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CHESTER PA - A trio of $11,200 harness racing features for horses on the way up the class ladder was the post-Thanksgiving headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday afternoon. Two of the three top races were for trotters, and most eye-catching was the Father Patrick sophomore filly Context, who ran her record to 2 for 3 under the tutelage of Anette Lorentzon with a 1:54.4 victory while overcoming post eight. Main contender Heat Wave Hanover stole off to a good lead nearing the three-quarter pole, but Tim Tetrick got all the speed he needed for his charge, as she came the back half to take a new mark for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Jorgen Jahre Jr. The other top trot winner also earned a new speed badge upon coming to town, as the Cantab Hall three-year-old gelding Hall It Off won in 1:56.3 without any late difficulty. Hall It Off broke in his first start for trainer Bill Mullin, also co-owner with Carver Racing LLC, but in this second outing all systems were "go," with Marcus Miller handling the sulky duties. In the top-purse pacing event, General Ward took his third straight win in commanding fashion, going to the lead just past the quarter for driver Tim Tetrick, then stepping home in :56 to stay clear of closing Rockin Medicine in a 1:52.4 mile. The horse came to the local scene at the start in November for trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stables Inc., Michael Farro, and M G Stable Inc., and he seems destined for better things in the near future. The $10,000 top fast-class pace saw the Bettor's Delight gelding Bellow Binge enjoy getting away from high-priced claimers, moving early to the lead around frontstepper Vapour N, then holding that one off by a length in 1:51.1 under David Miller's guidance. Bellows Binge was claimed for $25,000 on September 25 by owner Chelsey Faurot and trainer Clay Faurot Jr., and since then they have seen the tough veteran earn $22,640 back towards his purchase price. Tim Tetrick won five races to lead the driving colony; Gilbert Garcia-Owen picked up a training triumph and now trails Ron Burke by only a 88-87 margin in a battle for winningest conditioner that should be back-and-forth in the remaining month of the meet. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - With Harrah's Philadelphia not presenting a live program on Thanksgiving Thursday afternoon, the trotters and the pacing mares both got turns in the racing spotlight, with each group having a $12,800 feature and an $11,600 co-feature. In the $12,800 events for "non-winners of 5 races," the trotters were led by the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Arclight Hanover, who rewarded the bettors who made him the favorite by sweeping wide on the far turn and going off to a 1¾ length victory over Andela in 1:56.3 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Mark Harder, the latter co-owner with Deena Frost and Emma Petterson.   The Bettor's Delight mare Iron Mistress proved most photogenic in a three-way photo to take the top pacing purse and also a new mark of 1:52.3 for owner/trainer/driver Ray Baynes. Pacesetting Somebeachsomefra was engaged by first pocketpulling favorite Wayside and then by the winner up the inside; the right-hand foe she handled, but her left-handed opponent she could not withstand. In the pacing $11,600 fast-class contest, My Kiwi Lady N, a frequent winner at the Running Aces meet but off the board twice since coming east, stormed down the center of the track in posting a career best 1:51.3 for trainer/driver Chris Scicluna, a length to the good of Crazy Cute. Vinny Ginsburg, the driver of the $94.00 upsetter, is now tied with Simon Allard and David Miller in having guided three such "bombers" during the 2020 Philly action. Driver Yannick Gingras returned to Victory Lane after the trotting co-feature with the Yankee Glide gelding Max, who was solid in a 1:54 wire-to-wire victory to make him a winner of $227,156. Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC share ownership in the winner with Frank Baldachino; for trainer Ron Burke, the win was his 78th of the season at Philly. That total currently gives Burke a two-win cushion over Gilbert Garcia-Owen as he attempts to complete his first "Pennsylvania triple": Ron won the training title at Pocono for the first time this year, and he has a giant lead at The Meadows. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. — Veteran campaigner Dealt A Winner ($6.80) overcame a post eight dispatch and held his ground while under siege late to take Sunday's (Nov. 22) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 upper-level conditioned pace. Dealt A Winner and driver Yannick Gingras were strung out a bit by 2-1 favorite Rock The Town (Anthony Napolitano) through a :27.3 first quarter, but cleared for sole control of the terms with well over a circuit to go. After pulling the half back a touch to :55.3, the 8-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding capably held his ground to stave off a late push up the open stretch from runner-up Rock The Town, who only missed Dealt A Winner's 1:51.2 mile by a neck. Thatswhatisaid N (Daniel Dubé) sustained a first-over grind through the final three-eighths of the mile to finish third, missing by just a half length.   Ron Burke trains 27-time winner Dealt A Winner for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. The win was his second in a row and his sixth of the season. Todd McCarthy led all drivers with three wins on the 14-race program. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 25), with a $2,769.87 carryover buoying the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 offered in the fifth race. Post time for the first of 14 races is 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, PA. -- Horsemen are advised of an altered draw schedule for the upcoming week of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia, on account of the Thanksgiving holiday. The schedule is as follows: Draw Day - Race Day Monday, Nov. 23 - Friday, Nov. 27 Tuesday, Nov. 24 - Sunday, Nov. 29 Friday, Nov. 27 - Wednesday, Dec. 2 Saturday, Nov. 28 - Thursday, Dec. 3 Entries close at 9 a.m. EST each day. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

CHESTER, PA -- A trio of $11,200 harness racing events for up-and-coming younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, served as the headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. On the pace, General Ward tucked third early and stayed inside, then found room midturn and overhauled the favored pacesetter Rockin The Blaze by three-quarters of a length. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore came home in :55.2 to post a lifetime mark of 1:52.2. A recent addition to the barn of trainer Scott Di Domenico, the gelding has now won two straight, with Tim Tetrick driving for Triple D Stables Inc. Michael Farro, and M G Stable Inc.   In the initial trotting headliner, the Explosive Matter sophomore gelding Bang Bang Boinga tucked early, started uncovered at the half, and came her back fractions in :57 flat, just wearing down pacesetting Gerard by the slimmest of margins while taking a new mark of 1:56. Tim Tetrick also drove this winner, another of the five successes he had on the day, for trainer Joe Poliseno and owner Mary Ellen Sarama. In the other trotting feature, driver/co-owner Jackie Ingrassia rolled with the Andover Hall three-year-old filly Baby Donut, having an open-length lead from the middle of the first turn to the middle of the stretch, then held off first-over Doodle Hanover to her right and groundsaving Boom City to her left while taking a new speed badge of 1:57.3. Frank Ingrassia is the trainer of the filly, and Jackie's partners on her are Donna Francetti and Thomas Doran. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The veteran Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob got his own way on the front end, then held off a late challenge from pocketsitter 38-1 shot Pappy Go Go to take the $14,400 handicap trotting feature Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:54. The winner of $475,629 left well from his assigned outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick, and, certainly not hurt when race favorite Goes Down Smooth got rough past the start, made the lead in the middle of the first turn and set fractions of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:25.1. Pappy Go Go made the winner give his all in the lane, but he held off his rival by three-quarters of a length for trainer Mark Silva and owner Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr.   The faster of two $12,800 subfeatured trots went to Big Nudge, a sophomore Donato Hanover colt who was sent to the lead in front of the stands by driver David Miller and never gave up the lead thereafter. The tough first-over Willing Hanover grinded to him late in the 1:55.4 mile, but Big Nudge went under the wire a length to the good for trainer Jake Leamon and owners Charles Elliott, A And B Stable, and Hutt Racing Stable. The three-year-old Trixton filly Tricky Sister enjoyed a substantial from top stakes company and used pocket rocket tactics to overhaul pacesetting Harley K by 1¼ lengths at the end of the 1:57.1 co-subfeature. George Napolitano Jr. handled sulky duties for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key. David Miller and Tim Tetrick were the leading drivers on the day with three victories each. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia   -30-

CHESTER, PA - Coming off a second, beaten a half length by Caviart Ally, on Friday night, the Mach Three mare Machnhope was right back in Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning the $14,400 featured distaff handicap pace in 1:51.2 - but not before giving the bettors who had punched her down to 1-10 a brief scare late. Machnhope was sent right to the lead by driver Andrew McCarthy, put up fractions of :27.1, :55, and 1:23, and seemed unfazed as she opened up a clear lead around the far turn. But in midstretch Machnhope took a couple of fumbly steps; McCarthy was able to get his charge back on course quickly, and she kept on going to defeat pocketsitter Apple Bottom Jeans by a length, with closer Eclipse Me N another neck back in third.   Machnhope survived an inquiry into her stretch adventures, and now she is a winner of $317,029 lifetime, while Noel Daley conditioning her for himself and his partners Deo Volente Farms LLC, Thomas Pontone, and L A Express Stable LLC. In the $12,800 co-featured pace for the ladies, the three-year-old Sweet Lou filly Shouldbeenatd sat the pocket behind second choice She's Nun Bettor N, was moved outside on the far turn by driver Yannick Gingras to engage her, and encountered upper stretch resistance before finally making the lead in a 1:54.2 victory, with the final margin 1½ lengths. The sophomore has now amassed $217,917 for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Andrew McCarthy and David Miller had driving triples on the first card of the Philly racing week. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Penn. — After his 1:48.4 statement a week ago, Southwind Ozzi ($3.20) delivered a similarly decisive score in Sunday's (Nov. 15) harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 high-level conditioned pace. Southwind Ozzi and regular driver Daniel Dubé worked to clear Da Delightful (Tim Tetrick) through a :27.2 first quarter, and after rating a :56.2 half, the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere threw down the gauntlet. By way of back-to-back :26.4 quarters, Southwind Ozzi amassed 6-3/4 lengths of clearance over his rivals and paced strongly to the end of a 1:50 mile with plenty in reserve. Da Delightful held runner-up honors over Mac's Jackpot (Todd McCarthy), who lifted off stalling cover to finish third. Bill Mackenzie trains 14-time winner Southwind Ozzi for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice. The 2019 Little Brown Jug winner has earned $907,854 thus far in his career. George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with three wins on the 12-race program. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 18); the first of 14 races is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER, PA - Developing younger horses were featured in a trio of $11,200 harness racing features at Harrah's Philadelphia during an afternoon where the track went from "good" to "fast" as the moisture in the surface was worked away. The fact that the track was still rated "good" for his race didn't bother the Western Ideal sophomore gelding Full Send at all, as he powered out of the pocket for driver Montrell Teague to easily catch pacesetting favorite Rockin The Blaze in 1:50.2 in the single pacing feature. One of the star performers in a tough three-year-old pacing colt division along the Pennsylvania Fair circuit this past year, Full Send set a new mark while taking his eighth win of the year for trainer Eli Scott Jr. and Chesapeake Equine Clinic Inc.   In the first of the two trotting headliners, held when the track was still "good", the Muscle Hill sophomore filly Zoe F raced off to a big lead down the backstretch and had open distance on her opponents to the wire while equaling her lifetime mark of 1:56.2 (taken over an "off" track at Pocono). Andrew McCarthy was in the sulky for trainer Francisco Del Cid, who is also the co-owner with Whiskey Trail Stables Inc. The track rating had been upgraded to "fast" by the time the other trotting headliner went to the gate. That race was taken by Andela, who made the lead, let the favored Bang Bang Boinga go to the lead before the half to trail behind her, then came out in the stretch to catch the pacesetter in 1:55.2, lowering her fastest clocking ever. The three-year-old daughter of Yankee Glide, whose second dam is the champion CR Kay Suzie, was driven and is trained by Rod Allen, and owned by Rod Allen Inc. For the third straight day (all of which involved some moisture), the track was not kind to pacesetters. Tim Tetrick was the winningest driver of the day with four tallies, and none of his winners were closer than fourth or within three lengths of the lead at the three-quarters, usually the road to nowhere at Philly but lately a preferred route to the winners circle. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The Indiana invader Swan Legacy made an impressive local debut in the faster of the $12,800 featured trots on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, using the cover of favored Rosalie Swan as a springboard to a 1:55.4 victory over a good track. Tim Tetrick got the Swan For All sophomore gelding out behind Rosalie Swan as that one went uncovered down the backstretch to get the lead, then continued with his momentum and was the easiest of winners for trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Triple D Stables Inc., Michael Ferriero, and M G Stable Inc. The lightly-raced Baldaquin, making his first start in 40 days and only his ninth lifetime in the November of his four-year-old year, photoed out Rosalie Swan for second.   In the other division, the Muscle Hill three-year-old filly Contepartiro Deo kept her record perfect for trainer Noel Daley in her second start. She persevered to the wire after not being able to clear the pacesetter on the turn to notch a 1:57.3 tally for Todd McCarthy, a half length to the good of longshot President. Owners Deo Volente Farms LLC, who bred the winner, bought out their partners two starts back and obviously have done well with her since. The $11,600 fast-class trot saw two horses parade back to the winners circle, as the camera could not separate the My MVP gelding Magic MVP and Rock Of Cashel, a son of Majestic Son, at the end of a 1:55 mile. Rock Of Cashel first made the top, then yielded to his rival as he dealt with favored first-over danger Lion Safari AS, finding more along the inside late to tie the pacesetter. Todd McCarthy drove Magic MVP for trainer Tracy Berry and the ownership of J Craparotta & P Berry Racing LLC (that's their legal name), while Rock Of Cashel was driven by Vinny Ginsburg for trainer Mark Harder and the partnership of Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. Todd McCarthy, in the top dozen for the season at Philly despite coming to America after the Hambo and getting a very late start, led all drivers today with four victories. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Real Artist mare Abigail Dawn had to have everything go right for her in the $11,600 handicap featured pace for distaffs on a soggy Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia - and when they did, driver Dexter Dunn put the mare in position to win, and she took a close finish in 1:52.3 over a sloppy track. Early on Abigail Dawn thought about leaving, but Its Mesmerise N to her right and favored Baron Remy to her left had similar ideas and faster leg movement, and she had to take back to third. Abigail Dawn gapped for much of the next half-mile, and when 18-1 shot Abuelita Hanover came up first-over, Dunn stayed to the inside.   Chris Ryder trains the oft-winning mare (12 for 32 lifetime) for Shore Things Stables LLC. There were a pair of $11,200 co-features, one on each gait. On the pace, the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Somewhere North raised her career record to 2-for-3 while lowering her mark to 1:55.3 for driver Dunn, trainer Nifty Norman, and the Pinske Stables. The trotters were fronted by another sophomore, the Lionhunter gelding Hunting AS, who was home first in 1:56.4 for trainer Jenny Melander and the partnership of Melander Racing Inc. and Robert Bernaski. Hunting AS was handled by David Miller, with the Hall of Famer's three successes on the day tops among the drivers. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- Aided by a drop in class to the easiest field he has faced since his 2-year-old campaign, 2019 Little Brown Jug winner Southwind Ozzi ($3.60) broke a five-race losing skid with a scintillating 1:48.4 mile on Sunday afternoon (Nov. 8) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Southwind Ozzi wasted no time establishing command of the terms in the $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace and was guided by Daniel Dube through sectionals of :27, :54.4 and 1:21.4. After dictating that fast pace while under no opposition, the 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and Southwind Solara drew clear through the final turn and homestretch, amassing a 7-length margin of victory over Billy Badger (Dexter Dunn) and Put To Right (Andy McCarthy).     Bill MacKenzie trains Southwind Ozzi, whose 13th career win propelled his career earnings over the $900,000 plateau, for Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice. In the afternoon's featured event, a fifth-level conditioned pace worth $11,600, Bettor Memories ($4.00) used a :54.2 closing half mile to stave off a late charge from pocket rival Vapour N by a half length in 1:51.2. Dexter Dunn drove the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding to the 33rd win of his career for owner Gus Dovi and trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 11); the first of 12 races is scheduled for 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- Horsemen are advised that this week's harness racing qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia have been moved from their usual Tuesday morning (Nov. 10) slot to Wednesday (Nov. 11).   The qualifiers will take place before the 12-race pari-mutuel card, beginning at 11:15 a.m. EST.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - A trio of $11,200 events for developing younger horses, two on the trot and one on the pace, topped the harness racing action on Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the faster of the two sections of the featured trot, the newcomer Stravinsky made short work of his opposition, flying home in :56.2 - :28 for an easy 1:55.2 victory, 1¼ lengths ahead of favored Romanee Blue Chip. Andrew McCarthy, top driver of the afternoon with four victories, handled the impressive sophomore Sebastian K S gelding for trainer Andrew Harris and owners Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin.   The Italian/Swedish-bred Fly Eagle Fly showed the endurance of a Continental horse, parked outside the entire mile, in taking the other trotting sector in 1:57.1. The sophomore son of Bold Eagle was denied both the lead and the pocket in the second quarter, continued pressing the rest of the way, and got up by a neck over pacesetting Khedive, who had insisted on setting the pace. Corey Callahan kept the three-year-old going to record his lifetime best clocking for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Richard Gutnick. On the pace, the Sweet Lou sophomore ridgling Rockin The Blaze enjoyed a lowering from a basic diet of stakes competition, working his way to the lead in front of the grandstand and looking in charge thereafter while taking a new mark of 1:52. Full Send, from the pocket, got to within three-quarters of a length behind the winner, who was driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Eddie Dennis and owner Eric Good. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- Officials at Harrah's Philadelphia have announced that the current harness racing meet will be extended through Dec. 31, 2020. The Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has approved an additional four racing programs to be contested at Harrah's Philadelphia following the originally scheduled closing day of Dec. 20. The additional dates are: Wednesday, Dec. 23 (12:25 p.m. first post) Thursday, Dec. 24 (12 noon first post) Sunday, Dec. 27 (12:40 p.m. first post) Thursday, Dec. 31 (6:50 p.m. first post) "We're pleased to be able to work with the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association on adding these additional days," said Barry Brown, director of racing operations at Harrah's Philadelphia. "After the loss of the days early in the season due to COVID-19, this gives our horsemen some additional opportunities to race before the end of the year." For complete information, visit the Harrah's Philadelphia website (https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly/racing). by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Harness racing driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen captured both of the pacing features on "Distaff Day" Wednesday at Harrah's Philadelphia as part of a giant day for both horsemen. Despite having to go first-over against pacesetting favorite Machnhope in the $14,400 top-line event, the veteran McArdle mare Lispatty was able to get to the line first, and the seven-year-old did it in 1:49.4 to take a new lifetime mark. After a classic "ding-dong" stretch battle, Lispatty proved a half-length better to earn her 40th career victory and raise her bankroll to $986,726. Garcia-Owen is also the owner of the classy pacer.   In the $11,600 co-feature pace for distaffs, the Art Major mare Crazy Cute vacated the three-hole late on the backstretch, went up after pacesetting stakes filly Dance Club, ground her into submission, then held off second-over Scandalicious by 1½ lengths. The mile went in 1:51.1, a time which matched the winner's mark. Garcia-Owen's father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera shares ownership of the winner with Barbara and Donald Anstine. For the day, Napolitano visited Victory Lane seven times, solidifying his spot atop the local drivers colony, while Garcia-Owen harnessed five winners to close the gap behind leading trainer Ron Burke (who fought back with a late-card winner), their numbers being 72-63 with about seven weeks remaining in the season. Driver Mike Simons "blew up the tote board" for the second straight day at a different eastern Pennsylvania track. Yesterday, he guided Tricky Dick to an $86.00 upset at Pocono; on this card, he drove How Are Yee John, who was photoed out by Bell I No, but the judges found that Bell I No had drifted out and interfered with the chances of How Are Yee John, reversing how the horses crossed the line for the official order of finish. How Are Yee John paid a healthy $66.20 to his scattered backers among the Philly faithful. Post time at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday will be at 2:05 p.m., so people who are in the mood on wagering on horses and are "double-gaited" might also find some action on the first day of the Breeders Cup at Keeneland. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

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