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CHESTER, PA - Mr Houdini needed little magic to win the $16,000 trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon - he just needed his native ability, which enabled him to come home in 57 over a "sloppy +2" surface to take a new mark of 1:56. Andrew McCarthy quickly had the altered son of Kadabra on the lead, and the winner of three straight rattled off splits of 29.1, 59.1, and 1:27.3 on the engine. Girl Talk had stayed close to the winner throughout and tried to rally from the pocket late, but Mr Houdini saw that one's late bid off by 3/4 for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. The top pacing event of the day was an event for distaffs worth $14,500, and heading to the wire three of the four involved in the drive were New Zealanders, with the import Nike Franco N (handled by Flora IL's Tim Tetrick, the lone non-Kiwi) withstood a big late charge from Delightfulmemphisn and the "Down Under Wonder," driver Dexter Dunn, to prevail in 1:52.4 in the off going. Tetrick had moved the victorious daughter of McArdle past early leader Oceania past the 27.1 quarter, put up middle fractions of 56.3 and 1:24.2, and looked free and clear at headstretch. But Delightfulmemphisn angled four-wide and cut into the lead with every stride in the lane, only to come up a half-length short on the money. The winner, trainer by Scott Di Domenico, recorded her second straight win, and now has lifetime earnings of $822,029 while raising her career win ratio to 43% (32 for 75). She is owned by William Hartt, Foulk Stables Inc., JFE Enterprise LLC, and Triple D Stables Inc. From the PHHA/Harrah's Chester

CHESTER, PA -- The 12-race harness racing card scheduled for Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon has been cancelled, as snow started falling in the area midmorning and shows no sign of abating.   Racing is scheduled to return to Harrah's tomorrow (Friday), with a 13-race card starting at 12:25 p.m.   From PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - The fifth race at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday produced the largest harness racing win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. Nice Stuff and Presidente Zette were the trotters home first in a pair of $16,000 features as the racing week opened at Harrah's Philadelphia. Nice Stuff has now won three of her last four starts after taking the first division of the headliner in 1:56.3, missing the personal mark she set last week by a tick. Dexter Dunn had the Yankee Glide mare well-positioned behind lively cover, and her stretch kick enabled her to overhaul the pacesetting favorite Christopher Crazo by a length, with pocketsitting Michando another half-length back in third. Nice Stuff has proven to be a nice acquisition for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman, as she came into their possession early in September and has already bankrolled $24,250 for them. Presidente Zette conserved ground in the other section of the feature, then was able to slip out on the far turn, tip wide, and sail past the field to equal his mark of 1:56.2. The son of Muscle Hill benefited from the well-judged drive by David Miller, coming home two lengths to the good of Campbellini for owner/trainer Cozette McAvoy, The fifth race produced the largest win price of the season at Philly, as Anthony Morgan, #2 in North American driving victories all-time (this was win #16,251), sent Ideal Magic to the lead early, yielded to favorite Ohio Larry, then came up the inside to best that rival by ¾ of a length while returning $195.40 for a $2 ticket (there was a total of $50 bet on him to win). Ideal Magic's price beat the previous seasonal high, set one month back to the day (October 14), when Always A Diamond fashioned a $117.20 upset. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Gold Orchid N handled a stepup in class to keep her North American record perfect after five starts, winning a $14,500 high-level conditioned distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday in 1:52. Fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind the victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight, and they couldn't have enjoyed a better journey. Delightful Dragon grabbed the lead early and passed the ¼ in 27, but JK Jazzitup was soon on the go and took over the lead by the 56.1 half, with Terror At Night starting the outer tier uncovered and Gold Orchid N right behind her. After a battle on the front end resulted in a ¾ clocking of 1:23.4, Terror At Night had forged a short lead by headstretch, but Gold Orchid N still had plenty in the tank and went on to post a 1½-length victory over Terror At Night, with third-over Ella Christina coming on for third, another 1¼ lengths back. Mark Harder trains the "ceiling unlimited" mare for BAMQ LLC. Unusually for "Filly and Mare Friday" at Philly, the top purse event of the day was a trot, a $16,000 contest won by a male, as the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini equaled his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 over a track that had been rerated to "sloppy" after a hard rain about an hour earlier. Mr Houdini worked out a pocket trip, but looked like he wouldn't shake free in enough time to catch Girl Talk, who had swept wide off cover to the midstretch lead. "Houdini" and driver Brett Miller escaped from the box in just enough time to produce a surge that got him home first by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. There's no question that trainer Mike Dowdall and driver Brett Miller are the "go-to" team at Philly for longshot tallies, as they clicked again in the first race with Cinder Rita ($79.40) - the fourth time at the meet the pair have produced a $50+ winner. Dowdall's quartet of bombers puts him far ahead of other conditioners - no other trainer has more than one! - while Miller's seventh overall $50+ horse ties him for the meet lead with Eric Carlson in that category. Race one also went to the top in longshot production - a longshot led the card for the sixth time in the meet, breaking a tie with races six and ten. (In case you were wondering, races five and fourteen have yet to see a $50+ win payoff.) Tim Tetrick won four races Friday, reducing George Napolitano Jr.'s lead in the seasonlong driving standings to 218-213. Cat Manzi won the first dashwinning drivers title at Philly, and since then it has either been Napolitano (six times, including the last four) or Tetrick (five times) on top. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Tymal Reign set most of the pace in the $14,500 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia, but the pocketsitting Ameliosi had inside room and from mid stretch ... inched ... up ... with ... every ... stride ... and ... finally ... nipped the winner in the final few feet, stopping the timer in 1:55.3. Ameliosi, a daughter of Explosive Matter trained by Jenny Melander for owner John Devito, took command on the first turn, hung favored Tymal Reign past the 27.3 quarter and was thereafter content to sit behind that one through the middle splits of 56.1 and 1:25.2. The winner kept on grinding just inside the pacesetter, and just did get by by the shortest of margins under the urging of Marcus Miller, on a day when quick last quarters were not to be found. There were a pair of $14,000 co-features, one on each gait. On the trot, the finish may have been even closer than in the feature, as the Cantab Hall sophomore gelding American Steele set the pace, holding off closing favorite Dunsinane Hall by no more than a couple of inches. A win is a win, and this win in 1:57.2 was a lifetime mark for American Steele, who was kept rolling to the wire by the track's leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., for trainer Rob Harmon and the partnership of Harmon Racing Stable LLC and Harvey Eisman. The pace was taken by Western Showgirl, who posted only her second career win, yet broke $50,000 in lifetime earnings, shedding her previous 29-1-14-7 "bridesmaid" pattern by winning in 1:57.1. Owner/trainer Ray Barnes sent her on a first-over mission, opened a good-sized lead when the pacesetter gave way midturn, then maintained a safe 1½-length margin to the wire with the Western Ideal mare. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Muscle Massive sophomore harness racing gelding Jackie's Jim, trainer Neal Ehrhart, and driver George Napolitano Jr. continued their recent "in-form" style, combining to win the $16,000 featured trot on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:56.2. Napolitano, who swept the first four races en route to five victories on the day, reserved Jackie's Jim off the early pace, then sent him uncovered before the half. He showed sharp acceleration to make the lead at the 5/8, then opened up just enough ground on two rivals who had been caught inside when he powered to the lead, Lindsey's Pride and Presidential Zette, who dead-heated for second, a neck behind the winner, who recorded his third straight victory. Ehrhart, clicking at a 24% rate since October 19, trains the winner for Virginia Ehrhart, Leta Deatrick, and Jacqueline Dobson. In the $14,000 pacing co-feature, Tony Morgan sent the Bettor's Delight sophomore gelding Bettor Than Spring to the lead past the quarter and held sway the rest of the way, but the winner had to be game to withstand the late burst of 40-1 shot Gideon Seelster by a neck in triumphing in 1:55.1. Bettor Than Spring has now won three of four trips behind the gate since pairing with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Joseph Bongiorno LLC and Triple D Stables Inc. In the $14,000 trotting co-feature Wednesday, the Conway Hall sophomore gelding Flyhawk El Diablo took advantage of the "eligible at time of entry" rule after winning his last start, making it two straight while equaling the lifetime mark of 1:57.2 that he notched in his last race. Andrew McCarthy guided the winner to the lead going under the wire the first time, and the pair had more than enough to keep pocketsitting First Class Act in arrears by 2¾ lengths under the wire the second time for owner/trainer James DeLucia. The early move to command also was a successful route for the Majestic Son mare Majestic Presence, who handled a $12,500 fast-class field in 1:55.4. Marcus Miller got away with a relaxed 58.4 half, then sprinted home in 57 with the winner of $180,310 to be 1¼ lengths of pocketsitting Royal Surprise for aunt/trainer Julie Miller and owner Kapildeo Singh. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The up-and-coming horses in the "non-winners of five races lifetime" classification were featured at Harrah's Philadelphia this afternoon (and into the twilight, complementing the first day of the Breeders Cup), with a pair of $16,000 contests. The first was for distaff pacers, and it fell to the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Zutopia in 1:53.3. George Napolitano Jr. sent the sophomore to the top in a 27.2 quarter, then yielded to the favorite Sarpa Hanover as she brushed to command early, hitting the middle splits in 56.3 and 1:24.4, at the latter station being joined by first-over Danikova. Through the stretch Napolitano used the inside space to rally Zutopia, with her biggest stretch challenge coming from Painted Lady, who also shot the inside then had to alter outside and finished swiftly between horses to come up a length shy. Danikova was third, a half-length behind Painted Lady and a half-length ahead of Sarpa Hanover. Zutopia, now a 5-time winner this year, is trained by Tom Cancelliere for his brother John. The track lightning had been turned on by the time the second feature, which was for trotters, went gateward, and Exarch justified the fans' 2-5 favoritism of him with a win in 1:56.2, but he had to be good late to answer a challenge for pocketsitting Armageddon Seelster. The latter was actually on top early before yielding to the chalk in 28.4, and the favorite then put up middle clockings of 59 and 1:27.4. With the relative easy fractions under the guidance of Tony Morgan, it looked like Exarch might be all but home, but Armageddon Seelster gave him a good argument through the lane before finishing second, a neck back. Ron Burke conditions the winner for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. In a $14,500 conditioned pacers for more seasoned pacing females, Gold Orchid N remained undefeated in four U.S. starts, lowering her Stateside mark to 1:51.2. The daughter of Bettor's Delight got away second and left a huge hole most of the way as pacesetter Diamondtoothgertie set fractions of 27.4, 56, and 1:23.4, but driver Dexter Dunn had the four-year-old Kiwi mare in high gear at the last-named station, quickly overhauled the pacesetter on the turn, and drew off to a 4½ length victory over Brazuca, who raced inside and had a head on the wire over Nike Franco N, who had gapped throughout the race but was flying late. Gold Orchid N now has six wins in but 21 career starts, with more successes likely in the near future. She is owned by BAMQ Inc., which consists of Barry Freeman, Andrew Steiger, and trainer Mark Harder (the Q is a question mark). Not only did Milady Denver A provide the biggest price of the afternoon when she took the twelfth contest at a $56.60 mutuel for driver Pat Berry, she also provided Guatemala native Fredi Herrera his first-ever training victory. With only six starts since he got his license, all with the winner, Herrera now sports a 372% profit ratio for his backers. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The veteran Crazed gelding Crazy About Pat pushed his lifetime earnings to $833,750 with a 1:54.2 victory in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon. Eric Carlson settled in second early with the winner behind fast-starting Ameliosi, then made a move topward by the 27.4 half. Middle splits of 57 and 1:25.2 were hung up, and when no outer tier action materialized, Ameliosi proved to be the main competition, but Crazy About Pat kept him at bay by a solid 2¼ lengths. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera is the owner/trainer of Crazy About Pat. It may surprise some non-Mid-Atlantic fans to learn that Garcia-Herrera is within the top six trainers at Yonkers, Pocono, and Philadelphia, where he sits second in the table to Ron Burke. He is also sixth in North America, with Crazy About Pat the 200th winner from the barn this year. There were a pair of $14,500 trotting co-features on the card, with Carlson also victorious in one of them, handling the Cam's Rocket sophomore gelding What That Is in a 1:56.1 triumph. One of Maryland's top colts the last couple years, What That Is swung wide from third-over and ran down a game Le Tissier, who had taken over in the stretch after going first-over, by three parts of a length for trainer Kerry Welty and owner Brian Emerson. In the other co-feature, 2017 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Fashionwoodchopper got the first win of his sophomore campaign, going to the lead near the quarter for driver David Miller and then holding off potential pocket rocket Tymal Reign by ¾ of a length to win in 1:55. Despite the paucity of seasonal successes, the Donato Hall colt has still banked $106,370 this year and $363,259 lifetime for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC. FINISHING LINES - Because of the galloping activity in Kentucky associated with the two-day Breeders Cup championships, post time at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday will be 2:05 p.m. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - When archrival Bettor Trix N was scratched from the $17,000 distaff featured pace at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, the A Rocknroll Dance filly Scuola Hanover looked like she would have fairly smooth sailing to her fifth straight harness racing victory. But the favorite came up short in the stretch, and Jaye's A Lady sprang a $23.40 upset for driver Andy Miller in 1:52.3. Big City Betty gunned away to the lead in 26.2 despite the outside post seven; early pocketsitter Cuts Like A Knife moved and gained the lead well before the cutthroat 54.3 half. Scuola Hanover led the outer tier, with Jaye's A Lady and Believe In Me behind her, and when Big City Betty tired from her early efforts, Scuola Hanover was able to tuck into the pocket before the blistering 1:22.2 3/4s. Jaye's A Lady, covered to this point, grinded up to take the lead in the lane, then held off Believe In Me by a half-length, with Cuts Like A Knife another length back and a neck ahead of Scuola Hanover. The victory was the first of the year for the McArdle mare after a $100,000+ season turned in during 2017. Nancy Johansson trains the winner for Caviart Farms. The Camluck gelding Feeling Cam Lucky turned in the fastest mile of the day in a $12,500 pace for driver George Napolitano Jr., going wire-to-wire in 1:50.4, but it's just as likely that people were talking about the second-place finisher afterward. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Duplicated N, another of the "New Zealand pipeline horses" for Team King/Looney King/Poillucci of Shartin N fame, got away second-last from his outside starting position, was ten lengths out at the half, then negotiated his own back half in 53.4 while also shifting stretch course to avoid the drifting winner to finish second, beaten 1¼ lengths. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, who owns and trains Feeling Cam Lucky, had three conditioning wins on the day, using three different drivers. Tim Tetrick topped the sulkysitters with a trio of successes. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - With Harrah's Philadelphia being dark for live racing this coming Sunday afternoon, after the Breeders Crown Championships at sister PHHA track Pocono the night before, the southeast Pennsylvania oval was able to stage a power-packed card for the short week's finale, with the $18,000 featured pacing classes for both "the girls" and "the boys" appearing on the Friday's program. It was "ladies first" in the chronological race presentation, and the other distaffs chased a very tough winner in the form of the McArdle mare Lispatty, who won her second straight local start in emphatic fashion. Eric Carlson, who joined with Yannick Gingras in having three victories to lead the day's drivers (Gingras' triple all for trainer Ron Burke), sent Lispatty straight to the front, and after a 27.4 quarter, the winner of $634,265 "stole" the half in 57.2 - ensuring she would be tough to catch. In fact, from there she sprinted the third quarter in 27.4 to hit the pole into the far turn in 1:25.1, then really ignited the afterburners, opening a five length lead at the stretch call and finishing out in 26.4 to remain clear of second-place Nike Franco N. Gilbert Garcia-Herrera conditions the fast mare for his son, owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. The feature event for the males figured to be a wide-open event, with the Mach Three gelding Sprinter N accorded slight morning-line favoritism at 7-2. And Sprinter N did indeed live up to his name and the early backing, winning on the engine in 1:50.2 for driver Marcus Miller - but as the third choice. The second choice Cruise Patrol rode in the pocket behind fractions of 27.1, 55, and 1:22.1, with the winner actually headed by race favorite and first-over Abraxas Blues A at the latter station. But the Aussie faded after challenging the Kiwi, and in the end it was Cruise Patrol who proved the biggest threat to Sprinter N, but he could get no close than 1 ½ lengths behind at the wire. Ross Croghan conditions the winner, now with earnings of $98,350 this year and $297,482 in his career, for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Mr. Dana Parham. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - A trio of $14,500 contests headlined the "Trottin' Thursday" card at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the final division producing the fastest winner and giving driver Tim Tetrick victories in the final two of the three features. Patent Leather, a Broadway Hall sophomore colt who had won a division of the Liberty Bell stake here in September, went in 1:53.3 to win the third cut of Thursday's top class for Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC (the last two teaming for their second victory on the card). Patent Leather came his own last half in 56.2 uncovered, but needed to go all of that to hold off the resurgent Majestic Presence by a length to send his earnings to $176,314 this season and $254,306 lifetime. The recent French import Very Very Fast had been very very unlucky in his last two attempts to leave the starting gate quickly, getting hung out the mile both times. But today he faced only five rivals, and despite the outermost six-slot he was able to get to the front and commanded the second group from there, a half-length ahead of pocketsitter Bands Houdini at the finish in 1:56. Tetrick guided the gelded son of Quero, who now has combined earnings of $368,123 on both sides of the Atlantic, for trainer Robert Bresnahan, who is also co-owner along with Tom Sulkowski, Richard Vecchio, and Richard Lombardo. Lily's Swan Pond, allowed to go off at 8-1 despite finishing second at a higher level at Yonkers just six days ago, overcame a first-over journey to win in 1:55.3, just a tick off his life mark, in the first of the tri-headliners. Brett Miller got a 57.2 individual back half out of the Swan For All gelding as they defeated pocketsitter Celebrity Pegasus by a half-length, boosting his 2018 earnings to $119,576 and his career accumulation to $351,513 for trainer Nick Surick and the Second Chance Stable Inc. David Miller led all drivers with three victories on Thursday; Tetrick, Dexter Dunn, Tony Morgan, and George Napolitano Jr. each had a double FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will not have live racing this Sunday, so the Friday week-ending card at the riverside oval has the feature horses from two days: the top fillies and mares, and the best of the fast-class set. It should provide enjoyable and competitive action tomorrow, starting at 12:25 p.m. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Scuola Hanover won her fourth straight race, and took archrival Bettor Trix N from the ranks of the unbeaten on U.S. shores, in taking the $17,000 distaff pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon in 1:52. Big City Betty and Miss Hill got away 1-2 in the featured field of eight, with the former passing the first two poles in 27.3 and 56.2. Bettor Trix N, who had won all four of her east coast starts and was the 6-5 second choice, started uncovered down the backstretch, with the 1-2 favorite Scuola Hanover enjoyed a perfect cover trip past the 1:24.2 3/4s and into the stretch. The A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly proved the strongest in the latter stages, with a personal last split of 27.4 putting her two lengths clear of Big City Betty at the finish; Miss Hill was another neck back in third and ¾ of a length ahead of Bettor Trix N. Scuola Hanover had passed the $200,000 career earnings marker with her previous win, in a division of the Simpson Stake at Philly, and this victory now boosts her earnings to $215,798 for trainer Andrew Stafford, who is also co-owner with Art Stafford and Thomas Ireland. David Miller recorded his third victory of the afternoon behind the winner. Harrah's Philadelphia had had two cards out of its first 111 this year where two winners paid $50 or more - with Wednesday's racing, it's now added on two more in the last six. First on the longshot brigade Wednesday was Let's Roll, who showed competitiveness in good company but still was allowed to escape at 34-1, whereupon driver Brett Miller got her home off a second-over trip to return $70.80. Brett now has six $50+ winners at the meet, one behind the leader Eric Carlson, with whom he is tied wth two $100+ winners. The other bomber pilot on the Wednesday card was Dexter Dunn, who rallied Lexi Tee from third inside to catch 2-5 favorite Trix Are For Kids while paying back $2 win tickets with $59.40. FINISHING LINES - Harrah's Philadelphia will be dark for live racing this Sunday afternoon, October 28, following the night before where there will be some good racing 100 miles north up the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - Driver Eric Carlson had the hot hands at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, sweeping the featured paces for distaffs for trainers with whom he had combined for a victory earlier on the card. In a $16,000 conditioned pace, Carlson and the Bettor's Delight sophomore filly Dark Force worked out a two-hole trip, rallied up the inside to a midstretch lead, and then held off a late charge by 53-1 shot Thrillonthebeach to be a half-length good on the money in 1:54.2. Ross Croghan is the conditioner of the victorious three-year-old for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. In a $14,500 conditioned pace, the McArdle filly Lispatty ran her lifetime win ratio to 25% (24 for 96) and pushed her earnings to $625,265 with a 2½ length win in 1:52.1. Carlson let the early speed sort itself out, then sent Lispatty to the lead under the wire the first time around; from there she had little trouble, marching home in 28 to be safely clear for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The hard-hitting Donato Hanover gelding Tyson recorded his second triumph in his last three starts in winning the $18,000 trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon, making every pole a winning one in 1:54. Driver Andrew McCarthy got Tyson to the lead passing the 28 quarter, then set middle fractions of 57.2 and 1:25.3, with Crazy About Pat in the pocket and Casa Palmera moving first-over from third before the latter call. In the lane the sharp winner maintained a 1¾ length margin over Crazy About Pat, with Casa Palmera another two lengths in third. Tyson won for the ninth time in 2018, pushing his earnings this year to $116,625 and $213,800 lifetime. Ed Gannon Jr. trains Tyson, the 3-5 favorite, and he co-owns him with Frank Canzone. In the $14,500 "Trottin' Thursday" co-feature at Harrah's, Rock Of Cashel was a 3 1/4 length winner in 1:54.2 winner for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Mark Harder, and owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Jeffrey Ruch. The veteran son of Majestic Son, now a career winner of $598,228, retucked in the pocket down the backstretch behind pacesetting favorite Make It A Double, then easily passed that one in the lane for his third victory in his last four trips behind the gate. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - At Harrah's Philadelphia, "Trix" isn't for kids - but she might be for the Open mares class soon, as the Bettor's Delight mare Bettor Trix N remained undefeated in four North American starts after a 1:53.2 triumph in the $17,000 distaff featured pace Wednesday. Driver Tim Tetrick, a three-time winner on the day, sent Bettor Trix N to the lead just past the 27.4 quarter, then got a rest of 57.2 to the half before the sophomore miss Mink Pink ranged alongside to challenge. Mink Pink got by Bettor Trix N before the 1:24.3 3/4s, but Tetrick kept the Kiwi import's mind on her game, and she rallied in the stretch to catch Mink Pink for a 1½ length victory. Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and owners Donna Pollucci and Jo Ann Looney King do know a thing or two about imported New Zealand mares, as they are all part of Team Shartin N as well. There were three $16,000 co-featured events on the card - one for male pacers, and two for trotters. In the pace, Macadoodledoo, who has been performing well against stakes company, quarter-moved to command and posted a 1:52.4 victory for driver George Napolitano Jr. (coming off 15 wins in four cards at Pocono), trainer Mark Silva, and owner Jeffrey Snyder. He's Electric was second behind the winning son of Somebeachsomewhere, two lengths back; another neck behind was Talbotcreekwhiskey, who is in a Breeders Crown elimination in the 3PC category on Saturday. Talbotcreekwhiskey's shedrow neighbor in the barn of trainer Luc Blais, the Cantab Hall filly Ex Hanover, had more success over the Philly oval, taking the first division of the trot co-feature while lowering her mark to 1:55.3. Daniel Dube had to go first-over with the sophomore, but she was determined in the stretch and defeated Armageddon Seelster by a half-length for the Determination ownership entity. In the second trot, the Muscle Massive three-year-old gelding Meadowbranch Ricky made the lead at the quarter for driver Tony Morgan, then withstood a long first-over bid from Fashion Forever to be a 2¼ length winner, lowering his lifetime mark by a fifth by hitting the wire in 1:54.3. Jenny Melander conditions the winenr for owner Hans Enggren. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Heavily-favored Skippin By, intimidating the field by virtue of her 1:50.1 victory last week, was the only major leaver and stole a 1:53 victory in the $18,000 featured pace for mares at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday. True, it was a cool 62 degrees at the riverside oval Friday - but in 67-degree weather last Friday, Skippin By went fractions of 27, 55.3, and 1:23, adding on a 27.1 last quarter in a blowout victory, In this event, George Napolitano Jr, sent the daughter of Shadow Play to early command and set slightly-more pedestrian fractions of 28, 56, and 1:24 - and then had to chase her the length of the stretch to maintain a healthy margin, which at the wire was 1 1/2 lengths over the noted closer Penpal. Skippin By has had a giant 2018 already, with seven wins and seven seconds in 26 starts, with earnings of $110,900 for trainer Nick Surick and the ownership of Cornerstone Stock Farm. Lifetime, Skippin By has 33 victories and a bankroll of $877,409. In the $14,500 cofeatured mares pace, the Ashlee's Big Guy mare Royal Knockout joined a dynamic outer tier from last, then swept by in the lane to record a $91.00 upset in 1:53.2. Tony Morgan, second on the alltime winningest North American drivers list, timed his late charge well to raise the mare's earnings to $466,073 for trainer Michael Posner and owners Michael and Adrienne Selis. Western Canada's top pacing filly of 2016-2017, with 16 wins in 18 starts and earnings over $250,000, was an unlucky 0-for-13 at four after coming south of the border - but all it took was a California trainer and a New Zealand driver to get her home first at Philly on Friday. Yoga Pants, a daughter of Sportswriter, finally found the U.S. winners circle in her 14th start of the year for trainer Lou Pena, driver Dexter Dunn, and the Wish Me Luck Stables LLC of Gap PA - which is 42 miles from Harrah's in Chester PA, slightly closer than the 2950 miles from Vancouver, the distaff's base when north of the border. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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