Chester, PA — After dropping her first two starts of the year and winning two in a row after that, Casa Palmera completed a natural hat trick in the $18,000 featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon (May 30), teaming up with driver George Napolitano Jr. to take the day’s top event.
Casa Palmera, who was installed as the morning-line favorite but sent off as the fifth choice in the feature, grinded right up to the tough pacesetting veteran Tyson, wore him down on the far turn, then went on gamely to finish a length ahead of late-charging Thisguyisonfire in 1:54.3.
The daughter of Andover Hall paid $14.00 to win. Trainer Ed Lohmeyer co-owns Casa Palmera, who has now won $118,445, with Dr. Patty Hogan.
In the first of two $14,500 sub-featured trots, Seven Iron worked to the early lead and retained the advantage throughout, keeping Prince Of Minto at bay by three-quarters of a length while equaling his lifetime best of 1:54.2. Corey Callahan drove the victorious son of Chapter Seven, who raised his lifetime earnings to $254,945, for trainer Chris Lakata and owner Sam Bowie.
In the second, owner-driver Larry Stalbaum pointed On Thunder Road N frontward early and never looked back, stepping the last half in :57 with the Bettor’s Delight gelding (a pacing-bred trotter) to win in 1:56. On Thunder Road N finished two lengths ahead of Deo while paying a $23.40 mutuel and raising his lifetime bankroll to $361,441 for trainer Tracy Tarantino.