Chester, PA — The full sister to Pinkman, the Explosive Matter-Margie Seelster freshman filly Im All Pink, made her career debut a winning one on Thursday (Nov. 29) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, rallying from the pocket to catch pacesetter Bag O Chips by a neck in 1:57.4 in a $12,000 conditioned trot.
The $210,000 yearling, owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland, and Herb Liverman, was handled by trainer Jimmy Takter, a man who looked awfully comfortable in the sulky that he is due to trade for a rocking chair upon his upcoming retirement.
Jackie’s Jim was a pocket rocket in taking the $17,000 featured trot on Thursday in 1:56.3. Driver Scott Zeron quickly grabbed the early advantage with the sophomore Muscle Massive gelding, then yielded to Mr Houdini and sat behind that one during fractions of :28.2, :58.2, and 1:27.2. Favored Tymal Reign couldn’t sustain her first-over bid through the lane, and Zeron chose the route inside of Mr Houdini, winning by a half-length but with Zeron sitting chilly in the bike on the 44-degree day.
Jackie’s Jim, who had won three straight before having too far to come in finishing fourth in his previous start, got a new winning skein going for trainer Gary Simpson and owner Eric Good. Ironically, Mr Houdini, just behind today’s winner, lost a three-race winning streak with the narrow defeat.
There were a pair of $14,500 co-features on “Trottin’ Thursday” at Philly. The first went to the Cam’s Rocket sophomore gelding What That Is, who came strongly off cover and then withstood the horse on his back, favored Marion Gondolier, by a length in 1:55.3 for driver Eric Carlson, trainer Kerry Welty, and owner Brian Emerson.
In the second co-feature, Majestic Presence controlled the throttle en route to a 1:54.3 triumph for driver Andy Miller and trainer/wife Julie. The Majestic Son mare let Truemass Volo go to the lead before the :27.3 quarter, quickly reclaimed the top and posted middle splits of :57 and 1:25.1, and then withstood a nice comeback effort from Truemass Volo by a length, winning her second straight for owner Kapildeo Singh.
Winning the day’s honors for most impressive pacing performance was the A Rocknroll Dance sophomore filly Reclamation, who is a mini-United Nations all in one. She was bred in Sweden, is part-owned by Donal Murphy of Ireland, who put a 8-4-3-0 scorecard on her this year at home tracks, then sent her over stateside to trainer Ron Burke, where she races for Murphy and co-owner W.J. Donovan. Reclamation had Yannick Gingras guiding her in her first U.S. start to a 1:53.4 win. The filly came home in :56–:27.4 without competition, but giving the impression that there still is plenty more left in the tank.
George Napolitano Jr. continued a hot sulky streak, with four winners Thursday combining with the three he reined home first Wednesday.