Always B Naughty resets, rallies for Philly win

Chester, PA — The backers of 2-5 favorite Always B Naughty got a bit of a scare as the filly broke stride in the stretch in Thursday’s (May 25) $14,400 featured pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but she caught stride quickly and surged to record her fourth straight victory.

Always B Naughty was parked much of a :27 opening stanza, then yielded the lead to Southwind Bella in front of the stands en route to a :54.4 half. Southwind Bella got stern first-over pressure from Ginger Tree Coco past the 1:23.1 three-quarters, while Always B Naughty and driver Yannick Gingras waited for inside space. Just as Always B Naughty struck the front, she went off gait for a couple of steps, but rebounded quickly and paced away to a 1-1/4-length, 1:51.2 victory over Ginger Tree Coco, who in turn was a neck better than Southwind Bella.

The daughter of Always B Miki ran her lifetime total to five wins in seven starts for trainer Nancy Takter, who also shares ownership with JL Benson Stables Inc. and RBH Ventures Inc.

David Miller was the top driver on the card with four wins.

The morning line favorites for the three $100,000 Invitationals that will be held at Harrah’s Philadelphia this “Super Sunday” (May 28) are Racine Bell, in the Betsy Ross Pace for distaffs; Hillexotic, in the Maxie Lee Trot; and Lochinvar Art A, in the Joseph Auger Pace. They will join with Pennsylvania-sired sophomore colts and many other fast animals on a card with more than $600,000 in purses on the line. Program pages for Friday’s (May 26) 12:25 p.m. card and the Super Sunday extravaganza are or will be available on the PHHA website.

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