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CHESTER, Pa. -- Arrhythmic LLC's Thatswhatisaid N ($55.80) rode the pocket to a 26-1 upset in Sunday's (Nov. 29) featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. Thatswhatisaid N and driver Todd McCarthy floated forward from post three to secure the pocket behind 5-2 second choice Rockapelo (Yannick Gingras), who controlled fractions of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:22.1. When even-money favorite Western Joe (David Miller) began to fade through the far turn after mounting a failed first-over bid up the backstretch, McCarthy found room to angle Thatswhatisaid N off the pegs and take aim at Rockapelo in the stretch. Thatswhatisaid measured Rockapelo well to take the lead with 40 yards to go and win by a widening three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2. Vettel N (Joe Bongiorno) emerged belatedly to finish third, beaten 2-3/4 lengths. Kevin Lare trains Thatswhatisaid N, a 6-year-old Well Said gelding who has won three of his 13 starts since arriving in the United States this year.   Thatswhatisaid N In the afternoon's finale, Chris Temming earned his first career win as a driver, piloting Lisburn ($19.00) to a 1:52.4 score in a $5,600 first-level conditioned pace. As a trainer, the 30-year-old Temming has accounted for 170 wins and just over $2 million in purses since beginning his career in May 2013.   Chris Temming driving Lisburn Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Dec. 2), with a 14-race program scheduled and a $5,097.89 carryover in the 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EST. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media  

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHESTER, Penn. — Trainer Scott DiDomenico took top honors on the Sunday (Nov. 1) program at Harrah's Philadelphia, with his harness racing stable accounting for three of the afternoon's 13 winners. DiDomenico and driver Tim Tetrick teamed up to sweep the early daily double with Revelry ($4.20, 1:51.3) and Hey Run Me Over ($5.80, 1:54.1) before also claiming the finale with Sweet Beach ($3.40, 1:52.4). The afternoon's featured upper-level conditioned pace saw Semi Tough ($11.00) sustain an uncovered push through the far turn to reel in pacesetting favorite Bettor Memories by a half length in 1:50.4. Yannick Gingras drove the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding to victory for trainer Ron Burke and the partnership of the Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi.   Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia with 14-race program on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (Nov. 4-5) at 12:25 p.m. EST. The Friday (Nov. 6) card will begin at 2:05 p.m. EST.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media    

SMYRNA, DE  -- Harness racing podcast The Extra Mile offers listeners an in-depth look at Saturday's (Oct. 31) Breeders Crown Pick-8 at Harrah's Hoosier Park.   Presenter James Witherite delves into the Pick-8 sequence, which consists of the Breeders Crown finals for 3-year-olds and older horses, with help from harness racing handicapper -- and fellow former Meadowlands oddsmaker -- Darin Zoccali. Discussions with Breeders Crown participants Bob McClure, driver of On A Streak and Trillions Hanover, and Marcus Melander, trainer of Gimpanzee and others, are also available on the podcast's feed. To listen to "Handicapping the Breeders Crown," click here. To listen to discussion with Bob McClure, click here. To listen to last week's discussion with Marcus Melander about trotting titan Gimpanzee, click here. Listeners can have new episodes of The Extra Mile delivered to their iOS devices by subscribing on Apple Podcasts. Alternately, new episodes can be found at the podcast's new online home.   Listeners are encouraged to follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @TheExtraMile412.   From 412 Communications    

CHESTER, PA -- A 1:50.1 score from Vettel N ($6.20) in Sunday afternoon's $14,400 top-level pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia was the cornerstone of a hat trick for the sister-brother harness racing team of trainer Jenn Bongiorno and driver Joe Bongiorno. The 7-year-old American Ideal gelding sealed off the pocket behind early pacesetter Beach Boogie (Simon Allard) when the gate sprung, and then angled out to seize command at the end of a :27.2 first quarter. From there, Vettel N traveled virtually uncontested through middle splits of :55.2 and 1:22.3 -- only having to contend with a mild first-over challenge from Shneonucrzydiamnd A (Montrell Teague) on approach to the far turn. After parrying that first foe, Vettel N found himself in the crosshairs of 6-5 favorite Itsrockandroll A (Corey Callahan) off the home turn. Vettel N rose to that challenge as well, prevailing by a diminishing half length while driven out. Itsrockandroll A was a strong second, another half length better than Beach Boogie, who rode the pocket for third. Jenn and Joe Bongiorno co-own 24-time winner Vettel N with Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine. The Bongiornos also won with Alex Tye ($2.20, 1:51.3) and Peace Out Posse ($4.00, 1:50.1). Trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras teamed up for three wins on the 14-race card as well, accounting for Semi Tough ($3.40, 1:51), Pyro ($4.60, 1:51.1) and Ginger Tree Marty ($3.80, 1:52). Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 28). The 15-race card will be led by a half-dozen John Simpson Memorial divisions for 3-year-old colts and geldings, the final stakes events of the 2020 meet. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia

SMYRNA, DE -- Harness racing podcast The Extra Mile will present a series of "mini-previews" leading up to the $6 million finals of the Breeders Crown, which take place Oct. 30 and 31 at Harrah's Hoosier Park in Anderson, Ind.   Over the coming days, presenter James Witherite will profile a cross-section of the 160 horses slated to square off in the Breeders Crown. The first such profile, featuring Indiana rookie sensation Somethingbeautiful, was released Thursday afternoon (Oct. 22).   Listeners can have new episodes of The Extra Mile delivered to their iOS devices by subscribing on Apple Podcasts. Alternately, new episodes can be found at the podcast's new online home.   Listeners are encouraged to follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @TheExtraMile412.   by James Witherite, for The Extra Mile    

Chester, PA — After staving off pressure to prevail on the lead last week, Jack's Shadow N ($5.20) lifted off cover to just nab Itsrockandroll A in Sunday's (Oct. 18) featured harness racing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace. Tim Tetrick was patient early with the 6-year-old Shadow Play gelding, settling just worse than midfield while Da Delightful (Daniel Dubé) worked clear of Rock The Town (Joe Bongiorno) to control early splits of :27.1 and :55.3. Jack's Shadow N became more involved up the backstretch and rode the cover of Itsrockandroll A (Corey Callahan) into contention as the pace intensified to three-quarters in 1:23.1. As Itsrockandroll A pressed into Da Delightful off the home turn, Tetrick flipped Jack's Shadow N three-wide in what proved to be the winning move. Itsrockandroll A collared Da Delightful with a sixteenth to go, but Jack's Shadow N accelerated down the center of the track to win by a neck in 1:50.3. Itsrockandroll A proved a game second; Da Delightful held off a mild inside bid from Rock The Town to save third.   Scott DiDomenico trains Jack's Shadow N for the Triple D Stables, Oompa's Farm and Robert Mondillo. The 17-time winner has now won four of his last five races. Jenn Bongiorno notched a training hat trick, led by a sparkling 1:50.1 mile from Nicholas Beach ($2.60). Joe Bongiorno drove the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding to his seventh win in eight starts this season. Wise Image ($5.00, 1:51) and Alex Tye ($5.00, 1:50.4) were Jenn Bongiorno's other victorious trainees on the 14-race card, and both were also driven by Joe. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Oct. 21), with a 14-race card scheduled and a $1,235.86 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA -- Jack's Legend ($7.00) withstood the breeze and hung tough for a narrow 1:49 score over None Bettor A in Sunday afternoon's (Oct. 11) $20,000 winners-over pacing harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. None Bettor A, sent off as the 9-5 favorite, vaulted to the lead from the outside post seven and dictated early splits of :26.4 and :54.3 while in line to George Napolitano Jr. Up the far side, Pat Berry made his move with Jack's Legend N, angling the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding first-over out of third to press a :27 third sectional. Jack's Legend N worked into a narrow lead midway around the home turn, but None Bettor A refused to give way. The two duelled the length of the home straight, with Jack's Legend N prevailing by a scant neck over the game None Bettor A. Itsrockandroll A (Corey Callahan) lifted down the grandstand side to finish third. Trainer Josh Green owns 16-time winner Jack's Legend N in partnership with Rich Lombardo Racing LLC, David Kryway and Eric Good. The 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 was hit for $7,178.06 in the afternoon's fifth race, as one player held the winning 5-2-7-6-4 combination which was keyed by Loud Splash ($10.00, Berry) and absent 5-2 favorite Barbados. Simon Allard and George Brennan both recorded driving hat tricks on the 14-race program. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 14); post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT. by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

SMYRNA, Del. -- The latest episode of The Extra Mile, a new biweekly news-magazine podcast centered around harness racing, became available for streaming and download on Friday (Oct. 9).   In the fourth episode of the podcast, presenter James Witherite is joined by Chris Ryder, trainer of undefeated pacing filly Party Girl Hill, who will take on male competition in Sunday's (Oct. 11) Tattersalls 3-Year-Old Pace at The Red Mile. Additionally, Greg Gangle, raceway manager at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, previews the upcoming extended meeting at the London, Ont., facility.   Listeners can access the current episode of The Extra Mile at this link or by subscribing via Apple Podcasts, and can follow The Extra Mile on Twitter at @DHNExtraMile.   James Witherite Co-Founder, DHN Media Group    

Chester, PA — Trainer Andrew Harris and driver George Napolitano Jr. both notched grand slams — and teamed up to take three races together — on the Sunday afternoon (Oct. 4) harness racing program at Harrah's Philadelphia. Harris and Napolitano teamed up to win a $12,800 pacing for non-winners of five races with Patriot Nation ($8.20, 1:50.1), a $10,000 fourth-level conditioned pace with Our Max Phactor N ($4.00, 1:50.2), and a $5,600 first-level conditioned pace Cinnabar Dragon ($3.80, 1:51.4). Harris additionally won an $8,800 third-level pace with Rock Lights ($4.00, 1:51.3), whom Simon Allard drove, and Napolitano got his first of his four wins on the afternoon with Gilbert Garcia-Owen trainee Sevens Hope A ($2.80, 1:53.1) in a $15,000 claiming pace. The afternoon's featured event — a $14,400 top-level conditioned pace — saw Vettel N ($8.20) and driver Tony Morgan draft in the pocket behind dueling leaders Jack's Shadow N and Prince Of Tides before sneaking up the open stretch to win by a neck in 1:51.2. Itsrockandroll A lifted off cover for second over the game Jack's Shadow N. Trainer Jenn Bongiorno co-owns Vettel N, a 7-year-old American Ideal gelding, with Joe Bongiorno, Brent Hershberger and Robert Devine. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 7) with a 14-race card programmed and a $4,738.47 carryover in the Jackpot Hi-5. Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.     by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Chester, PA -- Jack's Legend N ($12.40) lifted off second-over cover and used a vicious :26.4 closing sectional to overpower 3-5 favorite Rodeo Rock for a 1:49.3 score -- his second straight harness racing victory -- in Sunday's (Sept. 27) $14,400 pacing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia. After recording a pillar-to-post win at Harrington on Monday (Sept. 21), Pat Berry changed tactics with the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding and settled into fifth behind a :26.4 first-quarter duel between Pyro (Simon Allard) and Proper One (Todd McCarthy). After rating a :55.2 half, Pyro faced intensifying first-over pressure up the far side from Rodeo Rock (David Miller), and Jack's Legend N was perched second-over off a :26.4 third-quarter duel. Rodeo Rock kept the heat on through the far turn and was able to reel Pyro in, but Jack's Legend N pounced with fresh legs in upper stretch -- drawing off to defeat the dueling pair by 1-1/4 lengths. Rodeo Rock narrowly nabbed Pyro for the runner-up spot.   Trainer Josh Green co-owns 15-time winner Jack's Legend N with Richard Lombardo, David Kryway and Eric Good. Green led all trainers with a double on the program, while drivers David Miller, George Napolitano Jr. and Tim Tetrick notched two wins apiece as well. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover is on the rise again, now standing at $2,346.64 for the return of live racing to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (Sept. 30). Post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

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