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Chester, PA -- There were none better than None Bettor A ($2.20), who posted a gritty 1:49.4 harness racing victory -- his ninth straight -- in Sunday afternoon's (July 14) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding and driver Joe Bongiorno had no trouble achieving the lead in the field of five, clearing inside rival The Wall (George Napolitano Jr.) in a comfortable :27 first quarter before rating a :55.2 half. Up the backstretch, Keep On Rocking A (Pat Berry) mounted a first-over challenge to force None Bettor A to three-quarters in 1:22.3, but the streaking gelding maintained a length lead before shrugging off that foe on the final turn. After dismissing Keep On Rocking A, None Bettor A sprinted off at the eighth pole to leave The Wall in his wake, but Our Max Phactor N (Andy McCarthy) spun three-wide off stalled cover and closed boldly. Undeterred, None Bettor A held sway by a length in 1:49.4 to record his 25th career win. Our Max Phactor N was second, while Mister Ohanzee A (Tim Tetrick) improved belatedly from astern to take third. Jenn Bongiorno trains None Bettor A for Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC. In the sub-feature $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, Tiger Thompson N ($3.00) got back in the win column with a 1:49.4 score over Slick Tony. Dexter Dunn brushed the Josh Parker trainee out from third to clear Sunfire Blue Chip with a lap to go, and the pair parried Slick Tony's rally from third-over by a length. Jackpot Hi-5 carryover climbs past $40k For the first time in its tenure at Harrah's Philadelphia, the Jackpot Hi-5 carryover has surpassed the $40,000 plateau, as the 5-4-1-9-3 combination keyed by Billy Badger N ($4.20, Dunn) in the fifth race yielded a $290.90 dividend to multiple players and a carryover of $40,870.89 for Wednesday afternoon (July 17). The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager that requires players to select the first five finishers in each day's fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winning ticket. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 14-race program on Wednesday; post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Rockn Philly, straight off a harness racing victory in the Lynch Consolation at Pocono, won as the heavy favorite in the $17,000 featured distaff pace on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, but she had to be sharp in the stretch to wear down pacesetting Lyons Hedgeabet in 1:51.2. The victorious sophomore daughter of A Rocknroll Dance was away second for the meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, as Lyons Hedgeabet beat the entire field away from the outside post eight and put up fractions of :27, :55.3, and 1:22.3. The leader did not surrender easily, but Rockn Philly found enough late to defeat her main rival by a half length for trainer Jim King Jr. and the ownership of Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. There were a pair of $16,000 subfeatures, one for filly and mare pacers and the other for trotters. The pacing event was captured by the Captaintreachrous sophomore filly Alii Nui, who advanced with cover, went three-deep mid-far turn, swept by pacesetting Afraid Not Hanover, then held off the inside move of Ilana Z Tam in 1:52.3 by ¾ of a length. Driver Marcus Miller's father Erv trains the winner, now victorious in four of her last eight starts for Ervin Miller Stable Inc., Hannah Miller, Nick Surick Stable LLC, and Louis Willinger. On the trot, Amador passed Smooth Acceleration going to the quarter and set reasonable middle fractions,with Massive Opulence grinding up first-over. When the first-up made a break headstretch, Smooth Acceleration moved out to challenge, but driver Simon Allard kept the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Amador rolling and nosed out his charging rival in 1:55.4. It was the second consecutive victory notched by Amador for owner/trainer Joseph King. Before heading to The Meadowlands for nighttime stakes duty after the ninth race, David Miller, the leading active moneywinning driver with over $235M, won four races on the Friday afternoon card.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- A pair of carryovers will await players on Sunday (July 14) at Harrah's Philadelphia, as not only did multiple players successfully select the daily Jackpot Hi-5 combination on Friday afternoon (July 12), but a spree of harness racing long shots in the Pick-4 sequence rendered that bet without a winner.   In the fifth race, Tyson ($2.80, Victor Kirby) keyed a 4-6-2-9-8 Hi-5 combination that yielded $163.62 to multiple players and boosted the carryover for that wager to $39.416.38. The Jackpot Hi-5 is a 20-cent wager that occurs daily in the fifth race and requires players to select the top five finishers in order. The jackpot is paid in the event of one unique winning ticket.   Three odds-on favorites were upended in the Pick-4 sequence, with Misscheckmatehill ($52.60, Donald Dupont), Piraeus ($20.40, David Miller), Iron Mistress ($67.00, Ray Baynes) and Brunhilda ($22.80, Marcus Miller) proving victorious. With no players successfully selecting all four winners, a $3,459.69 carryover will head to Sunday's seventh race.   Post time for Sunday's 14-race card is 12:40 p.m.       by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - Over a track that has not been kind to closers lately, the $14,500 featured harness racing trot on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia narrowed down to a pair of stretch chargers, Rock Of Cashel and All Champy, with the latter getting up in the final strides by a neck in 1:53.3. Rock Of Cashel (driver David Miller) was second-over and All Champy (Dexter Dunn) third-over behind first-up Casa Palmera, who went up to battle pacesetting Inner Peace after the last-named went fractions of :27.3 and :56.3. The front-end duel continued past the 1:24.4 three-quarters and through the turn, with Rock Of Cashel swinging wide and All Champy wider as they headed to the stretch. Rock Of Cashel made the stretch lead, but the Explosive Matter gelding All Champy was a determined trotter, and he got the job done for the seventh time this season while boosting his yearly bankroll to $118,905. William Wyatt trains the winner for owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. In a $14,000 trotting co-feature, favored Yankees Beast made a break at the ¼, and pacesetting second choice Mystical Wynn lost his gait going around the far turn. The Cantab Hall sophomore filly Dawn Of Glory kept her composure, sitting in the pocket and inheriting the lead nearing headstretch, then holding off Fanatic by 1 3/4 lengths while equaling her speed badge of 1:57 as rain started to fall. Andy Miller was in the sulky for trainer/wife Julie and the ownership of Red Wall Stables LLC and Andy Miller Stable Inc. The rain falling in this race, the seventh of the program, turned into a "monsoon," as track announcer Mike Bozich described it, with the eighth race field having to battle a 30 mile per hour stretch headwind and a heavy downpour. After that race, there was a weather delay, so that the racetrack could be reconditioned after the rapidly-moving storm passed through.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The sensational Australian import None Bettor A goes for his ninth consecutive harness racing victory on Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia as the 9-5 morning line favorite in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) contest for fast-class open pacers. None Bettor A, an altered son of Bettor's Delight trained by Jennifer Bongiorno for owners Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC, opened his U.S. account with a pair of good thirds, then has been untouchable since his win streak started on April 27. During that time, he has won his only two starts in the GNOS, and he equaled the all-time track record at Cleveland's Northfield Park with a 1:49 victory over the half-mile oval. Jen Bongiorno's brother Joe is to drive None Bettor A as the pair begins from post two in Sunday's seven-horse field. The last time the GNOS open pacers were at Philly, Keep On Rocking A and Our Max Phactor N were a nose apart at the wire, and they again figure to be in the thick of the action this Sunday. Keep On Rocking A, who closed from eighth at the stretch call to win that race, his second after a brief layoff, will begin from post four for trainer Chris Scicluna and driver Pat Berry, while Our Max Phactor N, who had to go first-over in that contest and almost hung on, will begin from post five for "Team Andrew" - trainer Andrew Harris and driver Andrew McCarthy. Also in the field are The Wall (PP1, trainer Nick Surick, driver George Napolitano Jr.), I'm A Big Deal (PP3, trainer Chris Ryder, driver Dexter Dunn), Decoy (PP6, trainer Gary Candell, driver Jimmy Takter), and Mister Ohanzee A (PP7, trainer Jim King Jr., driver Tim Tetrick). The GNOS contest is slated for the seventh race on Sunday's fourteen-race Philly card, which is scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m.   Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with Harrah's Philadelphia and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono racetracks

Chester, PA -- The carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 continues to grow at Harrah's Philadelphia, with $36,035.38 awaiting harness racing players in the fifth race on Thursday afternoon (July 11).   Persistent Threat A's victory as the 8-5 favorite in Wednesday's (July 10) fifth race keyed a 1-7-9-4-2 combination that returned $253.36 to successful backers, while yielding the highest carryover to date in the history of the wager.   The 20-cent wager carries a low 15 percent takeout and occurs daily in the fifth race, with the carryover paid out in the event of one unique winner. In the event of no or multiple winners, the carryover progresses to the next card. The Jackpot Hi-5 was hit for $35,989.90 on May 23.   Post time on Thursday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Cavill Hanover came off the stakes trail and promptly wired his field in the $16,000 trotting feature in a career best 1:55 during the Wednesday afternoon harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt never showed any intention than to race the three-year-old on the lead, and Cavill Hanover took the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4, and 1:25.4. Favored Daylon Phantom came three-wide on the final turn and loomed menacingly, but Cavill Hanover had more than enough to turn back his late charge by 1 1/2 lengths. The Wolfgang A Stable Inc. and Boris Nasstrom share ownership in the winner with the Little E LLC of Jeff Gural, who earlier in the day was announced as being on the summer ballot for election to the Hall of Fame. In a $14,500 event for fast-class pacers, favored Ideal Wheel brushed to the lead after a :26.3 quarter, and before the :55.3 half he was challenged by Santiago Style, who was parked the mile. The two continued their fight past the 1:23.4 three-quarters and into the stretch, where it was the favorite who gave way - but Santiago Style had Western Hill on his back from the second turn, and it was that Western Ideal gelding who went by the gallant if unlucky Santiago Style late to win by ¾ of a length in 1:52.3. Corey Callahan guided the winner of two straight and $298,707 lifetime for trainer Ed Gannon Jr., also co-owner with Frank Canzone. Tim Tetrick, who literally minutes before the Early Double had his place on this summer's Hall of Fame balloting announced, then went out to sweep the Double with favorites Sweet Colt Of Mine and Turn The Paige. In all Tetrick, the leading dashwinning driver at Philly, had five victories; another came with the freshman Somebeachsomewhere - Fashion Ecstasy filly, Beyond Ecstasy, a full sister to Filibuster Hanover who won her purse bow in 1:55.3.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Shartin N ($2.20) continued her dominance among distaff pacers on Sunday afternoon (July 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning the $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series harnes racing feature in an under-wraps 1:49. After nearly a month on the sidelines following her win in the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 6-year-old daughter of Tintin In America left mildly from the pole to land in third behind Reclamation (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor's Up (Pat Berry) before Tim Tetrick angled her off the pegs to brush into a :27.3 first quarter. Shartin N cleared with just over a circuit to go and coasted through middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.3 with nary a challenger in sight, as the first-over Write Me A Song (Corey Callahan) was only able to work into a joint second before fading on the final turn. The fading Write Me A Song paved the way for Reclamation to take her shot at Shartin N with an eighth of a mile to go, but the champion mare accelerated immediately upon cornering for home. She earned the 35th win of her career while three-quarters of a length better than Reclamation and with plenty in reserve. Bettor's Up was another 4-3/4 lengths back in third, while Write Me A Song faded to fourth. "That's kind of her MO," trainer Jim King Jr. said about Shartin N's immediate response at the top of the stretch. "Timmy [Tetrick] always says, 'I should just sit still and let her do the work.' She likes it, that's for sure." Shartin N has now won nine of her 10 starts this season for owners Richard Poillucci, JoAnn Looney-King and Tim Tetrick LLC. "I felt we would be better off having a place to go instead of having four weeks between races," King continued. "This was the only choice we were left with rather than go to New York, and I would rather not be handicapped with the eight-hole on a half-mile track. It was our choice to come here, and fortunately they had a spot for her." Shartin N will next race in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands on Saturday (July 13). In the sub-featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, Lyons Steel ($11.00) stalked Tiger Thompson N through splits of :27, :55.2 and 1:23 before pulling the pocket at the eighth pole and dueling down the pacesetter to prevail by a neck in a lifetime-best 1:49.4. George Napolitano Jr. drove the 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding for trainer Dennis Watson and owner Bryan Dzugan. Jackpot Hi-5 carryover exceeds $34k The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover continues to grow, after a 4-8-1-3-2 combination keyed by Lyons Steel resulted in a $463.34 dividend payable to multiple players. Wednesday's (July 10) fifth race will now have a $34,828.36 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5, a 20-cent wager that requires players to select the first five finishers in order. The carryover is payable in the event of one unique winning ticket. Post time on Wednesday is 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

HARRISBURG PA - John Pantalone, founder of World Wide Racing Photos, the track photographer presently at Harrah's Philadelphia and Freehold and previously for most of the Delaware Valley racetracks, passed away on Friday morning at age 76 after a gradually-debilitating illness. Pantalone graduated South Philadelphia High School, and received further training in electrical engineering through ROTC. He was laid off at the Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia in 1972, and with a friend began a photography business; one of his first clients was Liberty Bell Park, which led to the development of World Wide Racing Photos (WWRP), which he operated with his beloved wife Pat, who survives. Pantalone's WWRP was the track photographer at Brandywine, Liberty Bell, Garden State, Freehold, and Harrah's Philadelphia. The firm acquired a reputation for quick and quality development and production of track photography, to the point that at one point WWRP processed the photography for a dozen racetracks, including as far away as Golden Bear (Sacramento) in California. WWRP and Pantalone were at the forefront of several of the innovative changeovers in the racetrack photography industry through the years - the shifting from black / white to color photography and the change from film to digital photography being the two foremost examples. John's innovative mind brought about the start of the many of the oversize "tribute" photos that owners purchased to mark especially big wins with their horses. He and his firm were known for timely and courteous service, always willing to go "the extra mile" for their clients. In 1988 WWRP received Nike Photo Award for a special effects photo taken at Garden State Park. Garden State was also the scene of one of John's favorite racetrack memories, when in 1992 a campaign bus carrying President hopeful Bill Clinton stopped for a rally at the track, and the future President got in a winner's circle photo with "his namesake," Bubba Clinton, with Pantalone one of the few photographers authorized to record the event. On March 1, 2018, the Post Time with Mike and Mike podcast hosted an interview with Pantalone, which can be found online (https://extra.betamerica.com/post-time-w-mike-mike-harness-show-3118/). A viewing will be held on Tuesday (July 9) from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Terranova Funeral Home - Haddon Heights, 402 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights NJ, followed by an 11 a.m. Funeral Mass at Saint Rose of Lima Church, 4th Avenue & Kings Highway, Haddon Heights NJ, with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery following. Additional details can be found at the Terranova Funeral Home website (terranovafuneralhome.com). Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Western Terror mare Backseat Terror paced to her sixth consecutive harness racing victory in winning the $17,000 distaff pacing feature on Friday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:51.3. Lyons Hedgeabet had the top at the :27.1 quarter; Hurrikane Shorty then moved to control the racetrack before the :55.2 half, with Backseat Terror moving uncovered at that point. Down the backstretch the winenr used strong strides to reach the three-quarters in 1:23, open up six lengths by the stretch call, and then prevail by 2¾ lengths over Lyons Hedgeabet, who recovered from a shuffle. Corey Callahan was in his usual sulky spot behind the streaking mare for trainer Katricia Adams and owner John Barnard. There were a pair of $16,000 contests for the "nw 5 races" class. One was for female pacers on the "Filly And Mare Friday" card at Philly, and it was won by the Real Artist sophomore filly Abigail Dawn in 1:52. Alli Nui was determined to set the pace, getting parked past a :26.1 before getting the top, with Abigail Dawn having reached her to challenge just before the :55 half.The battle raged on past the 1:23.2 three-quarters and deep into the stretch, where Abigail Dawn could finally gain the advantage, winning by a half length. In the trot, driver Jeremy Morrison doubled his lifetime win total as he patiently guided the Chapter Seven sophomore gelding Chapter Fashion up the inside to victory in 1:56.1. Chapter Seven has now not lost a race this year in six starts in which he stayed flat, and Morrison grabbed early position, waited for the stretch, and closed to defeat pacesetter Hammer Creek by a half-length for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. The Somebeachsomewhere mare Lyons River Pride caught the eye as she sped to a 1:50.1 lifetime mark while cracking the $300,000 lifetime earnings barrier in a $14,500 distaff pacing contest. George Napolitano Jr. made two moves to take charge of the throttle, hanging up fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:22.2 en route to a 3¾ lengths victory over favorite Believe In Me for trainer Gareth Dowse and owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

HARRISBURG, PA - John Pantalone, founder of World Wide Racing Photos, the track photographer presently at Harrah's Philadelphia and Freehold Raceway and previously for most of the Delaware Valley racetracks, passed away on Friday morning at age 76 after a gradually-debilitating illness. Pantalone graduated South Philadelphia High School, and received further training in electrical engineering through ROTC. He was laid off at the Boeing aircraft manufacturing plant in suburban Philadelphia in 1972, and with a friend began a photography business; one of his first clients was Liberty Bell Park, which led to the development of World Wide Racing Photos (WWRP), which he operated with his beloved wife Pat, who survives. Pantalone's WWRP was the track photographer at Brandywine, Liberty Bell, Garden State, Freehold, and Harrah's Philadelphia. The firm acquired a reputation for quick and quality development and production of track photography, to the point that at one point WWRP processed the photography for a dozen racetracks, including as far away as Golden Bear (Sacramento) in California. WWRP and Pantalone were at the forefront of several of the innovative changeovers in the racetrack photography industry through the years - the shifting from black / white to color photography and the change from film to digital photography being the two foremost examples. John's innovative mind brought about the start of the many of the oversize "tribute" photos that owners purchased to mark especially big wins with their horses. He and his firm were known for timely and courteous service, always willing to go "the extra mile" for their clients. In 1988 WWRP received Nike Photo Award for a special effects photo taken at Garden State Park. Garden State was also the scene of one of John's favorite racetrack memories, when in 1992 a campaign bus carrying President hopeful Bill Clinton stopped for a rally at the track, and the future President got in a winner's circle photo with "his namesake," Bubba Clinton, with Pantalone one of the few photographers authorized to record the event. On March 1, 2018, the Post Time with Mike and Mike podcast hosted an interview with Pantalone, which can be found online (https://extra.betamerica.com/post-time-w-mike-mike-harness-show-3118/). Funeral arrangements were not finalized at press time. Terranova Funeral Home of Haddon Heights NJ (terranovafuneralhome.com) will be handling these arrangements, and updates can be found on their website as they become available. by Jerry Connors  

CHESTER PA - "Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia was highlighted by a pair of $18,000 harness racing events for faster-class horses, with the four-year-old trotting gelding Scirocco Rob setting a 1:52 divisional track record in taking the faster section. Favored Pappy Go Go was parked to a :27.1 quarter for command, went on to a :55.3 half, and continued in gear as Cash For Gold, second in his last two starts in this class, came up first-over towards the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Second choice Scirocco Rob was in second-over position, but Hall of Famer David Miller, judging his cover was not going to go on, ducked his horse to the rail going into the far turn, passed the first-over on the inside, came wide again in the lane and caught Pappy Go Go late by a half length. The former divisional standard of 1:52.1 was held by Sevruga (2012), Fearless Man and Modest Prince (both 2014); the new horse in the record books, a winner of $333,173, is trained by Mark Silva for owners Kathleen and Lewis Whitaker Jr. In the first feature division, Whether Or Not FI left no doubt in anybody's mind, forcing early tucks and rebuffing any further challengers as he went wire-to-wire for driver Yannick Gingras in a lifetime best 1:53.3 after fractions of :27.4, :56.3, and 1:25.1. Imported from Finland (the "FI" in his name) at the start of the year, the altered son of Cantab Hall roared out of the box like a Finnish lion, winning six of his first seven starts, and Thursday he added his ninth victory of the campaign, boosting his 2019 earnings to $105,310, for trainer Linda Toscano and owner Kenneth Jacobs. The two-year-old pacing filly Speak To Siri stormed home (:55.4 - :27.4) in 1:53.4 to set a North American season's record breaking her maiden. The daughter of Artspeak - Siri Hanover was reserved well off a fast pace by driver Tim Tetrick, tipped four-wide off cover in the stretch, and closed furiously to catch Sweet Sue by ¾ of a length for trainer Jim King Jr. and owner Jo Ann Looney-King.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Shartin N, the imported pacing mare from New Zealand who has ascended to the #1 spot in North American harness racing's weekly Top Ten poll, will race on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, drawing the rail in a field of eight for a $30,000 leg of the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) for pacing mares. The six-year-old daughter of Tintin In America, trained by Jim King Jr. for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Anne Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC, has been the dominant force among the pacing distaff ranks in the U.S. and Canada for the last year-and-a-half: she won over a million dollars in 2018 while earning her divisional championship, and in 2019 she has already won over half a million. Shartin N is undefeated in her Harrah's career, having captured the Betsy Ross Pace in both 2018 and 2019, and also winning a GNOS contest last season. Tim Tetrick will be in his usual spot behind Shartin N on Sunday afternoon as the Kiwi sensation goes for her eighth victory in a row. It is very unusual for any one race to have two horses bringing in seven-race win streaks, but Shartin N is joined by Reclamation in not having lost in her last seven starts. The daughter of A Rocknroll Dance, trained by Ron Burke for owner W J Donovan and Donal Murphy, began her career in Ireland, showed so much promise that she was brought Stateside, and has worked her way up the ranks while racing at Pocono and The Meadowlands. Sunday's contest will certainly be the "acid test" for Reclamation, who will be starting from post four for driver Yannick Gingras. This collection of talented mares is full of horses who love to win their races - the assembled eight have taken 47 of the 100 collective starts they have made in 2019. But Shartin N will be the key horse to go through if anyone else is to raise any winning percentages. The GNOS mares pace will be the eighth on a 14-race card at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, when first post is 12:40 p.m. By Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association, in conjunction with The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and Harrah's Philadelphia racetracks

CHESTER PA - Two-year-old pacers were in the harness racing spotlight as the racing week opened at Harrah's Philadelphia, with four $13,000 events highlighting the sidewheeling freshmen, three for fillies and one for colts and geldings. Trainer Chris Ryder, who won the $300,000 Lynch Championship for sophomore fillies with Stonebridge Soul this past Saturday at Pocono, may have a follow-up good one in the Artspeak - Conquer The Beach freshman miss Winning Words, who took her pari-mutuel debut in 1:54.3 Driver Dexter Dunn sent the filly to the lead, set fractions of :28, :58, and 1:26.2, and withstood the stretch bid of favored first-over Wingding Hanover by a neck for Kenneth Solomon and RBH Ventures Inc. Driver Yannick Gingras accounted for the other two divisions of the three sections for baby fillies; his faster winner was Firefly, who scored in 1:55.1 for a new mark. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere - Music City pressed on to the lead in :28.4, got a breather to the :58.3 half, then went to the three-quarters in 1:26.4 and kept a 2½ length margin over pocketsitting Lola's Gold for trainer Bruce Saunders and owners Charles and Julie Nash. In the other section, favored Sporty Juliana paced past second choice Soixante Hanover past the :29.1 quarter, put up midfractions of :58 and 1:27.1, and was still going along well when she made a break nearing headstretch. Soixante Hanover avoided the breaker, who went to the infield, inherited the lead, and kept it to the wire, taking a 1:57 mark in her purse bow, 1½ lengths ahead of Granny's Girl. Gingras drove the Somebeachsomewhere - Social Scene filly to the win for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of Burke Racing LLC, William Switala, James Martin, and Joseph Critelli. The division for males saw the North American seasonal race record for all sizes of tracks fall to the debuting gelding Western Vacation in 1:54.1. Marcus Miller raced the son of Western Ideal out of the $498G+-winning Robin Cruiser in the pocket as Sunuma Beach set fractions of :27.4, :57.4, and 1:26.1, then moved him out headstretch and saw him pace by the leader for a half length victory for trainer Julie Miller and the Pinske Stables. The meet's winningest driver, Tim Tetrick, added four more victories to his total on Wednesday. Shartin N, the #1-ranked harness horse in North America, returns to the races on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for pacing mares, and she drew the rail to boot in the field of eight. The iron-tough mare has won seven races in a row - as has a competitor of hers, Reclamation, who broke her maiden in Ireland last year racing for a purse of $708, was sent across the Atlantic, and has rolled a perfect seven since April 12, taking a mark of 1:50. The Irish miss, though, will find the Kiwi mare and the other entrants the sternest test of her career.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy was the prime producer of two-year-old speed during baby morning qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia Tuesday, directing two pacing colts to 1:55.3 clockings and a first-time trotting colt starter to a 2:01.2 win, fastest for the day on their respective gaits. Goldin Kid was put on the lead by McCarthy and went on to a 1:55.3 clocking, punctuated by a :56.4 back half, for trainer Kelvin "Red" Harrison, also co-owner with Howard Taylor. The Art Major colt is out of Crazy Luv Bug, a $200G+ winner whose dam Luv's For Ever produced five other $200G+ winners. McCarthy then came back with Tito Rocks, a Sweet Lou gelding out of the million dollar-winning mare Ticket To Rock. The 1:55.3 front-end mile of Tito Rocks included a :56.3 back half for trainer Robert Cleary and owner Royal Wire Products Inc. Loyal Fox Hanover was able to trot to a 2:01.2 clocking in his first competitive start, the Andover Hall colt out of Lady Luck Hanover (whose dam is Beat The Wheel) coming a third quarter in 28.1 raw to move into contention for McCarthy and then drawing clear. Chuck Sylvester trains the baby and is co-owner with Steve Jones, Mary Kinsey Arnold, and Paul Bordogna. Although McCarthy got the quickest clockings of the day, he was not the winningest driver, as 24-year-old Troy Beyer crossed the wire first with four freshmen: a trotter of each sex trained by Julie Miller, and a pair of pacing fillies trained by Tom Fanning. Driver Eric Carlson and trainer Ross Croghan also combined for a pacing victory with a member of each sex. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

Chester, PA -- Eighth on approach to the final turn, Keep On Rocking A ($19.40) passed every harness racing horse but one to narrowly reach the winning post first in Sunday afternoon's (June 30) Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia. Pat Berry was patient early with the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding, and the pair sat well off early fractions of :26.2 and :54.2 controlled first by speedster Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) and then by Rodeo Rock (Andy McCarthy), who brushed from third with a lap to go. Up the backstretch, Keep On Rocking A angled fourth-over into a live outer flow headed by Our Max Phactor N (Yannick Gingras), who forced a :27.3 third quarter. As Our Max Phactor N worked onto level pegging with Rodeo Rock, Keep On Rocking A circled four-wide off the home turn, and was urged to sustain his rally through the stretch. Our Max Phactor N worked to a mid-stretch lead, but was nabbed on the line by Keep On Rocking A, whose 1:50.2 score gave him his fifth win of the season. Scott Rocks (Tim Tetrick), eclipsed off cover, just held third over Tiger Thompson N, who emerged up the open stretch as Rodeo Rock faded. Chris Scicluna owns and trains 21-time winner Keep On Rocking A, whose 8-1 upset keyed a 4-3-9-5-6 combination in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 that returned $717.44 to multiple players. As such, the carryover to Wednesday's (July 3) program has ballooned to $29,289.52. In the $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, which served as the top supporting event on the 14-race program, Shnitzledosomethin ($5.40) overcame post 8 and cruised to a five-length win in 1:50.3. Corey Callahan drove the 4-year-old Fred And Ginger entire for trainer Dylan Davis and the BFJ Stable, Tom Lazzaro, Ed Gold and Abraham Basen. The sub-featured $17,000 upper-winners pace saw Love Me Some Lou ($3.40) return to the win column off a brief spell, as he used a first-over push out of midfield to grind down My Delight in 1:51.4. David Miller drove the 3-year-old Sweet Lou colt for owner John Cancelliere and trainer Tom Cancelliere. Live racing returns on Wednesday afternoon (July 3), with a special 2:05 p.m. first post in place for the 14-race card. by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

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