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CHESTER, PA - Young and developing harness racing horses are in abundance in the Mid-Atlantic area, and Harrah's Philadelphia had $12,600 quad-features for their various divisions on Friday. Kiss The Captain won her second straight start - her previous one came on August 27 of last year - as she paced to a new mark of 1:51.4, with Andrew McCarthy gunning her through wild fractions of :26.1, :54.2, and 1:22, successfully bottoming out the field. Trained by Andrew Harris for A Harris Racing LLC and Martin Budkey, Kiss The Captain is a Captaintreacherous three-quarter sister to Kissme On the Beach - who still holds the world record she set almost five years ago for this winner's division, three-year-old pacing fillies on a 5/8-mile oval. KISS THE CAPTAIN REPLAY   In the other distaff pacers feature, Captains Maid, recently coming under the care of trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, was guided by her brother Joe to a smart 1:52.3 lifetime best, making the lead at the quarter and staying in control as the favored Skyy closed inside but did not reach. Another daughter of Captaintreacherous, and out of a dam whose half-brother was $2M+-winning Art Official, the sophomore is owned by Brookside Stables. A feature contest for male pacers also saw the Bongiorno sister-brother team enjoy success with a new acquisition, as the Big Jim gelding Springbridge Duel was put on the lead early by Joe (who won three races in all on the day), and the pair rolled to a 1:51.2 lifetime mark in the sophomore's 2021 bow. Springbridge Duel, owned by Glenn Goller, Abraham Basen, and Mark Harder, now has won half of his six lifetime trips behind the gate. The trotting section of the features saw the Johnny William gelding Cavalier George sit a great pocket trip behind longshot Boom City, then come and pick that one up in the stretch while winning in 1:54.4, the fastest time of his career. Todd McCarthy, also a three-time winner during the program, guided the winner for trainer Paul Stafford and owner Thomas Ceraso Jr. An $11,200 pace for quality older horses saw Somewhere Fancy edge out Nutcracker Sweet in 1:52, as driver Simon Allard had the son of Somebeachsomewhere involved early and late and still got his nose to the wire first. The Lou Pena trainee, owned by John Mehlenbacher, raised his bankroll to $778,287 with his 53rd career victory. The Sunday card at Harrah's, which begins at 12:40 p.m., has a pair of $16,200 contests for fast-class pacers which may give the fans as much trouble to establish the favorite as the horses will find facing the competitive opposition. 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 - The Credit Winner gelding Bluffinner is currently in career-best form after lowering his speed record to 1:53.2 while taking the $14,400 harness racing trotting feature at Harrah's Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon. Shinkansen, just favored over Bluffinner in the wagering, kept his rival outside past a :27.4 quarter, but once trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and Bluffinner got to the lead, the rest were racing for second money. Middle fractions of :57 and 1:25 preceded the final clocking, with Bluffinner drawing clear down the backstretch and going on to his third straight win for Purple Haze Stables LLC. BUFFINNER REPLAY   There were also a pair of $13,000 fast-class trots for the older set. In the first, favorite Patriarch Hanover set the piece, but the Theo Josseln mare Eva Dairpet FR, driven by Dexter Dunn, ground him down late to get home first in 1:53.4. The lightly-raced seven-year-old (this was only her 20th lifetime start) now has two wins and two seconds since crossing the Atlantic from Ireland for owner Alan Wallace of that country and trainer Nancy Takter, and in those four starts she has won almost as much money ($15,900) as she did during her European campaigning ($16,768). In the other co-feature, the fans knew "Jack" about the winner, but they didn't know if it was Jammin Jack or Jack Vernon until the photo finish revealed that Jammin Jack had closed just strongly enough to catch pacesetting favorite Jack Vernon in a lifetime best 1:54. Victor Kirby is the owner, trainer, and driver of the successful Angus Hall gelding, who boosted his bankroll to $265,952. A quartet of $12,600 contests for developing horses on both gaits top the betting menu at Harrah's Philadelphia Friday. 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 - With late-developing youngsters coming to Harrah's Philadelphia from every direction, the southeast Pennsylvania track featured four $12,600 events, two on each harness racing gait, that could serve as steppingstones to nearby future glory. The meet's leading driver, Tim Tetrick, guided a feature winner on each gait during a day which would see him win five races overall. On the pacing side, where both headliners were limited to males, The Cookie Monster gobbled up favored pacesetter Rockin Rocko late to be along in 1:52.4 over what was then a "sloppy +2" surface. The son of American Ideal, unraced at two and three, has now won half his ten lifetime starts, with Tetrick driving and Scott Di Domenico doing the training for JFE Enterprise LLC. THE COOKIE MONSTER REPLAY   The Cookie Monster won the first race of the day; the other pacing feature was the last event on the card, and the track had regained a good bit of its "speed." The second pace was won by Bipbopnallie, one of the toughest horses at the Pennsylvania fairs last season, who held off heavy favorite Rolling With Sam in 1:51.2 to lower his mark almost three seconds. Andrew McCarthy kept the Artspeak gelding going right to Victory Lane for trainer Steve LeBlanc and the ownership of LeBlanc Racing Inc., Count De Money Stable, and William Lutz. Turning to the trot: the Muscle Mass sophomore colt Twin B Showtime was brought to town sharp by trainer Paula Wellwood, despite not having raced in 37 days. The improving youngster raised his career record to 4-for-6 by coming wide in the stretch for Tetrick and picking up the frontsteppers in a lifetime best 1:56.1 when the track was "sloppy." Dreamville Stable shares ownership of the three-year-old with Brian Smith. TWIN BE SHOWTIME REPLAY   The surface was upgraded to "good +1" just before the fast Creatine gelding Take All Comers won his seasonal bow in 1:55.4 for driver David Miller (himself a three-time Wednesday winner) and trainer Jim Campbell. The sophomore took a mark of 1:52.3 at Lexington last year, and seems to be pointed towards the territory again for the Runthetable Stables. "Trottin' Thursday" tradition at Harrah's Philadelphia will again bring some of the area's finest diamondgaiters to the oval: top purse is a $14,400 contest for precocious youngsters, while there will be a pair of $13,000 contests for their fast-class older counterparts. 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 - Last season's Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year, Anoka Hanover, and 2019 Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi were impressive harness racing winners during Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia. In her first competitive start since winning the Goldsmith Maid last November, Anoka Hanover pounced from the pocket and won handily in 1:55.3 over a "good +1" track. A ten-time winner as a baby, the daughter of Donato Hanover looked ready to start another successful campaign, with Todd McCarthy driving for trainer Noel Daley, the latter co-owner with Caviart Farms, Crawford Farms Racing, and L. A. Express Stable LLC. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding Southwind Ozzi blistered the Philly oval with a 1:50.3 wire-to-wire victory, including twin back quarters of :27.1. After his $800,000+-winning campaign at three that included The Adios and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, Southwind Ozzi couldn't quite go against the FFA boys, although he did notch all four of his wins, including a 1:48.4 victory, at Harrah's Philly. Tim Tetrick guided the Bill MacKenzie trainee for owners Vincent Ali Jr. and Alma Iafelice, who obviously hope for their fast pacer's bounceback to prior form. Scottish, an altered sophomore son of the late Kadabra, didn't race at two and had made a break in his only other "Q" outing this year, but he put it all together Tuesday for the wife/husband team of trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller, trotting in 1:55.2 with a last half of :56. This one may be one to watch if he can continue development for owners Jason and Douglas Allen. Fastest of all the successful sophomore qualifiers was the Always B Miki pacing filly So Miki Hanover, also for Andy and Julie Miller and also going wire-to-wire in a 1:53.2 mile. So Miki Hanover had a win and two seconds in three freshman outings, but her time suggests she may be a late bloomer for Michael Cimaglio, A And B Stable, and Charles Elliott. Tim Tetrick was tops with four driving victories Tuesday morning; Julie Miller sent out three winners. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, Pa. -- Soho Burning Love A ($3.00) delivered a decisive 1:50.1 score in Sunday afternoon's (May 2) $22,500 winners-over distaff pacing harness racing feature at Harrah's Philadelphia -- just the second appearance at the riverside raceway from the 7-year-old mare. Soho Burning Love A used two moves to achieve control of the terms out of her assigned outside post -- one to float into third on the first turn, and a second to seize control from early pacesetter Crazy Cute just beyond a :27.1 first quarter. And after the daughter of Auckland Reactor N reached the lead, there was simply no catching her. "She was awesome, as good as I've seen her," said Tim Tetrick, who drove Soho Burning Love A to her fourth victory of the year. "She was just out for a Sunday afternoon stroll; she was on cruise control." Soho Burning Love A rated a :55.4 half before accelerating on the backstretch -- following up a wind-aided :27 third sectional with a :27.2 final split to seal a 2-3/4-length victory. Demeter N, driven by Andy McCarthy, sustained a gradual first-over advance to take second; Eclipse Me N (Simon Allard) emerged belatedly for third over the tiring Crazy Cute.   SOHO BURNING LOVE A REPLAY   Jim King Jr. trains 21-time winner Soho Burning Love A for JoAnn Looney-King, Brian Carsey and Jeff Fought Racing. The featured win was one of four for Tetrick on the 14-race program. In the co-featured event for male pacers, also carrying a purse of $22,500, Shnitzledosomethin ($4.80) parried a persistent challenge from Yonkers invader Tyga Hanover to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.3, his second consecutive victory at Harrah's Philadelphia. The 6-year-old Fred And Ginger entire, who enjoyed success on the Indiana Sires Stakes circuit early in his career, drilled a :26 first quarter in line to David Miller before backing the half down to :55.4, but was forced to accelerate again up the far side while Tyga Hanover (Andy McCarthy) encroached steadily. Turning for home, Shnitzledosomethin rose to the challenge, driven out to notch his 25th lifetime win. Tyga Hanover narrowly held second over JJ Flynn (Todd McCarthy), who lifted mildly after losing cover.   SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN REPLAY   Dylan Davis trains 25-time winner Shnitzledosomethin for Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Richard Lombardo. Davis -- whose two training wins on the program were matched only by leading trainer Kelvin Harrison -- also won with Shoobee Doo A ($21.40), who soared off cover to capture his North American debut in 1:51.1 in line to Corey Callahan. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 5); post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - So Long Hanover said so long to his opposition early in the $14,400 trotting harness racing feature on a special Kentucky Derby Day Saturday afternoon card at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver Pat Berry got the Donato Hanover gelding away quickly and put up fractions of :28.2, :58.2, and 1:27.3, with Bountiful Brittney, winner of three of her last four, right behind him. However, the pocketsitting mare could make no dent into the winner's advantage, as he scored by 1½ lengths in 1:56.3 for his new connections, who got him after his last start - trainer Scott Di Domenico and owners Bottom Line Racing LLC and Triple D Stables Inc. SO LONG HANOVER REPLAY   A pair of $12,600 co-featured events saw a division on each gait. On the trot, the Bar Hopping sophomore gelding Inaminute Hanover won his second straight local start, here sweeping to the lead nearing the three-quarters and going on to post a lifetime best of 1:56.3. The three-year-old's connections are quite interesting - driver Bob McClure, trainer Luc Blais, and owner Determination, the same combination that brought out 2019 Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade. On the pacing side, the Artspeak three-year-old Terry A Hanover employed almost identical tactics to Inaminute Hanover for driver Todd Schadel - brush to the lead late on the backstretch and go on to post a lifetime mark, 1:53.3. Todd also trains the three-time seasonal winner, the 2020 PA Fairs Champion for his division, for Christine Schadel and Caitlin Solt. Ontario newcomer Doug McNair posted a driving double for the second straight day, and was joined on Derby Day by Corey Callahan in doubling. Sunday's 12:40 card will gather together top pacers of both sexes to contest $22,500 each: a race for the female set with Soho Burning Love A favored despite being assigned the outside post seven; and an event for the males where Shnitzledosomethin, a winner from post seven (the toughest post to win from at the track) last week, draws post five (the winningest starting spot) on Sunday. 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 trio of $12,800 harness racing events for up-and-coming trotters and pacers highlighted the Friday card at Harrah's Philadelphia, and all three saw the favorite move to the lead early and then go on to reduce their lifetime marks. The winner in the headliner for pacing males, the Somebeachsomewhere colt Komodo Beach, had to do the most work to control the throttle, as he was looped leaving and persevered with the guidance of Todd McCarthy to the get the lead under the wire the first time. A final half of :55.3 was enough to keep Komodo Beach on the road to a 1:52.3 victory in his second start of the year for trainer Brett Pelling and the ownership of David McDuffee, John Fodera, Steven Wienick, and Trevor Ritchie. KOMODO BEACH REPLAY   In the lead contest for pacing distaffs, driver Corey Callahan moved the Sweet Lou filly Doubleoffthewall to the lead in front of the stands, then tacked on a last half in :56 to be an easy winner in 1:53. Tom Fanning trains the quick miss for the ownership of David Van Wart, Falcon Racing LLC, and Joel Benson. Callahan came back to win with another female in the top trot, the Father Patrick mare Cocktails N Dreams, making the pace-controlling move then keeping her going to the wire in 1:55.3 for trainer Trish Adams and the partnership of Benjamin Gordon and Never Too Late Racing LLC. Troy Beyer had the most successful day among the drivers with three victories, two for trainer Noel Daley. Harrah's Philadelphia will be racing a special live card on Kentucky Derby Saturday at 12:40 p.m., with double-gaited fans welcome to stay on and watch the Bluegrass proceedings via simulcast. The latest Ontario horseman to visit Philly during that province's virus shutdown, Bob McClure, is down for action on the Saturday card, including a drive behind the promising three-year-old trotter Inaminute Hanover - for the same connections with whom he teamed to win the 2019 Hambletonian with Forbidden Trade. Program pages for these cards will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia    

CHESTER, PA - The Bar Hopping - Bella Dolce filly Bella Bellini became the fastest three-year-old harness racing trotter in North America so far in 2021 when she won at Harrah's Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon in 1:53.1. Dexter Dunn kept the talented miss in the pocket behind Worthy Of Honor early as that one put down numbers of :28.1 and :57.4, then pulled her out to challenge the leader nearing the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Bella Bellini cleared to the lead before the end of the far turn, and tacked on her own second successive :27.3 quarter to win by 5¾ lengths over the pacesetter while going comfortably, indicating much more is to come from trainer Nifty Norman and owner David McDuffee, who has long been associated with this filly's famous family. The 1:53.1 broke a seasonal standard for sophomores which had lasted all of 22 minutes, set in the previous race at Philly, when another offspring of Bar Hopping, the gelding Mister Boinga, caught pacesetting favorite Shinkansen to lower his record over three seconds to 1:53.4. Tim Tetrick handled the winner, now 4-of-9 lifetime, for trainer Jill Roland and owner Bernard O'Brien in the richest race of the day, which went for $12,800. BELLA DOICE REPLAY   The two fleet three-year-olds got their races in before a soaking rain moved through the area, forcing the downgrading of the racing surface to "sloppy." A pair of $11,600 contests for fast-class older performers were held after the rainstorm, and in the "tougher" division on paper, the Muscles Yankee four-year-old mare No Mas Drama continued undefeated in three seasonal starts, with the new Michael Russo trainee leaving no doubt she was the best in a pacesetting 1:53.2 lifetime mark. Ginnis Stables LLC owns the winner of $258,305, and that bankroll should be climbing quickly in short order if she can retain her current sharpness. In the other sub-feature, Only For Justice and Moveoutofmyway K exchanged the lead before Only For Justice grabbed it for good early in the backstretch, though Moveoutofmyway K came at him again at the end of a 1:55.2 mile to be defeated only by a length. Only For Justice, making his second start here after coming from Mohawk, is a Justice Hall gelding and a winner of $273,147; he is trained by Andrew Harris for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. Harrah's Philadelphia still has three cards coming up this racing week: the usual Friday card at 12:25 p.m., and then a special live program on Kentucky Derby Day Saturday, with the same post time as Sunday's racing, 12:40 p.m. Program pages for these cards 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 trio of $11,200 contests for developing horses opened up a five-day harness racing week at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (the track will stage a live card on Kentucky Derby Day Saturday at 12:40). In the first of the contests for male pacers, the altered son of Mr Wiggles, Nextmovebestmove, remained undefeated in four career starts, chopping down the well-regarded leader Rockin Rocko while lowering his fastest time to 1:51.2. Montrell Teague drove the Clyde Francis trainee, improving by the race, for George Teague Jr. Inc. and David Collins. NEXTMOVEBESTMOVE REPLAY   it would be Todd McCarthy behind 1-10 shot Shakespeare. However, it proved to be brother Andrew getting the victory with the Sweet Lou three-year-old colt Tapped Teen in a career best of 1:52.3, coming out of the pocket to wear down the big chalk for owner/trainer Aaron Lambert. GOO DOO DOLL REPLAY   In the feature cut for trotters, the Googoo Gaagaa sophomore filly Goo Doo Doll made her 2021 debut a winning one, reducing her mark to 1:57. David Miller had to send the filly on the difficult "tuck-then-grind" mission, but the stakes-placed filly here last year was impressively up to the challenge for trainer Ed Gannon Jr, and owner Frank Canzone. On Thursday, a $12,800 trot for developing horses heads the lineup, with Shikansen coming off a 1:54.2 win at The Meadowlands for "Red" Harrison, tied at the top of the Philly trainer standings; he'll take on Ginger Tree Knox, stepping up off two straight victories for the hot Team Cook/Beegle. First post will be at 12:30 p.m.; program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. FINISHING LINES - At the PHHA's sister track, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, on Wednesday morning, Bronx Seelster, a son of Big John who was the Battle Of Waterloo winner at two, had a sharp 1:52 qualifier for the Down Under team of trainer Shane Tritton and driver Lauren Tritton, who won over 900 races in her sulky time back home. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - The ultra-consistent pacing mare Lyons Sentinel was even sharper in her qualifying win at Harrah's Philadelphia Tuesday than she was last week, coming her own last half in a hot :53.3 to win in a 1:53.4 mile. The four-year-old millionaire daughter of Captaintreacherous, among the best of her class at two and three, looks ready to take on more seasoned competition, knocking two seconds off her qualifying win time of last week for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and Threelyonsracing. Fastest winner of the morning session at the southeast Philadelphia oval was the Bettor's Delight gelding Gardys Legacy A, who missed a nose in a 1:53.2 mile in his first qualifier, then went in 1:52.1 here as he prepares for his North American pari-mutuel career. Andrew McCarthy sent the import scurrying home in :54.3 on the engine for trainer Andrew Harris and the ownership of Bowie Racing LLC and A Harris Racing LLC. Two seasoned trotters turned in impressive qualifying wins for trainer Tom Fanning and owner Joseph Smith. No Drama Please was victorious in 1:57.2 for driver Tim Tetrick, while Fashion Creditor came home first in 1:57.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy. The McCarthy brothers won six of the morning's qualifiers - Andrew four and Todd two - while a pair of Hall of Famers also had a six-timer, with David Miller and Tim Tetrick each winning three times. Trainers who sent out two winners include Nik Drennan, Tom Fanning, Andrew Harris, and Roland Mallar. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, Pa. -- Shnitzledosomethin ($7.20) took top honors on the Sunday (April 25) card at Harrah's Philadelphia with a 1:51.3 win in the featured $14,400 pace, while harness racing driver Dexter Dunn captured six of the afternoon's 14 races. David Miller vaulted Shnitzledosomethin to the lead from his outside post seven to control the feature, and the pair rated a :56.3 first half before bracing for a first-over challenge from 3-2 favorite Da Delightful (Daniel Dube) up the backstretch. Despite being forced through a :27.2 third sectional, Shnitzledosomethin held his ground to prevail by 1-1/4 lengths. Da Delightful maintained second by a neck over Dealer's Table (Tim Tetrick), who lifted off cover in the homestretch.   SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN     Dylan Davis trains Shnitzledosomethin, a 6-year-old son of Fred And Ginger with 24 wins and $843,733 in career earnings, for Howard Taylor, Ed Gold, Abe Basen and Richard Lombardo. Dunn's six-win afternoon was led by Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Grace Hill ($3.60), who escaped traffic on the backstretch to win a $12,800 distaff pace in 1:52.4. In addition to another Norman trainee, Billy Badger N ($5.00, 1:51.3), Dunn also drove Skyway Billy ($10.80, 1:54), Tango Dancer N ($4.20, 1:52.2), Wagon Master ($9.80, 1:52.3) and Aintnobettor A ($10.00, 1:52). Harrah's Philadelphia will present five programs of racing this coming week: First post on Wednesday (April 28), Thursday (April 29) and Friday (April 30) is 12:25 p.m., followed by Saturday (May 1) and Sunday (May 2) programs slated to begin at 12:40 p.m.   For full race results, click here.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia  

CHESTER, PA - Three $11,200 divisions of the "nw 3 races" class for developing harness racing pacers highlighted the Friday card at Harrah's Philadelphia. In the quickest of the three headline events, the three-year-old Sportswriter filly Sports Duchess was able to sit in third until the three-quarters in her division of the female features, briefly got cover, then went wide for driver George Napolitano Jr. and was along by a neck over Sweet Talker. The 1:53.4 clocking knocked almost four seconds off the lifetime best of Sports Duchess, who is trained by Blake MacIntosh for owners Stuart McIntosh and Leanne Murphy. SPORTS DUTCHESS REPLAY   In the other distaff contest, Lyons Softassilk went first-over into a :56.3 last half in her seasonal debut, yet still had enough to make the lead then held off Game Of Shadows by a neck in 1:54.2. The Somebeachsomewhere sophomore was driven by Tim Tetrick for trainer Jim King Jr. and Threelyonsracing. The race for males saw driver Dexter Dunn atypically pay $55.60 to win as he put the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding Aquaman Hanover just in the right place at two different junctures of the racing in getting a stretch lead, then holding off fast-closing Yankee Litigator by a neck while taking a new mark of 1:54. Nifty Norman trains the winner for Enzed Racing Stable Inc., Robert Cooper Stables LLC, and Kovach Stables LLC. Nutcracker Sweet, the six-year-old star-crossed full brother to the $2.7M-winning Bettor's Sweet and a half-brother to the $3.4M-winning Sweet Lou, had produced a sub-1:51 clocking in each of his first four years of racing, but on Friday he went the fastest mile of his career when he won in 1:50.1. George Napolitano Jr. drove the winner of $441,134 to the sizzling time for the brother team of trainer Tom and owner John Cancelliere. Ontario's "youthful veteran" driver Doug McNair, 2017 Canadian Driver of the Year, wasted no time making his presence felt on the local scene, guiding Betsea to a new mark of 1:52.4 in his initial drive of the season here. McNair is trying Philly and other Mid-Atlantic ovals while the virus locks down his native province, and the winner of 3687 races is likely to acquit himself well. The Sunday card at Harrah's Philadelphia is as good as the southeast Pennsylvania oval has presented in 2021, with features for developing younger horses, fast-class paces for both sexes, and hard-hitting top-level claiming handicaps. Sunday's first card will start at 12:40 p.m.; Program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. There will also be a live card at Philly on Kentucky Derby Day, Saturday, May 1, at 12:40. Prompted by a carryover of $2,237.98 from Friday's (April 23) Late Pick-4, Harrah's Philadelphia will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Early Pick-4 on Sunday afternoon (April 25). The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Early Pick-4, which comprises the first four races on the card, will be available on the USTA website. Harrah's Philadelphia offers two Pick-4s daily; both offer a 50-cent base wager and a low 15% takeout.Prompted by a carryover of $2,237.98 from Friday's (April 23) Late Pick-4, Harrah's Philadelphia will offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Early Pick-4 on Sunday afternoon (April 25). The guaranteed pool is offered in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As such, past performance pages for the Early Pick-4, which comprises the first four races on the card, will be available on the USTA website. Harrah's Philadelphia offers two Pick-4s daily; both offer a 50-cent base wager and a low 15% takeout. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA -- Harness rHorsemen are advised of an amended draw schedule for the upcoming week of racing at Harrah's Philadelphia, as well as a trio of $20,000 Open events for 3-year-olds carded for a special Saturday program, held on May 1 in conjunction with the Kentucky Derby. Next Friday's (April 30) races will be drawn on Monday (April 26), a day earlier than usual, and Saturday's (May 1) card will be drawn on Tuesday (April 27). The remainder of the week will take place according to the standard schedule. Three $20,000 Pennsylvania-preferred Open events -- for 3-year-old male pacers, female pacers, and trotters -- will be offered on the Saturday program as an additional opportunity for horses in those divisions to prepare for their upcoming Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Grand Circuit campaigns. The complete Saturday condition sheet is available via this link: http://horsemen.ustrotting.com/conditions/sheet.cfm?condition_sheet_id=79023. The week's draw schedule appears in its entirety below: Race Day - Draw Day - Changes Due Friday (April 30) - Monday (April 26) - Tuesday (April 27) Saturday (May 1) - Tuesday (April 27) - Wednesday (April 28) Sunday (May 2) - Wednesday (April 28) - Thursday (April 29) Wednesday (May 5) - Thursday (April 29) - Friday (April 30) Thursday (May 6) - Friday (April 30) - Sunday (May 2) Entries close at 9 a.m. on all occasions. Post time on weekdays is 12:25 p.m.; post time for the Derby Day and Sunday cards is 12:40 p.m. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, PA - The Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable won his fourth straight on Thursday when he took the $14,400 featured fast-class harness racing trot at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:53.3 in sub-50 degree temperatures. Even though he was sitting in the normally-advantageous pocket position, Rich And Miserable was for much of the way far behind pacesetting Pikachu Hanover, who sailed along on an open lead in remarkable fractions of :27, :55.3, and 1:23.1. The pacesetter could not sustain that energy usage, however, and Rich And Miserable narrowed in from late in the backstretch and drew off through the stretch headwind for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Todd Buter, and owners Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. The winner ran his career tally to 27-for-76, with earnings of $507,636. RICH AND MISERABLE REPLAY   Co-features for the fast-class trotters were a pair of $11,600 contests. The first had four different leaders in a six-horse field in the last quarter: pacesetter Two AM; then Deltasun A, first-over and by on the turn; and then Rock Of Cashel, who was second-over and took a short lead in midstretch. The leader that counted the most, though, was the Cash Hall gelding Smalltownthrowdown, who had been in the pocket behind Two AM, was able to angle out behind the two two-wide horses late on the turn, and then closed strongly to catch Rock Of Cashel by a half-length in 1:55.1. Tim Tetrick expertly drove the Mike Terpolilli trainee, owned by Wish Me Luck Stables LLC, who ran his lifetime bankroll to $1,081,459. In the other cut, the Muscles Yankee mare No Mas Drama has now lowered her lifetime mark both times she has raced this year, in her debut at Pocono in 1:55 and now here to 1:54.1 with a sharp frontstepping victory. Corey Callahan drove the much-improved distaff to victory for trainer Michael Russo and Ginnis Stables LLC, and No Mas Drama ran her lifetime earnings to $252,505 with the triumph. The top event for developing trotters, worth $12,800, was taken by Moveoutofmyway, who never saw the rail but still had enough stretch rally to overhaul a stubborn President by a half-length in 1:57.4. The son of Muscle Massive has now won two of his last three starts for driver Kasper Foget, trainer Per Engblom, and Engblom Stable LLC. Harrah's Philadelphia will be right back in action on Friday, with a 12:25 p.m. post time; Ontario star Doug McNair will be joining the local driving colony for a few weeks with the virus lockdown in his native province. Program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER, Pa. -- With harness racing in Ontario on hold for the foreseeable future, a number of top stables and drivers have made the decision to venture to the United States to compete in preparation for the upcoming stakes season. One such driver, Doug McNair, is hoping to make an impact at Harrah's Philadelphia, where he will begin driving this Friday (April 23). McNair, who has won over 3,600 races in his career, has stamped himself as one of Canada's best, having won the 2017 O'Brien Award as Canada's Driver of the Year and the Canadian National Driving Championship in 2018. While the 31-year-old Ontario native has conquered just about every challenge he has faced north of the border, he relishes the chance to compete against the best of the best in the States, too. "I want to drive with the best there are to drive with, and that's where the best are, all on the East Coast," McNair said. "I just hope I can fit in with them. They know the horses' tendencies more than anybody, and you can get a better grip on how the races are going to go." McNair, who will make his temporary home in southern New Jersey, is listed in four races on Friday's card, and he threatens to contend with his first two: Josh Green trainee Betsea, who is the 3-1 second choice in the fourth race, an $8,800 mid-level conditioned pace for fillies and mares; and Jim Rocks, a Blake MacIntosh trainee whom McNair drove in his first qualifier last June at Woodbine Mohawk Park, in the sixth race, a $9,600 maiden pace. Four drives on a 14-race card may seem like a light work load, but McNair understands it will take time for him to gain momentum -- and favor -- within the local pool of horsemen: "You've got to put your work in, pick up as much work as you can, and hopefully after a couple weeks, get on the better horses and make a little money," he said. In addition to Harrah's Philadelphia, McNair will drive at The Downs At Mohegan Sun Pocono, Yonkers Raceway, and The Meadowlands, where he is listed on seven horses Friday night and another two Saturday (April 24). "I'm just trying to stay busy, that's all. It doesn't look like we'll be opening up for four to six weeks, so I'll probably try to stay down there as long as I can until the stakes start back up (in Canada) -- they could be a couple months, yet," he explained. Yet, while McNair doesn't plan on any idle time in his southern sojourn, he's most excited about the opportunity to take on, arguably, the sport's toughest driving colony at the riverside racetrack in Chester, Pa., four afternoons a week -- and make an already star-studded lineup of reinsmen all the stronger. "There's a lot of races and a lot of full fields. It's the place to be, I think."   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

CHESTER PA - The Sweet Lou sophomore gelding Sweet Angel Boy, going uncovered from last through the pouring rain at Harrah's Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon, paced his own final half in :54.3 to be an impressive 1:54.3 winner in one of three $11,200 harness racing features at the riverside oval. Tim Tetrick got the youngster underway quickly down the backstretch and went up to challenge pacesetting Letstrytowgleagain, the sophomore full brother to the immortal Wiggle It Jiggleit, and while that one held on well as his pedigree might suggest, Sweet Angel Boy was still able to leave him 2¼ lengths behind at the finish. Sweet Angel Boy, whose lone win at two was a 1:52.4 Keystone Classic victory, showed high potential here for trainer Jim King Jr. and owner/wife Jo Ann Looney-King. SWEET ANGEL BOY REPLAY   Though Team Teague was thwarted with Letstrytowgleagain, they won the other section of the tri-features for pacing males with another son of Mr. Wiggles, the four-year-old gelding Nextmovebestmove, who remained undefeated in three career outings in 1:55.1. Though the earlier rain had given way to weak sunshine, it had turned the track "sloppy" for the remainder of the feature events. Montrell Teague kept the winner tucked in the pocket behind favored Step On The Gas, went by that one on the far turn, then held off a late-rushing Bipbopnallie by two lengths for trainer Clyde Francis and the partnership of George Teague Jr. Inc. and David Collins. NEXTMOVEBESTMOVE REPLAY   In the headliner trot, the Bar Hopping three-year-old gelding Ginger Tree Knox rang up his second straight victory, tipping wide off cover to gain control at headstretch and then holding off a late charge by Tequila N Roses by a neck in 1:57.3 in the off going. Andrew McCarthy handled the in-form trotter for trainer Steve Cook and the ownership of Sam Beegle, Ginger Tree Ventures LLC, Double D Racing Stable, and Reber-Chasen Stable. GINGER TREE KNOX   Quite a few fast-class trotters will be looking to keep winning streaks alive in the $14,400 feature here on Thursday: Rich And Miserable goes for his fourth straight win; Refined tries to make it three in a row; while morning line favorite Hayek hopes to repeat his successful effort upon coming to Philly last week. Post time Thursday is 12:25 p.m.; program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html. For full race results, click here. From PHHA/Pocono

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