Chester, PA — The pair of featured trots at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday (Nov. 7) were both hard-fought affairs, with both headliners finding less than two lengths separating the top five finishers.
In the $18,000 top-level event, the Crazed gelding Izoh ignored a 23-1 dismissal by the crowd and a grueling first-over trip to catch favored sophomore Goes Down Smooth, whose last appearance yielded a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown, by a nose in 1:55.1. Ooh Rah, beaten by just a half length, in turn captured third by a half length over Sumatra, with Armagedon Seelster another neck back in fifth.
Izoh, now with two wins and three second-place finishes in his last five starts despite rising in class steadily, won for trainer Frank Ingrassia and driver Jackie Ingrassia, who shares ownership with Arden Homestead Stable, Donna Franchetti, and Thomas Doran.
The $14,500 co-feature saw the Muscle Mass gelding Cruising In Style rally up the inside to outstep first-over favorite Crossfit by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4. Cruising In Style pushed his earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark for trainer Andrew Harris and Thestable Cruising Group.
Cruising In Style was driven by George Napolitano Jr., who had four wins on the Thursday card. Marcus Miller was next in line with three wins.