Amigo Volo reaches in Philly feature; six trots in 1:54 or faster

Chester, PA — Amigo Volo added another highlight to his impressive list of career accomplishments, out-finishing Stormy Kromer in 1:52 to take Thursday’s (Aug. 18) $22,500 handicap trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

In the handicap field of seven, the race office assigned Stormy Kromer post six and Amigo Volo post seven, and they got it just right. Stormy Kromer rapidly sprinted clear of JL Cruze, with Dexter Dunn dropping Amigo Volo into the three-hole before the :26.4 quarter. With Scirocco Rob starting to come out of fourth at the :55.4 half, Amigo Volo again moved to the outside, and the rest of the race was basically between the first-over Amigo Volo and pacesetter Stormy Kromer, with Amigo Volo creeping up past the 1:23.1 three-quarters and battling the game Stormy Kromer to the finish, winning by a head.

Nifty Norman trains the 5-year-old Father Patrick gelding, the leader of his 3-year-old division and never far from the top of his class during his entire career. He now has 25 victories from 55 starts and earnings of $1,783,449 for Pinske Stables and David J. Miller.

The Break The Bank K gelding Double Account atoned for a miscue on arrival from New Jersey, winning the $16,200 co-featured trot in 1:52.3. Tim Tetrick, adding to his meet-leading total with six winners Thursday, yielded to favorite Yanks Dugout to the :27.1 quarter, retook quickly to control middle splits of :56.1 and 1:23.2, and outlasted Yanks Dugout by two lengths. Trainer Jeff Cullipher co-owns the winner of $272,592 with Pollack Racing LLC.

It’s hard to consider a winner of over $500,000 a “developing horse,” but the 4-year-old Creatine gelding Take All Comers had won only five races in his career, so he was eligible to the $15,300 class usually thought of as a stage for up-and-coming horses. Take All Comers made short work of his field, rolling up to the lead near a :28.1 opener and then posting splits of :57 and 1:24.4 en route to victory in 1:53.1. Runthetable Stables owns the fast trotter, whom Tetrick drove for trainer Jim Campbell.

Three other trotters won in 1:54 or less: Nylander (1:54), River Otter (1:53.2) and Sorella, who is just shy of a seven-figure career after a 1:53 victory.

Racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia continues on Friday (Aug. 19) with a pair of $22,500 handicap paces. In the contest for male pacers, Jimmy Freight, rated No. 1 in the Top Ten polls earlier this year, returns after the better part of two months away from the races. Among the distaffers, Majorca N returns to the oval where she won the Betsy Ross Invitational in May. Both of these pacers have been assigned the outside starting slots in their respective fields of six. First post is 12:25 p.m.; program pages are available on the PHHA website.

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