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McWicked makes his 2015 debut

02:32 PM 27 Jul 2015 NZST
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McWicked - Nice debut run for the 2015 season
McWicked - Nice debut run for the 2015 season

It was the 2015 debut for multi-stakes winner McWicked in the featured event at the harness racing meeting at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (July 26), an open pace going for a purse of $30,000.

After back-to-back qualifiers at The Meadowlands, the now 4-year-old son of McArdle was coming off of a memorable 3-year-old campaign, including capturing the Breeder's Crown in late November.

The favorite coming in however was The Jerry Taylor Invitational winner Great Vintage.

The 30-time winner took 2 of his last 3 coming in, with the latest victory overcoming the 8 hole against open company at Yonkers.

Great Vintage (Scott Zeron) wasted no time getting into gear, leaving aggressively from post 4 securing the front end.

The 7-year-old son of American Ideal set fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:22.1.

McWicked (Dave Miller) took back at the start from post 7, taking up third over position. In the stretch, Great Vintage was able to get away, building an insurmountable lead, holding off the fast closing McWicked by two lengths in the end.

The final time was 1:50.1. Great Vintage is now 5 for 8 in the win column this season, for the owning group of Takter, Fielding, Anderberg, and Falk.

In other news, millionaire trotter Sevruga (Andy Miller) overcame a second tier starting spot to prevail in a winner's over $25,000 lifetime trot going for a purse of $24,000.

The 7-year-old son of SJ's Caviar was able to grind first over to narrowly defeat the front stepping My Love Bi (George Napolitano Jr.), winning by a head in 1:54.3.

Favorite DW's NY Yank (Matt Kakaley) overcame an early break to finish third.

It was the 35th career win for Sevruga, who is owned by Joe P Racing and trained by Julie Miller.

Michael Bozich

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