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CHESTER, PA – Over a Harrah’s Philadelphia harness racing oval not friendly to closing horses, the Sweet Lou sophomore colt Hellabalou made a startling 2021 debut on Wednesday, winning an $11,200 co-featured pace in 1:51.1, covering his own last half officially in :53. Hellabalou was third-over as pacesetter Step On The Gas attempted to take his third in his last four, but when driver Andrew McCarthy sent him wide early on the backstretch to circle dull cover, he responded with a sizzling :25.4 individual third quarter, kept going around the first-over to get in a challenging position on the far turn, and then paced away to a 1¾ length victory over a very good Step On The Gas. Hellabalou, who took a new mark here, showed promise early as a freshman with a win in an Arden Downs Stake on Adios Day at The Meadows, but then his fortunes went south and he was stopped with around Labor Day. Trainer Eddie Dennis was in the sulky when Hellabalou qualified in 1:54.2 – 27.2 for his qualifier, and now owner Eric Good finds himself with at least a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes prospect, if not more. HELLABALOU REPLAY   In the other co-feature for pacers, Montrell Teague sent Nextmovebestmove, an altered son of Mr Wiggles who had won the only race of his career the year before, out to the lead, then kept him going to the wire to lower his mark to 1:53.4 for trainer Clyde Francis and owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and David Collins. NEXTMOVEBESTMOVE REPLAY   If this pattern and general cast of characters seems reminiscent, that’s because the story of Nextmovebestmove parallels one of a horse named Wiggle It Jiggleit – who would win his first ten starts in his second campaign and go on to become a legend. Nextmovebestmove is now four and won his only start at three after missing all his freshman season, but if he could develop anywhere near his illustrious stablemate, … In the $11,200 feature for trotters, Ginger Tree Knox showed steady improvement throughout the last three-eighths of a mile, catching first-over Real McCoy while reducing his record to 1:56.1. Andrew McCarthy, top driver on the day with three successes, guided the Bar Hopping gelding for trainer Steve Cook and the partnership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Double D Racing Stable, and Reber-Chesen Stable. “Trottin’ Thursday”’s card at Harrah’s Philly will feature fast and competitive races among the veterans of the racing wars and the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow. First post is at 12:25 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - It's not very often, if not unprecedented, that a track's "Late Double" in Tuesday morning qualifiers is won by a pair of Breeders Crown champions, much less Crown champion stablemates, but such was the case here with four-year-olds Sandbetweenmytoes and Next Level Stuff for trainer Jim Campbell at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Somebeachsomewhere - Galleria gelding Sandbetweenmytoes, last seen at the pari-mutuels beating Horse of the Year Tall Dark Stranger while paying $409.80 to win in their Crown event at Harrah's Hoosier Park, followed up on a 1:55.3 qualifying triumph here last week with a 1:53 victory despite a "good +1" surface Tuesday. Driver Scott Zeron was a three-time winner on the morning; Campbell, who sent out four winners during the a.m. session, looks to have this one ready for facing the older stock for Fashion Farms LLC. The Sebastian K S distaff Next Level Stuff stepped her own last half in :57.2 in a 1:55.4 win for Campbell, Zeron, and the Runthetable Stables in her initial racetrack appearance since her Indiana victory. Her dam Nantab got a production double credit as the sophomore Creatine gelding Take All Comers, a 1:52.3 winner at two, came home in :56.4 to draw away in a 2:00.3 mile for Campbell, Runthetable, and driver David Miller. Another sophomore worth noting was the Somebeachsomewhere - Swinging Beauty gelding Whichwaytothebeach, who stepped his own last half in :55.4 in a 1:55.4 triumph. Andrew McCarthy guided the Brett Pelling trainee, who won in 1:51.1f at two, for owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. -- Meadows invader Whos Better ($5.20) made easy work of his six rivals in Sunday afternoon's (April 11) featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, an $11,600 high-level conditioned pace. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding used the entirety of a :27 first quarter mile to clear 33-1 long shot Last Gunfighter for control of the terms. Once in front, Whos Better faced nary a challenge, steadily widening his margin of clearance and defeating Last Gunfighter by four lengths in 1:51.2. Hereittiz narrowly held off a belated rally from Jack's Shadow to finish third.   WHOS BETTER REPLAY     Dexter Dunn, whose three wins on the 12-race program were matched only by Tim Tetrick, drove 15-time winner Whos Better for owner-trainer Jean Rastetter. In the co-featured $11,600 distaff pace, Crazy Cute ($3.40) stole a :57.3 first half before throwing down a :55.3 final half for a 1-1/2 length victory over Eclipse Me N. George Napolitano Jr. drove the 5-year-old daughter of Art Major for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen and the partnership of Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and Barbara Arnstine. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (April 14), with the first of 14 races due off at 12:25 p.m. ET. by James Witherite for Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The pairing of "Down Under wonders," Australian Andrew McCarthy and New Zealander Kelvin "Red" Harrison, were the top newsmakers at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, with McCarthy driving five straight winners on the card, and Harrison training four of them. Three of the four Harrison trainees that McCarthy guided to victory - Bigonpersonality N, Persimmon A, and Claytons Bettor N - were their race's favorite, and their fourth combination, Bettor Trix N, was a second choice. McCarthy's fifth winner, Eddard Hanover, was also a second choice for trainer Jeff Cullipher; all of the victorious quintet raced on the engine except for Bettor Trix N, who was a pocket rocket. McCarthy might have added to his totals, but he left southeastern Pennsylvania after the ninth race to drive in an early Blue Chip Series race at Yonkers. Nevertheless, he is tied with Marcus Miller at the top win spot in the drivers standings with seven triumphs; Harrison is king of the hill on the trainers side with five wins at the meet. A pair of $11,200 paces for younger horses were the top purse events of the day. In the section for distaffs, the Western Ideal mare Avaya Hanover rallied from the two-hole for driver Marcus Miller to overhaul favorite Break The Deal in 1:53.4 for trainer/owner Cote Keim, while the male group was fronted from the quarter by the American Ideal gelding Mancount, who took a new mark of 1:51.3 for driver Anthony Napolitano and trainer/owner Trevor Stafford. Both Miller and Napolitano put together driving triples at Philly on Friday. AVAYA HANOVER REPLAY   The twelve-year-old McArdle stallion Mcerlean became harness racing's newest millionaire when he won for Andrew McCarthy's brother Todd. Trained by Darran Cassar for Muscara Racing Trust, Mcerlean moved his lifetime tally to $1,004,130 -- $942.507 of that for the Muscara family -- with his 47th career victory. MCERLEAN REPLAY   The best card of the young reason season will be held at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, with half of the races not out of place as a feature event at most ovals. First post will be at 12:40 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Yonkers harness rawcing invader Hill Of A Horse made short work of a good field in the $14,400 featured trot at Harrah's Philadelphia Thursday afternoon, moving to the lead in front of the grandstand and then stepping home in :56 flat to stop the timer in 1:55.2. Reduced to a field of five with the scratch of the fast mare Refined, the headliner saw Armagedon Seelster get top early positioning from his outside starting slot (the #1 berth from which to leave at Philly), with Hill Of A Horse and driver Marcus Miller briefly settling behind that one to the :28.2 quarter, then brushing to command and stealing a soft half of :59.2. They would have needed wings to catch the 2-5 favorite from there, with the Muscle Hill gelding hitting the three-quarters in 1:27.4 and then powering home in :27.3, 4¼ lengths clear of Armagedon Seelster, who held second over Bluebird Jesse. Trained by Erv Miller for Andray Farms, Hill Of A Horse surpassed the quarter-million dollar career plateau with the triumph, his figure now $255,912. HILL OF A HORSE REPLAY   In the $12,800 co-feature for developing trotters, the photo finish camera could not separate frontstepping favorite Manatlas and gritty first-over mare Heat Wave Hanover, who tied for the 1:55 victory. Manatlas, an E L Titan gelding, had last been second to Hambletonian winner Forbidden Pleasure in the 2019 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final before a comeback victory at Dover last week; Mark MacDonald drove him here for trainer Wayne Givens and the partnership of Legacy Racing of DE Inc., Reggie Hazzard II, and Gary Calloway. Heat Wave Hanover, a daughter of Sebastian K S, showed her determination by battling to the dead heat for the sister-brother team of trainer Jennifer and driver Joe Bongiorno and owner Robert Weinstein. DEAD HEAT FINISH REPLAY   Friday's action at Harrah's Philly starts at 12:25 p.m.; program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Developing younger harness racing horses were featured on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with an $11,200 event for both male pacers and for trotters. Hall of Fame driver David Miller took the shortest way home to triumph in both features, coming up the inside after front-end battles. On the pace, the Well Said gelding Step On The Gas had the inside seas part for him after favorites Jollity and Miki U So Fine dueled, with clear sailing for Miller as he put a new mark of 1:52.4 on the pacer. The winner is now 2-for-3 since entering the Ron Burke stable for owner Shannon Murphy. STEP ON THE GAS REPLAY   It was deja vu all over again for Miller behind the Muscle Massive gelding Keystone Thunder in the trotting headliner. Horse and driver followed along behind Gerard and favored Boom City as they traded the lead, then came home steadily to get the decision in 1:57.1, also taking a new speed badge for trainer Joseph Eisenhower Sr. and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. Those bettors who relied on the active driver with the most money earned in the sulky were rewarded with $20.20 on Step On The Gas and $28.00 on Keystone Thunder. KEYSTONE THUNDER REPLAY   Trainer Nancy Takter looks like she has yet another nice trotter, although this one comes from an unconventional route, through France and Ireland. The mare Eva Dairpet FR was reserved off cover by driver Dexter Dunn (who topped drivers with three wins), then tipped wide and finished full of trot to win her North American bow in 1:53.3. Alan Wallace of Dublin, Ireland owns the promising distaff, now with six wins and three seconds in 17 lifetime starts. Harrah's will be racing on Thursday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Sandbetweenmytoes made his first racetrack appearance of 2021 during a qualifier at Harrah's Philadelphia Tuesday, and interestingly, he finished in the same position as in his last race - first - but he finished on the opposite side of the harness racing track - against the inside, as opposed to his dramatic wide charge to upset Horse of the Year Tall Dark Stranger in the Breeders Crown at Hoosier. Park The four-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding tucked in third early in a field of six for driver Scott Zeron and sat behind slow fractions of :29.3 and :59.2. Zeron was on the move down the backstretch with a :27.4 burst to clear to the lead before the 1:27.4 three-quarters, and the star pacer tacked on another :27.4 coming home to be well-clear in 1:55.3 for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC, who are undoubtedly looking forward to the battles in the older ranks with their pacer. Campbell had a training triple during the morning session, as did Julie Miller, in her case teaming with driver Tyler Miller for her barn's three successes. Fastest mile in the a.m. set came from one of trainer/driver Eddie Dennis's two winners, the Sweet Lou sophomore colt Hellabalou, who went wire-to-wire in 1:54.2, with back fractions of :55.2 - :27.2 posted by the 1:53 winner of a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at two. FINISHING LINES - Video of qualifiers for both Philly and Pocono will be posted afterwards on the www.phha.org website this year, in order that "deep" handicappers may bring that factor into their reasoning. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - Harrah's Philadelphia opened for its 2021 harness racing season on Friday, and it didn't take long for the 5/8-mile oval to revert to constantly rewarding the use of speedy race tactics, as in the twelve races eight winners were on the lead at the three-quarters and three were in the pocket. The other one was second to Papi Rob Hanover in his last start. The Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure four-year-old horse Father Nuno, the full brother to Captaintreacherous, was going for his first purse since the 2019 Governor's Cup Final. "Nuno" was unhurried early by driver George Napolitano, Jr. in the $12,800 curtainraiser's finale, moving his horse outside from fourth at the half, and the grinding journey against pacesetter P L Munson (:27.4, :56.2, 1:24.2) didn't bother the $360,000 yearling as he drew away in the stretch to win by 4 3/4 lengths in 1:53.1 on a cool day. This may be the first start in a redemptive campaign for the royally-bred stallion, who is owned and trained by brothers John and Tom Cancelliere. FATHER NUNO REPLAY   Otherwise, the determination of the drivers to get the lead and hold it if at all possible was reflected in the $11,600 co-featured pace, as there were two horses parked past the quarter in a six-horse field. Favored Rock The Town and driver Anthony Napolitano kept High Impression out in the air in a :27.1 quarter, with JK Musicman maintaining the pocket and Joesstar of Mia A ducking in off cover past the initial station. Rock The Town kept the lead to the half in :55.2, with High Impression finally getting to the rail midrace after JK Musicman broke, but the early exertion caused him to back off badly before the 1:24 three-quarters. Joesstar of Mia A continued a game pursuit of the leader, but he came up a half-length shy at the 1:52.3 finish against the winning altered son of Rocknroll Hanover, now a winner of two straight for trainer Darren Taneyhill and owner Mark Jakubik. Two-time Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn won three races on the card, with George Napolitano Jr. and Tim Tetrick, the local 2020 winningest driver and top UDR driver respectively, visiting Victory Lane twice. Trainer Jeff Cullipher was the only conditioner to send out two winning charges. The bettors were very sharp on Opening Day, with nine favorites and three second choices providing plenty of ticketcashing. Harrah's Philadelphia will not host a live card this Sunday, Easter Sunday, but after that the southeast Pennsylvania track's "regular schedule" kicks in, with racing on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 12:25 p.m. and Sunday at 12:40 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia    

CHESTER, PA - A twelve-race card has been drawn for Friday's opening program of the 2021 harness racing season at Harrah's Philadelphia, which will begin at 12:25 p.m. The richest purse race on the day will be the last event on the program, a $12,800 pace for up-and-coming male horses. Father Nuno, fastest winner during the inaugural qualifying session here last Friday at 1:53.3, will be looking to make up for lost time as he starts from post four for driver George Napolitano Jr. and the brother team of trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere: he has not raced in 497 days, since he was second to Papi Rob Hanover in the 2019 Governor's Cup final. Father Nuno is a full brother to world champion Captaintreacherous. The $11,600 fast-class co-featured pace, slotted for race six, will see Rock The Town (post one) and Joesstar Of Mia A (post four), who were 1-2 in the fastest mile of last week at Pocono, 1:50.3, taking on High Impression (post two), second to the blooming star Nicholas Beach last time out. Harrah's Philly will race on a four-day-a-week schedule of Wednesday-Thursday-Friday at 12:25 and Sunday at 12:40; the one exception in the month of April will come immediately after this inaugural card, as Philly will not host live racing this Sunday, Easter Sunday. A revamped, aggressive wagering schedule, aiming to give patrons the opportunity for more big-money payouts, has been put in place. There will be two Pick-4s, both with 15% takeout and a 50-cent base, on Sunday comprising the first four and last four races; and a Pick-5 (18% takeout, 50-cent base) will be offered on races five through nine. The Super Hi-5 wager, also with 15% takeout and a 50-cent base, will replace the Jackpot Hi-5s and be offered on the third, ninth, and last races. The new Super Hi-5 will pay out if a winning combination has been sold, but there will be a carryover if there are no winning tickets, as will be the cases with Superfectas (which along with Trifectas will carry a lower takeout this season) and all Pick-3/4/5s. The Harrah's Philadelphia driving colony, which can go with any group in North America, is scheduled to include on Opening Day George Napolitano Jr., the defending dash champion; last year's UDR king Tim Tetrick; Yannick Gingras, the only other driver besides Napolitano and Tetrick to win a Philly driving championship after the track's first year; and two-time North American/USHWA Driver of the Year Dexter Dunn. On the training side, 2020 champion and perennial North American powerhouse Ron Burke will send out Sailboat Hanover and High Impression in the featured events. Program pages for Harrah's Philadelphia racing will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The harness racing trotters and pacers went behind the starting gate at Harrah's Philadelphia for the first time in 2021 on Friday, with eight qualifiers held a week before the track's Opening Day of Friday, April 2. The fastest winner was the full brother to Captaintreacherous, the Somebeachsomewhere - Worldly Treasure four-year-old Father Nuno, who won in 1:53.3 under the guidance of George Napolitano Jr. for trainer Tom and owner/brother John Cancelliere. The royally-bred pacer's last purse start was in the Governor's Cup as a two-year-old, where he was second to Papi Rob Hanover; he qualified twice in June last year but never started, and this was his first racetrack appearance since those qualifiers. The wife/husband team of driver Jackie and trainer Frank Ingrassia signaled their barn was ready for the start of the Philly season by sending out two trotters who wired their fields: the Andover Hall sophomore colt Ceffyl Dwr, a stakes winner at two, who won in 1:58.2, and the veteran Crazed gelding Izoh, home in 1:58. Jackie Ingrassia shares ownership of Ceffyl Dwr (named after a magical horse in Welsh folklore) with Donna Franchetti and Thomas Doran; that combination also owns Izoh along with Arden Homestead Stable. There will be qualifiers at Harrah's again next Tuesday, with declarations due by 10 a.m. on Monday. Next Tuesday also will be the day of the first draw of the year, for the Friday, April 2 card, with entries for this program due by 9 a.m. The basic schedule at Harrah's Philadelphia will remain Wednesday-Thursday-Friday racing at 12:25 p.m., and Sunday racing at 12:40 p.m. One immediate variation in that schedule will come on Sunday, April 4, Easter Sunday, when there will not be a live card. Program pages will be available throughout the meet at https://www.phha.org. From the PHHA/The Downs

Horsemen should be advised of the following harness racing draw schedule for Harrah's Philadelphia: Draw day -- Race day Tuesday -- Friday Wednesday -- Sunday Thursday -- Wednesday Friday -- Thursday The entry box closes at 9:00 a.m. all mornings. Qualifiers will be held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m., with entries accepted on Sunday mornings until 11:00 a.m. The 2021 Opening Day program is slated for Friday, April 2, with first post at 12:25 p.m. From the Harrah's Philadelphia Race Office

CHESTER, PA - Harness racing horsemen are reminded that Harrah's Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack will hold pre-meet qualifiers on March 26 (Friday) and March 30 (Tuesday) mornings, with first post at 10:00 a.m. each day. Entries will be accepted the day prior on both occasions, with the box scheduled to close at 11:00 a.m. Following the April 2nd Opening Day card, qualifiers will be held weekly on Tuesdays, with entries accepted on Sunday mornings until 12:00 noon. Horsemen are once again reminded to provide the Race Office with all applicable health documents for their horses, including Coggins and rabies paperwork dated 2021 and a health certificate from the last 30 days. They may be faxed to the race office at 484.490.2230. Additionally, racing applications are available through the Harrah's Philadelphia website: www.harrahsphilly.com, and following the "Horsemen" link. by Barry Brown, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- Horseplayers will be greeted by a refreshed, bettor-friendly harness racing wagering menu when Harrah's Philadelphia opens their 2021 season on April 2. The new menu features two Pick-4 wagers on each card, retaining the 50-cent base wager and low 15% takeout from seasons past. On a typical 14-race program, the Pick-4s will begin in races one and 10; on shorter programs, the Pick-4s will comprise the first four and last four races. A new Pick-5 wager will be introduced, covering races five through nine on each program and featuring a 50-cent base wager and an 18% takeout. The daily 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 has been removed from the menu in favor of three non-jackpot Super Hi-5 wagers on each card, to be offered in the third, ninth, and final races with a 50-cent base wager and a 15% takeout. In a unique twist, Super Hi-5 pools will carry over in their entirety in the event of no winning tickets, as will superfecta (offered in all races without a Hi-5), Pick-3, Pick-4 and Pick-5 pools. "We're excited to offer players a more friendly wagering menu," said Barry Brown, director of racing operations at Harrah's Philadelphia. "In this day and age, carryovers have become a focus among players, and our new menu creates the opportunity for those carryovers to build." Additionally, the takeout rates on trifecta and superfecta wagers have been reduced from 30% and 32%, respectively, to 26%, increasing the ability for players to find value in those pools, as well. "We wanted to get our trifecta and superfecta takeouts in line with other jurisdictions and some of the other Pennsylvania racetracks," Brown continued. In terms of handicapping resources, the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen's Association is providing past performance pages all season long by way of their website. For the novice and seasoned player alike, the popular The Players' Guide tip sheet returns for its fifth season, published both in the on-track program and at the-players-guide.com. As in recent seasons, racing will take place at Harrah's Philadelphia primarily on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons at 12:25 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 12:40 p.m. The 150-day meeting will run through Dec. 26.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. -- Windsun Ricky ($16.20) circled four-wide off the home turn and vaulted to a 1:50.4 victory in the $14,400 top-level featured pacing event on Sunday's (Dec. 27) closing day harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 4-year-old American Ideal gelding waited well behind a contested pace before Dexter Dunn angled him third-over into a :54.1 first half. As Peace Out Posse advanced to engage pacesetter Joesstar Of Mia A through three-quarters in 1:22.1, Dunn fanned Windsun Ricky four-wide -- and he cascaded down the grandstand side to win by a widening 1-1/4 lengths. I'm Some Graduate (Yannick Gingras) was out-kicked off cover yet held second over Major Pocket (David Miller), who rallied widest of all for third. Windsun Ricky's victory was his third in eight starts for owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. and trainer Paul Stafford, and the 10th of his career. Tim Tetrick led all drivers with four wins on the 14-race program. Windsun Ricky In the fifth race, Pyro ($2.40) led a 3-5-4-8-1 Jackpot Hi-5 combination that returned $238.30 to multiple backers on a 20-cent base wager. The closing day Hi-5 featured a $17,401.98 carryover and a mandatory payout. Racing is slated to return to Harrah's Philadelphia in April 2021. Full details regarding the 2021 season will be published on the Harrah's Philadelphia website (https://www.caesars.com/harrahs-philly/racing) as they are made available.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, Pa. -- There will be a mandatory payout in the Jackpot Hi-5 at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 27), which is the final harness racing program of the 2020 season. The Hi-5, which is offered in the fifth race each day, boasts a $17,401.98 carryover. The 20-cent base wager carries a low 15% takeout, and the carryover is typically only disbursed in the event of one unique winning ticket. Due to Sunday's mandatory payout, the carryover and all "new money" wagered (less takeout) will be paid out to all players who successfully choose the first five finishers in order. Post time for the first of 14 races on the closing day program is 12:40 p.m. EST.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - With the whole harness racing world watching Thursday afternoon, Harrah's Philadelphia conducted its usual "Trottin' Thursday" cad with a deluxe twist - all fourteen races were for horses on the diagonal gait. In the first of two $12,800 feature races, the Sebastian K sophomore filly Heat Wave Hanover brushed to the lead under the finish wire the first time and held the advantage to the end of the 1:56.2 mile for the driver/trainer brother/sister team of Joe and Jennifer Bongiorno. First-over Hunting As was three-quarters of a length behind the winner, who has now taken three of her last five starts for Robert Weinstein. Another three-year-old filly was victorious in the other co-feature, as the Father Patrick miss Context overcame first-over duty in winning by 1¾ lengths over closer President in 1:56.1. Yannick Gingras, a four-time winner on the afternoon, drove the Anette Lorentzon trainee, who has now won four in a row for Jorgen Jahre Jr. Gingras was also behind the Yankee Glide gelding Max, who raced on the lead most of the way en route to a 1:55.1 victory in the $11,600 top fast-class feature for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino. The victory also clinched the 2020 training win title for Ron Burke, five ahead after battling defending champion Gilbert Garcia-Owen throughout the last part of the season. It was Burke's ninth local title, and also marks the first time he posted a "Pennsylvania sweep" - sending out the most successful horses at The Meadows, Pocono, and now Philly. Sunday's closing-day card of the 2020 season will feature a mandatory distribution of the Jackpot Hi-5 pool, which will carry $17,000+ in "free money" that will have to be divided among successful bettors. PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia

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