Day At The Track

Vettel N leads Bongiorno triple

12:36 PM 26 Oct 2020 NZDT
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CHESTER, PA -- A 1:50.1 score from Vettel N ($6.20) in Sunday afternoon's $14,400 top-level pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia was the cornerstone of a hat trick for the sister-brother harness racing team of trainer Jenn Bongiorno and driver Joe Bongiorno.

The 7-year-old American Ideal gelding sealed off the pocket behind early pacesetter Beach Boogie (Simon Allard) when the gate sprung, and then angled out to seize command at the end of a :27.2 first quarter. From there, Vettel N traveled virtually uncontested through middle splits of :55.2 and 1:22.3 -- only having to contend with a mild first-over challenge from Shneonucrzydiamnd A (Montrell Teague) on approach to the far turn.

After parrying that first foe, Vettel N found himself in the crosshairs of 6-5 favorite Itsrockandroll A (Corey Callahan) off the home turn. Vettel N rose to that challenge as well, prevailing by a diminishing half length while driven out. Itsrockandroll A was a strong second, another half length better than Beach Boogie, who rode the pocket for third.

Jenn and Joe Bongiorno co-own 24-time winner Vettel N with Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine.

The Bongiornos also won with Alex Tye ($2.20, 1:51.3) and Peace Out Posse ($4.00, 1:50.1).

Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras teamed up for three wins on the 14-race card as well, accounting for Semi Tough ($3.40, 1:51), Pyro ($4.60, 1:51.1) and Ginger Tree Marty ($3.80, 1:52).

Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28). The 15-race card will be led by a half-dozen John Simpson Memorial divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings, the final stakes events of the 2020 meet. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.

by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia

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