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CHESTER PA – The Jim Campbell stable was certainly primed for the Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as four of its members won their a.m. events, all owned by Fashion Farms. Last year’s million-dollar winner Crystal Fashion, now four, went his own third quarter in 27.4 to sweep his field in 1:57 for driver Tim Tetrick. The Cantab Hall gelding had won a qualifier a tick slower last week. Two three-year-old trotting fillies won for Campbell. An intriguing one is Millie’s Possession, a daughter of Possess The Will out of Fashion Athena, a $300,000+ winner who won in 1:53.2 at two. Millie’s Possession did not race at two, and went in 2:03.1 in her first line last week, but today she came home in 28.3 for Dexter Dunn to win in 1:56.2. Her likely stakes compatriot is the Donato Hanover miss Jazzy Fashion, home in 1:57.1 for David Miller  Miller also handled the fourth winner for Campbell, the Chapter Seven sophomore gelding Chapter Fashion, who opened a big lead and reported home first in 1:56.1. Other qualifiers of note: --        The Heston Blue Chip filly Zero Tolerance, second in the Breeders Crown and Three Diamonds last year, who came his own last split in 27.2 to win in 1:53.1, with Miller up for trainer Joe Holloway; --       Another sophomore pacing filly, the Somebeachsomewhere distaff Trillions Hanover, who caught New York Sire Stakes champion Money Shot Hanover at the end of a 1:54.3 mile for Miller (he had four wins on the day) and trainer Tom Fanning;  --      The Muscle Hill colt Prospect Hill, at one point a winner of seven of eight in his freshman form before tailing off at the end of the year, looking good with a 1:57 wire-to-wire win for Andy and Julie Miller; ·        And the Mach Three mare Shebang N, winner of her last five starts in 2018, and today rallying from the two-hole in 1:53.4 for Dexter Dunn and trainer Nifty Norman.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - The Big Jim gelding Tiger Thompson roared to the fastest mile of the young season at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon, fronting a good field at every call to win the $18,000 harness racing pacing feature in 1:50.1. Dexter Dunn got the strong Kiwi-bred to the lead before a 26.1 quarter despite the outside post seven, then got a breather to the half in 56. There was no catching the Tiger after that, by the tail or by anything else, as he streaked home in 54.1 - 26.4 to be 2¾ lengths clear of pocketsitter and countrymate Crockets Cullen N for his second straight win. (Yes, if you toss out that 29.4 second quarter, Tiger Thompson paced his other ¾ of a mile in 1:20.2.) Joshua Parker trains the razor-sharp Tiger, and he shares ownership in him with Nanticoke Racing Inc., Stephen Messick, and Prestige Stable. The top pacing mares event on the card, a $14,500 contest, also fell to Team Dunn / Parker, as Better Decision N followed the example of her stablemate and set sail on the lead, winning for the fifth time in her last eight starts, here in 1:53. A daughter of Bettor's Delight, Better Decision N blitzed home in 55.4 for trainer/co-owner Parker, Nanticoke Racing, and Donna Messick. And while they were at it, trainer/owner Parker, driver Dunn, Nanticoke, and Prestige thought they might as well take the other $14,500 high-level conditioned pace, with the pocketsitting Live Or Die gelding Robbie Burns N having his plans to catch pacesetting Great Vintage not go awry by a neck in 1:52.1; Barry Spedden is also co-owner of this winner. The $16,000 top trot saw Spee Club force wholesale tucks with an alert start from the rail, then continue on unpassed until crossing the wire in 1:56, tying his personal best. The son of Cantab Hall was driven to his second straight victory by Art Stafford Jr. for trainer D. Erin Neilson, co-owner with David Neilson. While it doesn't quite yet have the Saturday night appeal of its counterpart 100 miles up the Northeast Pennsylvania Turnpike Extension, the Philly claiming box got a lot of use today. Because of Sunday being dark for Easter, more claiming events than usual - five - were put on the Philly card, with every selling race seeing at least one horse change hands, and a total of eight claims totaling up to $109,000. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER PA - Tag Up And Go and Watkins emerged as the harness racing winners of the joint $14,500 features during the "Trottin' Thursday" program at Harrah's Philadelphia. Tag Up And Go enjoyed a drop in class, pointing right to the front for driver Marcus Miller and never locking back through splits of 28. 57, 1:25.1, and 1:53.4. Seven Iron raced in the pocket and stayed closest to the winner, but he was still 2¾ lengths behind under the line to the victorious Angus Hall gelding, who now has 42 wins and $560,466 to his lifetime credit. Rob Harmon trains the winner for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro. The 12-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding Watkins visited Victory Lane for the 50th time in his career, and boosted his earnings to $913,385, by winning in 1:55.2 in the other co-feature. David Miller was able to delay a first-over move until well past the 5/8, and the graybeard just kept rolling from there, leaving P L Icabod, who was on his back, a neck behind on the money for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. The Cantab Hall-Frau Blucher sophomore filly made her 2019 debut a successful in a $14,000 contest, stopping the clock in 1:56.4 for a new mark. Andrew McCarthy, who had four driving successes on the card, kept the Nancy Johansson trainee in third-over position, then showed enough sweep in the last quarter to be three lengths clear at the wire for Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises LLC and Rojan Stables. The filly's dam was one of the best Pennsylvania Sire Stakes performers of all time, and this seasonal bow could set the stage for her daughter to go on to great success. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - Harness racing driver Corey Callahan got career driving win number 6000 on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, breaking the maiden of the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Don't Judge A Book with a 1:56.1 victory and then surviving the very late drama of an inquiry, which determined that his horse made a break just after the wire, allowing the milestone victory to stand. The 40-year-old Callahan has won over 350 races and in excess of $5 million every year since 2009, with his best season coming in 2015, when he was fifth in North America in victories (636) and money ($9,812,464). Career-wise, the trotters and pacers he has guided have bankrolled $86.7 million. 1-5 pacesetting favorite Mach It So was unable to hold off the late bid of pocket rocket Cruise Patrol by a head in 1:51.1 in the $14,500 fast-class pacing feature. Mach It So, a winner of $2,768,167 going into the contest, took the early lead then yielded it to Cruise Patrol before the 27.1, only to regain midway in quarter two, which saw the timer lock on 56. Mach It So kept the lead through the 1:23.1 3/4s, but on the far turn driver George Napolitano Jr. started edging out Cruise Patrol, a son of Bettor's Delight who had already won in 1:50.4 (on the engine) at the meet, and in the lane the pacesetter was gallant but the pocketsitter was fresher, taking a head decision for trainer Mike and owner Colleen Dowdall. The Somebeachsomewhere four-year-old gelding Closing Statement, third in his Breeders Crown at age two but suffering a lost season in 2018, won for the first time in 572 days, and posting a snappy clocking of 1:51.3 in circling his field late for driver Dexter Dunn. Closing Statement had qualified back well for this, his 2019 debut, and maybe the form evident at two but dormant at three will emerge this year for trainer Mark Harder and owner Glenn Goller. Tim Tetrick won five times on the card to take over the early meet lead in sulky victories, having 25 to George Napolitano's 23. Of course, it's hardly surprising to see these two fighting for driving honors at Philly - after Cat Manzi won the initial Harrah's dash crown in 2006, it's been either Napolitano or Tetrick visiting Victory Lane the most in every season at Philly, with George holding a 7-5 advantage in that category. It is a bit surprising to realize that between them, Tetrick and Napolitano have won 41% of the races held at Philly so far this year (48 of 117 contests). PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - During a mild Tuesday morning harness racing qualifying session at Harrah's Philadelphia, many stakes horses at two put in good prep races for their upcoming season, but it was a pair of horses turning four that drew the spotlight. Lather Up went coast-to-coast in his event for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis, hanging up easy fractions of 28.3 and 58, then turning on the speed for back postings of 1:25.2 and 1:53.1. The son of I'm Gorgeous, a major factor in the pacing glamour division all last year, won by 1¾ lengths over New York Sire Stakes champion Rockapelo, who came from Parts Unknown with a 26.2 last quarter to be second. Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Trotter of the Year Crystal Fashion, a million-dollar earner at three and usually right there with the top of his class, stepped home in a personal back half in 56.3 to win going away in 1:57.1, with the Cantab Hall gelding handled by Tim Tetrick for trainer Jim Campbell. All of the three-year-old divisions were represented by horses posting sharp showings: The Cantab Hall colt Klutzy, a stakes winner of his last two starts at two, looked solid with a 1:56.2 win in his first sophomore charted line, stepping home in 57.1 for driver Andy Miller and trainer Julie Miller; Another Cantab Hall offspring, the filly Magical Beliefs, eight times first or second at two while in the thick of stakes company, took her second straight qualifying win at three, this time rallying from the pocket to easily tally in 1:57.4 for Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano; The Bettor’s Delight colt Bettor’s Wish, who earned over a quarter million in his initial campaign with success in the Ontario and Kentucky programs, stepped each of his own back two panels in 28 to complete a 1:53.3 triumph for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder. And the sophomore pacing filly ranks yielded two winners to watch. One was the So Surreal filly So Awesome, who got revenge over Money Shot Hanover for her nose defeat in last year’s NYSS final by winning Tuesday in 1:55.4, using uncovered tactics and pacing home in 56.3 – 27.3 for Tetrick and trainer Scott Di Domenico. The other was the $485G+-winning Zero Tolerance, a daughter of Heston Blue Chip who was second in the Breeders Crown and Three Diamonds; she paced successive 28.1 quarters coming home on the engine to freeze the timer at 1:55.1 for driver David Miller and trainer Joe Holloway. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia

Chester, PA -- Entering from a string of respectable efforts from off the pace in Open company at Dover Downs, a change of tactics proved beneficial for Tiger Thompson N ($3.20) in his Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing debut on Sunday afternoon (April 14), as he delivered a crushing 7-3/4 length blow to his rivals in the featured $18,000 top-level conditioned pace.   "He's been finishing off really well; his last quarters have been really strong," said driver Dexter Dunn of the 6-year-old Big Jim gelding who could only muster a third-place finish in his previous effort at Dover after being hemmed in.   In his local debut, Dunn angled Tiger Thompson N out from third early to brush clear of Bettorever (Tony Morgan) after a sharp :26.3 initial quarter. After clearing with a circuit to go, Tiger Thompson N controlled middle splits of :55.1 and 1:22.2 before drawing off in earnest through the final turn to lead by six at head-stretch. Ultimately, Tiger Thompson N capped his lifetime-best 1:50.3 mile with a :28.1 closing split and plenty of energy in reserve.   "He still had the plugs in; he was doing it pretty easily," Dunn said of Tiger Thompson N's local debut. "He went a strong mile today on the front and hopefully he can keep that form up."   Jack Roger (David Miller) circled a collapsing second flight to take second at 23-1, while Dash Of Danger (Kyle Husted) emerged from last at the top of the stretch to finish third.   Trainer Josh Parker acquired Tiger Thompson N in November along with co-owners Nanticoke Racing Inc., Stephen Messick and the Prestige Stable. So far, the eight-time winner has won three times for his American connections.   For Dunn, the featured win was the cornerstone of a driving hat trick: the New Zealand national also teamed up with Final Justice ($13.00, 1:54.3) and Zampara ($21.00, 1:53.3).   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (April 17), with first post set for 12:25 p.m. Eastern and a $4,507.07 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 in race five.   by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - The $16,000 featured races at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday were a study in contrasts: on the pace, War Crimes made it look really easy as she won her fourth straight harness race in 1:55.1, while on the trot Armageddon Seelster was extended to grind down pacesetter Lucky Shiela by a neck in 1:56. The Western Terror mare War Crimes made two moves in achieving her victory, making the top, forcing a tuck, then surrendering the lead to A Oliveinmymartini to a 27.3 quarter, only to be right out and reclaiming command, then slowing the half to 58.2. Successive 28.2 quarters coming home were enough to keep War Crimes 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Dance For Kisses at the wire for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Josh Green, and Green Racing Inc. as the four-year-old ran her record to 8-for-13 lifetime. There were no fewer than five lead changes before the second turn of the highlighted trot, with Lucky Shiela winding up in front and Armageddon Seelster on her back. In the stretch driver Pat Berry ducked the victorious Muscle Mass gelding to the inside lane and just edged out the gritty leader by a neck for trainer Ron Coyne Jr. and the partnership of Ron Coyne Stables Inc., Blair Corbeil, and Mike Mcallister. The $14,500 co-featured pace for fast-class distaff pacers had an exciting four-across-the-wire finish, with the American Ideal mare Jag Out proving most photogenic in a 1:53.4 mile. Jag Out had the tough first-up grind to surmount, but she proved best by a nose over potential pocket rocket Brazuca, who in turn was a neck ahead of the fast-closing Arts And Flowers, with pacesetting Sweet Bobbie just another neck in back of those three. The meet's leading trainer, Nick Surick, conditions the winner, who pushed her lifetime bankroll to $405,214 for the Nick Surick Stable LLC and J L Benson Stables Inc.; Tim Tetrick again had the winning sulky assignment during a card where he visited Victory Lane five times.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA – The front end continued to be THE place to be at Harrah’s Philadelphia at the start of the third week of the harness racing season, as the Elegant Man gelding Fearless Man used speedy tactics to take the $18,000 featured trot on Thursday in 1:53.3. The young meet’s leading driver, George Napolitano Jr., let longshot Tough Mac streak to the early lead, and then brushed to the top past a lightning 26.2 opening split. The winner of $684,304 just kept gobbling up the racetrack through middle fractions of 55.1 and 1:23.2, with favored Fraser Ridge making steady but not enough forward grinding progress. Fraser Ridge continued to gain through the lane, but Fearless Man had just built up too big an advantage, and the final margin was 1¾ lengths for trainer Andrew Harris and the ownership of Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, and Cool Cat Racing Inc. The National Basketball Association playoffs start this Saturday, and a five-time participant in the NBA postseason, Sam Bowie, owns the winner of Philly’s Thursday $14,500 co-feature, Seven Iron, who equaled his mark of 1:54.2 (the horse’s name is not as much a mixed sports metaphor as you may think – the famous Masters golf tournament is also this weekend). The victorious son of Cantab Hall, a Chris Lakata trainee who has now a bankroll of $241,170, earned his victory “the hard way,” having to go first-over on the speed-favoring oval, but driver Yannick Gingras had plenty of horse late to be 2¾ lengths clear of favored Presidente Zette on the money.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA - Driver Tim Tetrick was at the top of his game on Tuesday morning at Harrah's Philadelphia, winning five times in ten qualifiers, including a sweep with four quality-proven performers. Donttellmeagain, as good as the best harness racing FFA pacers when at his best last year, won his second straight 2019 qualifier, this one in 1:51.4. The Jim King Jr. trainee, an altered son of Dragon Again, moved out of the pocket down the backstretch and covered each of the last two panels in 27.1 to be 2¾ lengths clear of Closing Statement, third as a baby in his Breeders Crown event and on the comeback trail. Caviart Ally, a consensus second-best in the 2018 aged mare ranks behind Shartin N (ironically another Tetrick/King horse), came from last to be third, with her own last quarter in 27. Three-year-old stakes fillies who had had six-figure campaigns at two put in some sharp miles in other events, all under the guidance of the green, yellow, and white. The So Surreal filly So Awesome, a nose shy in her New York Sire Stakes final last year, came home in 27.4 to win in 1:54.1 for Tetrick and trainer Scott DiDomenico, while the "hometown horse," Rockin Philly, lowered her freshman record by a tick, the A Rocknroll Dance filly reporting home first in 1:53.1 - 27.2 for the Donttellmeagain team of Tetrick and King. Tetrick's mastery also extended to the trotting fillies, as the Cantab Hall miss Magical Beliefs, a neck shy in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, came out to win at first crack in 1:57.2 for Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano.   PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Post Time with Mike and Mike, presented by USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce its 2019 live remote schedule. Since its inception, Post Time with Mike and Mike has had many successful live remotes all over North America. Through the first couple of years, Mike and Mike have helped to cover events like the Camluck Classic, Pepsi North America Cup, Hambletonian, Dan Patch Stakes, and the Breeders Crown. The duo’s 2019 schedule is as follows: Saturday, May 31: Camluck Classic Western Fair Raceway, London, ON Saturday, June 15: Pepsi North America Cup, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, ON Saturday, July 13: Meadowlands Pace, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Saturday, August 3: Hambletonian, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Friday, August 9: Dan Patch Stakes, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Anderson, IN Saturday, August 31: Canadian Pacing Derby, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, ON Friday, September 20: Caesars Trotting Classic, Harrah’s Hoosier Park, Anderson, IN Friday, October 25: Breeders Crown, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, ON Saturday, October 26: Breeders Crown, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, ON   The Camluck Classic has kicked off the Mike & Mike schedule over the past three years and continues to be one of the most listened to remotes all year. The storied history behind the Camluck Classic is unprecedented and has featured many great winners including State Treasurer, who won the event three times. In 2018, Rockin Ron came close to being the tracks first sub-1:50 mile with a track record-setting 1:50.1 effort.  “We are pleased to partner with Post Time for our signature event again this season.  The additional distribution and exposure south of the border gives us a big boost,” said Western Fair’s Greg Blanchard. “This will be the second edition of the Camluck Classic (formerly the Molson Pace) and with the switch back to our traditional Friday night time slot we are looking forward to another exciting race and fun-filled night overall.” In 2018, Mike and Mike expanded their Canadian coverage to include the Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. That tradition will continue this year when the pair returns to the famed facility to cover both The Pepsi North America Cup and Canadian Pacing Derby.  Both nights have a lot of history behind them and have produced some of racing’s greatest moments throughout the years. “We’re very happy to welcome back Post Time with Mike & Mike to Woodbine Mohawk Park in 2019,” said Mark McKelvie.  “Michael Carter and Michael Bozich have created a great brand and are a must-listen show, it only makes sense to have their on-site coverage of our marquee events.” Mike and Mike will return to Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the fourth straight year to help cover some of the sport’s top races. The premier events at the Meadowlands are the Meadowlands Pace and the Hambletonian. This will be the third year that the pair will be covering the historic events which have featured some of the best 3-year-old pacing and trotting races of all time. “We are excited once again to work with Mike and Mike to promote our two biggest events the Hambletonian and Meadowlands Pace.  Mike and Mike do an excellent job and we consider this program a plus for our sport,” said Jason Settlemoir of the Meadowlands. Another focus in 2019 will be a return to Harrah’s Hoosier Park where the duo will return for the fourth straight year. In 2018, the pair helped cover the beginning of Lazarus’ career when he scored a victory in the Dan Patch Stakes.  The duo returned in September to witness his second win at Hoosier Park in the Hoosier Pacing Derby.  The duo will cover both the Dan Patch and Pacing Derby, just a couple of Hoosier Park’s many stakes throughout the year. “At Harrah’s Hoosier Park we do everything in our power to make our big nights such as the Dan Patch Stakes, and Caesars Trotting Classic even bigger.  An integral part of that means making sure that Post Time with Mike and Mike is live and reporting from on-track.  As I have said in the past it’s not a big night if Mike & Mike are not there,” said Rick Moore, Vice President and General Manager of Racing at Harrah’s Hoosier Park. The crew joining Mike & Mike will look slightly different in 2019 as Nicholas “Ace” Barnsdale the son of esteemed handicapper Garnet Barnsdale begins work with the show.  The father Barnsdale, Taylor Johnston, and Rich Mattei will also continue to attribute their talents to the program. Jessica Otten who joined Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will provide her expertise during a couple of remotes throughout the season. (Garnet) Barnsdale will help to co-host the Camluck Classic, Pepsi North America Cup, Canadian Pacing Derby, the Hambletonian, and the Breeders Crown. The younger Barnsdale will begin his time with Mike and Mike at the Camluck Classic in London.  Barnsdale is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Journalism program at the Humber College School of Journalism.  “Ace” has always had a keen interest in harness racing and is part-owner in 2-year-old trotting filly Knockdown Dragout who is set to debut this summer. Johnston joined the duo in 2017, helping to co-host the Dan Patch Stakes and filled roles during the Breeders Crown, assisting with paddock interviews. This year, she will join the duo at Harrah’s Hoosier Park for coverage of the Dan Patch Stakes and Caesars Trotting Classic working in the winners’ circle and providing her analysis of the races. Rich “The Natural” Mattei will also be handling some of the handicapping duties for the live events, providing in-depth analysis of the races. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica will feature each of their live remotes on their website at www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or listeners can catch the archive atwww.betamerica.com/BARN.   Michael Carter Social Media and Publicity Coordinator

Chester, PA -- Diamond Creek Racing's Grand Teton ($3.60) kicked his 4-year-old harness racing campaign off with a bang, dismissing the mid-stretch challenge of double millionaire Mach It So for a 1:51 win in the $18,000 featured pace on Sunday (April 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia.   A stakes winner in 1:48.1 at three, the son of A Rocknroll Dance took full advantage of his class edge in the upper-level pacing event, letting Mach It So (David Miller) clear midway on the first turn before surging to the fore at the end of a :27.2 first quarter and pulling the pace back to a :56.1 half.   "I knew the move to make was going to the front," said driver Yannick Gingras.   Grand Teton remained uncontested as he picked up the tempo on the backstretch, posting a 1:23.2 three-quarter split. Off the home turn, Gingras asked Grand Teton for a bit more pace, and the nine-time winner responded immediately. He just as easily turned aside Mach It So's pocket rally with a sixteenth to go, edging away by 2-1/2 lengths. Cruise Patrol (George Napolitano Jr.) narrowly missed second after stalking the top pair throughout.   "I asked him, but then he paced away," Gingras said of when Grand Teton faced his lone challenge of the mile. "He responded and he had some left. He raced really well."   Per Engblom trains Grand Teton, who eclipsed the half-million dollar mark in career earnings.   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday (April 11), with a 14-race card slated for a 12:25 p.m. first post.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - A pair of $16,000 contests for developing younger harness racing horses, one on each gait, were the headliners at Harrah's Philadelphia on a dank Friday afternoon. In the pacing co-feature, which was for mares, War Crimes came home in 55.3, moving from third off the second turn to the lead at the 5/8 and running off to a 4 ½ length victory in 1:53.1. Josh Green conditions the winner of three straight and 7 of 12 starts lifetime for Green Racing Inc. And speaking of "running off," that's exactly what driver Tim Tetrick did after his fourth visit to Harrah's winners circle on the program, going on the dead run in an effort to meet transportation to reach his scheduled commitment in the first race at Yonkers tonight. In the trot, the developing Wishing Stone gelding You Need Stones won his second straight contest, and 11th in 36 career starts, by fronting his field and then holding off the late charge of Northern Credit by a length in 1:56. The winner, owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Carr, and Phil Collura, gave the teaming of driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke its second winner of the afternoon - Gingras had three sulky successes in total on the card, as did Tony Morgan. In the $14,500 top event for fast-class mare pacers, Ella Christina pulled off a rarity at the still-young Harrah's meet - she came off of cover to overhaul the favored pacesetter Slick Artist A in 1:53.3. Tim Tetrick tipped the daughter of Western Ideal three-deep late on the far turn, and she built enough of a head of steam to outclose the chalk by two lengths for Louis Willinger, William Daggett Jr., Lawrence Vukovich, and the J L Benson Stables Inc. The win also gave Nick Surick his second training triumph of the day - he leads Burke by a 7-5 score in the early going here, not quite the 57-win lead over the #2 trainer Surick enjoys at his Freehold base.     PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

CHESTER PA – Donttellmeagain, the last horse to have won a race against 2018 Harness Horse of the Year McWicked (at Dayton in late September), came out sharp in his 2019 bow at Harrah’s Philadelphia in a Tuesday morning qualifier, coming his own back half in 53.4 to trip the timer in 1:52.2. Tim Tetrick was behind the Jim King Jr. harness racing trainee, and the pair got away fifth from the outside seven post, then moved with a backstretch flow and retucked third as Sicily brushed to the lead. Donttellmeagain moved out again in the stretch, but the $500,000+-winning Sicily proved hard to overhaul, but overhauled he finally was by the five-year-old Dragon Again gelding, a neck to the good for Paton Racing Stables Inc. Among the three-year-olds who qualified impressively were: -- The McArdle filly Queen Of The Pride, who won her Ohio Sire Stakes Championship last season, coming home in 27.4 to post a 1:52.4 victory for driver David Miller and trainer Kevin Lare; -- Practical Cat, a Muscle Hill $230,000 yearling, who won handily in 1:55.2 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Per Engblom; -- And the “Philly fillies at Philly,” Pennsylvania Sire Stakes misses Philly Hanover and Rockn Philly, with the former edging the latter by a half-length in 1:56.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Ron Coyne Jr.   PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Chester, PA -- Following a driving grand slam on Friday's (March 29) opening harness racing card at Harrah's Philadelphia, defending driving champion George Napolitano Jr. again asserted his dominance by posting six wins on Sunday afternoon's (March 31) 12-race card.   Cruise Patrol's ($3.00) 1:50.4 win in the eighth race, a $14,500 upper-level conditioned pace, was the cornerstone of Napolitano's six-bagger. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight entire used a :26.4 first quarter to seize command from Dream Out Loud N (Dexter Dunn) before rating a :29.1 second quarter split and powering away up the far side to put three lengths of clearance on his pocket rival. Turning for home, Dream Out Loud N began to close in, but Cruise Patrol ultimately held his ground, driven out to prevail by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.4. Machiavelli (Simon Allard) held third, another 4-1/2 lengths back, after stalking the top flight throughout.   For trainer Mike Dowdall, Cruise Patrol was one of three winners on the afternoon.   Napolitano also teamed up with Dowdall trainees Mayfield Duke ($3.60, 1:53) and Track Master D ($5.00), along with Gilbert Garcia-Owen trainees CC's Desire ($2.80, 1:52.4) and Our Regal Ideal N ($6.80, 1:53), and Norm Parker pupil Unlocked ($2.60, 1:53.1).   Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with a 12-race program on Thursday (April 4). Post time is 12:25 p.m. Eastern, and the fifth-race 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 will feature a carryover of $1,656.80.     by James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

CHESTER PA - The most impressive winner on Friday afternoon's 2019 harness racing opener at Harrah's Philadelphia didn't come in the race with the biggest purse - but any time you can call yourself the fastest three-year-old trotter in all of North America, regardless of size of track, you deserve to be at the front of the story. Capt Chaps Hanover was sent to the lead in his maiden trotting event by driver Yannick Gingras. He got the lead in 27.4, rated the half to 58.4, then threw in successive 28.2 back quarters to complete the mile in 1:55.3 - faster than any sophomore has gone so far anywhere in the United States and Canada. The 7 ¾-length winner certainly had the pedigree to produce such a mile - an altered son of Explosive Matter whose second dam was the producer of $1M-winning Hez Striking - and he certainly had the backing - trainer Ron Burke and the ownership combine of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva - Purnel & Libby, most of whom were the team behind 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover. Just a tick behind Capt Chaps Hanover was another three-year-old trotter, the Yankee Glide gelding Blue And Bold, who made every pole a winning one while reducing his mark three seconds to 1:55.4, last half 57.1. Trained by Andrew Harris for A Harris Racing LLC and April Campbell, the frontstepping winner followed the trend of most of the card's successful horses - from which it can be inferred that it was a good day for driver George Napolitano Jr., who had four winners as he opened defense of his sulkysitting crown. The biggest purse contest of the day was a $16,000 trotting event, taken in wire-to-wire fashion by the Dejarmbro gelding Icingon De Cupcake, who teamed with George Napolitano Jr. to withstand Armagedon Seelster by a nose in 1:56.2. Owned by Dynasty Racing, Icingon De Cupcake proved to be the third winner of the day for trainer Nick Surick. Racing resumes on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia, with a 12-race card set to start at 12:40 p.m. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia Jerry Connors

Horsemen should be advised of the following draw schedule: Draw day -- Race day Tuesday -- Friday Wednesday -- Sunday Thursday -- Wednesday Friday -- Thursday   The 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 2019 Opening Day program is slated for Friday, March 29, with first post at 12:25 p.m.   Harrah's Philadelphia race office                 Barry Brown | Director/Racing Operations O (484) 490-1770 777 Harrah's Blvd | Chester, PA 19013 www.caesars.com    

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