the jump on his field early, moving to the lead after the 27.2, then getting a big-time breather to the 57.4 half. From there he was able to sprint home for driver Eric Carlson in 56.2, downing Bag Pipe Major by a length, with Atomic Seelster third and Just My Kinda Guy (the lukewarm 2-1 favorite) fourth. Gilbert Garcia-Owen trains the winenr of $65,775 this season for his father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. The meet's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., had three sulky successes on the card; his brother Anthony, Matt Kakaley, and Ãke Svanstedt each had a brace. From the PHHA / Pocono Downs  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley, who had a terrific Breeders Crown Championship night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Saturday, didn't go off and celebrate at Disneyworld or anything like that - they were right back at the mountain oval on Sunday night and teamed for three winners, including the Cantab Hall gelding Elysium Lindy, who took the $21,500 trotting feature in 1:54. Kakaley hustled the winner of $289,035 to the lead past a 27.2 opener, rated the half to 56.4 and sped things up to still lead at the penultimate pole in 1:24.4. Race favorite Charmed Life, who had had no luck trying to come from behind against an anti-closer bias in her Breeders Crown elim last week, came on a ton in the stretch but wound up a nose behind the winenr, who is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and Joseph Di Scala Jr. Another pairing who had a great Breeders Crown night - driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes--won the following contest after the featured trot; next in line was the $16,000 featured pace on the card, which was taken by another member of Team Oakes - 20-year-old Hunter Oakes, who scored his first driving victory in only his second start when he won behind the $715,307 winner Polak A in 1:51.1. Both father Chris and son Hunter rank among the top five trainers at The Downs. And we apologize in advance to our Down Under friends, but it is a news story of sorts that Lazurus won at Pocono on Sunday in 1:55.4. That would be the trotter Lazurus - not the Australasian star pacer Lazarus N, who had no luck in the Breeders Crown Open Pace the night before. Matt Kakaley also drove Lazurus, and in fact wound up the night with five victories. BREEDERS CROWN NITE QUIKSTAT SUMMARY - Seven of the twelve favorites emerged victorious - but then again, so did Lily Stride ($65.40) and Percy Blue Chip ($106.00) ... They, by the way, were the only two winners who were parked out at the ¾ call, with Lily Stride ducking inside and Percy Blue Chip going wide at headstretch: seven of the other ten were on the lead at the 3/4s, and the other three were in the pocket ... Contrast that fact with the fact that only three of the winners were on top at the ¼ -- in fact, three of the winners made moves from fifth or worse at the quarter to the lead at the half! From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - With Harrah's Philadelphia being dark for live racing this coming Sunday afternoon, after the Breeders Crown Championships at sister PHHA track Pocono the night before, the southeast Pennsylvania oval was able to stage a power-packed card for the short week's finale, with the $18,000 featured pacing classes for both "the girls" and "the boys" appearing on the Friday's program. It was "ladies first" in the chronological race presentation, and the other distaffs chased a very tough winner in the form of the McArdle mare Lispatty, who won her second straight local start in emphatic fashion. Eric Carlson, who joined with Yannick Gingras in having three victories to lead the day's drivers (Gingras' triple all for trainer Ron Burke), sent Lispatty straight to the front, and after a 27.4 quarter, the winner of $634,265 "stole" the half in 57.2 - ensuring she would be tough to catch. In fact, from there she sprinted the third quarter in 27.4 to hit the pole into the far turn in 1:25.1, then really ignited the afterburners, opening a five length lead at the stretch call and finishing out in 26.4 to remain clear of second-place Nike Franco N. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera conditions the fast mare for his son, owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The feature event for the males figured to be a wide-open event, with the Mach Three gelding Sprinter N accorded slight morning-line favoritism at 7-2. And Sprinter N did indeed live up to his name and the early backing, winning on the engine in 1:50.2 for driver Marcus Miller - but as the third choice. The second choice Cruise Patrol rode in the pocket behind fractions of 27.1, 55, and 1:22.1, with the winner actually headed by race favorite and first-over Abraxas Blues A at the latter station. But the Aussie faded after challenging the Kiwi, and in the end it was Cruise Patrol who proved the biggest threat to Sprinter N, but he could get no close than 1 ½ lengths behind at the wire. Ross Croghan conditions the winner, now with earnings of $98,350 this year and $297,482 in his career, for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - A trio of $14,500 contests headlined the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the final division producing the fastest winner and giving driver Tim Tetrick victories in the final two of the three features. Patent Leather, a Broadway Hall sophomore colt who had won a division of the Liberty Bell stake here in September, went in 1:53.3 to win the third cut of Thursday's top class for Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC (the last two teaming for their second victory on the card). Patent Leather came his own last half in 56.2 uncovered, but needed to go all of that to hold off the resurgent Majestic Presence by a length to send his earnings to $176,314 this season and $254,306 lifetime. The recent French import Very Very Fast had been very very unlucky in his last two attempts to leave the starting gate quickly, getting hung out the mile both times. But today he faced only five rivals, and despite the outermost six-slot he was able to get to the front and commanded the second group from there, a half-length ahead of pocketsitter Bands Houdini at the finish in 1:56. Tetrick guided the gelded son of Quero, who now has combined earnings of $368,123 on both sides of the Atlantic, for trainer Robert Bresnahan, who is also co-owner along with Tom Sulkowski, Richard Vecchio, and Richard Lombardo. Lily's Swan Pond, allowed to go off at 8-1 despite finishing second at a higher level at Yonkers just six days ago, overcame a first-over journey to win in 1:55.3, just a tick off his life mark, in the first of the tri-headliners. Brett Miller got a 57.2 individual back half out of the Swan For All gelding as they defeated pocketsitter Celebrity Pegasus by a half-length, boosting his 2018 earnings to $119,576 and his career accumulation to $351,513 for trainer Nick Surick and the Second Chance Stable Inc. David Miller led all drivers with three victories on Thursday; Tetrick, Dexter Dunn, Tony Morgan, and George Napolitano Jr. each had a double FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will not have live racing this Sunday, so the Friday week-ending card at the riverside oval has the feature horses from two days: the top fillies and mares, and the best of the fast-class set. It should provide enjoyable and competitive action tomorrow, starting at 12:25 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Scuola Hanover won her fourth straight race, and took archrival Bettor Trix N from the ranks of the unbeaten on U.S. shores, in taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:52. Big City Betty and Miss Hill got away 1-2 in the featured field of eight, with the former passing the first two poles in 27.3 and 56.2. Bettor Trix N, who had won all four of her east coast starts and was the 6-5 second choice, started uncovered down the backstretch, with the 1-2 favorite Scuola Hanover enjoyed a perfect cover trip past the 1:24.2 3/4s and into the stretch. The A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly proved the strongest in the latter stages, with a personal last split of 27.4 putting her two lengths clear of Big City Betty at the finish; Miss Hill was another neck back in third and ¾ of a length ahead of Bettor Trix N. Scuola Hanover had passed the $200,000 career earnings marker with her previous win, in a division of the Simpson Stake at Philly, and this victory now boosts her earnings to $215,798 for trainer Andrew Stafford, who is also co-owner with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. David Miller recorded his third victory of the afternoon behind the winner. Harrah's Philadelphia had had two cards out of its first 111 this year where two winners paid $50 or more - with Wednesday's racing, it's now added on two more in the last six. First on the longshot brigade Wednesday was Let's Roll, who showed competitiveness in good company but still was allowed to escape at 34-1, whereupon driver Brett Miller got her home off a second-over trip to return $70.80. Brett now has six $50+ winners at the meet, one behind the leader Eric Carlson, with whom he is tied wth two $100+ winners. The other bomber pilot on the Wednesday card was Dexter Dunn, who rallied Lexi Tee from third inside to catch 2-5 favorite Trix Are For Kids while paying back $2 win tickets with $59.40. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will be dark for live racing this Sunday afternoon, October 28, following the night before where there will be some good racing 100 miles north up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

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