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08:48 AM 16 Apr 2021 NZST
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CHESTER, PA - Two of the three harness racing winners in the featured trots at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday overcame the outside post seven - a starting spot that had been 1-for-60 in the first six days of 2021 racing here - to record impressive victories.

Top purse event was a $12,800 contest for developing horses, and the Lionhunter gelding Banzai As reduced his record to 1:56 in defeating pacesetting favorite Rose Run Vincent by a length.

Driver Tim Tetrick had to go the tough tuck-then-first-over trip with the Annette Lorentzon trainee, but Banzai As showed himself capable of going on despite the hard journey for the ownership of ACL Stuteri AB.



In one of two $11,600 co-features for fast-class trotters, the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable went over a half million dollars in career earnings when he posted a 1:54.2 victory for trainer Todd Buter and the partnership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs.

With regular driver Tyler Buter not present, the horse's braintrust turned to driver David Miller - who won with him the last time Tyler wasn't present, on December 4 at The Meadowlands - and the Hall of Famer guided the winner of $500,436 to the lead after an early wide battle and kept him rolling to defeat late-closing Chaptiama by 1¾ lengths.

In the other $11,600 fast-class trot, the E L Titan gelding Hayek, who started from post four in his six-horse field, rode a pocket trip behind Sylvesteramericait, then easily overhauled that one by 2½ lengths while taking a new mark of 1:53.2, a tick lower than his former best of last year when he set the all-age track mark at Ontario's Grand River Raceway.

Joe Bongiorno, here for his only work of the duty with Hayek, made the old handicapping "single-drive" theory stand up as the favorite in guiding him for trainer/sister Jennifer Bongiorno and the partnership of Evan Katz, David Rovine Stable LLC, and Frank Canzone.

Prompted by a carryover of $3,017.50, the Friday (April 16) Pick-5 pool at Harrah's Philadelphia will be guaranteed at $10,000.

The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Pick-5 sequence will be available on the USTA website.

The Pick-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia is a 50-cent base wager spanning races five through nine daily, and it offers a low 18% takeout.

For full race results, click here.

From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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