Chester, PA – Driver Tim Tetrick, who has taken over as the local leading driver, posted four winners in the first five races Wednesday afternoon (May 15) at Harrah’s Philadelphia and wound up with five on the card, but in the two features he was caught in photo finish victories by “pocket rockets.”
In the $16,000 featured pace, Handsoffmychips was sent to the lead by Tetrick with a :27.3 first quarter, :56 half and got to the three-quarters in 1:23.2, but the He’s Gorgeous gelding Miss U Big Mike was lying in wait in the two-hole for driver Marcus Miller. The pair came up the inside to catch the favorite by a neck, with Miss U Big Mike lowering his lifetime best to 1:51.2. Christie Collins conditions the winner, who has a lifetime win rate of 28 percent (16-for-58) for owner Irwin Kaplan.
In the $14,500 co-featured pace, Anthony Morgan left strongly for the lead with Machiavelli, but Tetrick moved favored Soto nearing the :27 quarter and hung up middle splits of :55.2 and 1:23.2. But again danger lurked to the chalk’s left, and the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Machiavelli had enough rally to edge past Soto by a quarter-length. Stopping the clock in 1:51.2, the winner of $191,260 has now taken half of his last eight starts for trainer Nick Surick and Dynasty Racing.
Friday’s (May 17) card at Harrah’s Philadelphia will have a special nighttime post time of 6:30 p.m. Then on Sunday (May 19), the world’s fastest trotter (1:48.4 at Lexington last year), Homicide Hunter, moves from the far outside post in his season debut to the far inside starting slot in the $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for open trotters.
On a cool and messy last Sunday (May 12) night at Pocono for the Burke Brigade, Homicide Hunter suffered a bad trip and finished off the board; his fortunes may improve this week, although he will be facing Melady’s Monet, a GNOS winner two weeks ago here, and Muscle Diamond, who took a mark of 1:50.1 last year.