Givem The Goo takes fourth in a row

Chester, PA — Givem The Goo won his fourth consecutive race on Thursday afternoon (Oct. 14) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, handling a step up to $14,400 company and winning easily in 1:56.2.

Driver Russell Foster got the 3-year-old Googoo Gaagaa gelding to the lead, then yielded to Lepanto just after a :28.3 quarter. Åke Svanstedt, the driver of Lepanto, backed the half down to :59.4, with the price of trotting increasing to a 1:27.2 three-quarters as World Bank led a two-wide charge up the backstretch and through the turn.

Foster waited until the stretch and moved Givem The Goo to the passing lane, where he wore down Levanto by 1-1/4 lengths to record his fifth win in eight seasonal starts after not racing at 2. Kerry Welty trains the talented trotter for owner Brian Emerson.

The $11,200 fast-class trot went to the Break The Bank K gelding Bank Box Treasure, who paid $180.60 to win for long shot specialist driver Troy Beyer.

Beyer sent Bank Box Treasure to the lead, yielded to Lucy Mae Hanover going to the :27 quarter, then kept the pocket filled as the leader parked Ev’s Girl past a :56.1 half. A host of sweepers, led by Gold Medal Swan, advanced up the backstretch to reach contention by the 1:25.2 three-quarters, but Beyer and his horse held their position, then went by Gold Medal Swan for a head victory in 1:55.3 for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen and owner Gilbert Garcia-Hererra.

Younger horses predominate on the Friday (Oct. 15) card at Philly, and the favorite in the featured $14,400 pace is Literl Lad Hanover, a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner earlier this year. Post time is 12:25 p.m.; program pages are available at the PHHA website.

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