Chester, PA – Younger horses working their way up the condition ladder were gathered for three $14,000 divisions of feature race action at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon (June 12), with all three winners achieving a new lifetime mark.
In the first event, the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore gelding Dont Judge A Book got early position, then sat just off a contested pace, rallying up the inside in the stretch to cover the mile in 1:52:1. The winner of four out of seven starts this year held off the late charge of Costello by a length-and-a-half for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Tom Cancelliere and owner John Cancelliere.
The second contest saw Chaser Hanover go to the lead and get a relatively soft :57 half, but in the :54.3 back half with a quick :27 flat last quarter, the Bettor’s Delight gelding Stand By Me N gamely wore down the pacesetter from the pocket to post a neck triumph for driver Andrew McCarthy in 1:51.3. Stand By Me N has now won three of five starts stateside for trainer Joshua Parker and J G Racing Stable.
In the third division, 1-9 favorite Brassy Hanover made a break on the far turn when challenged by the Well Said gelding Live Like A Boss, with that sophomore charging right by to triumph in 1:52.3 for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer/owner Chris Ryder. More than $6,400 of a $7,300 show pool was lost on the breaking favorite, with the $24.60 winner paying $22.80 to show, and longshot Union Station returning $65.40 in the show slot after holding third.
David Miller had four wins on the day to lead the driving colony. Pennsylvania-sired three-year-old trotters are in the Friday (June 14) spotlight at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with $169,904 in purse money divided among three Sire Stakes divisions, and four $20,000 Stallion Series contests also on the card.
There were no repeat winners in the first two Sire Stakes preliminaries, and the 11th race division brings together four horses who have one preliminary win – Marseille, Explosivebreakaway and White Tiger (all from the second prelim), plus Osterc, the 2018 Sire Stakes champion.