Hall of Fame candidates Gural and Tetrick shine at Harrah’s Philly

Chester, PA – The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Cavill Hanover came off the stakes trail and promptly wired his field in the $16,000 trotting feature in a career best 1:55 during the Wednesday (July 10) program at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt never showed any intention than to race the 3-year-old on the lead, and Cavill Hanover took the field through fractions of :27.4, :57.4, and 1:25.4. The favored Daylon Phantom came three-wide on the final turn and loomed menacingly, but Cavill Hanover had more than enough to turn back his late charge by 1-1/2 lengths. The Wolfgang A Stable Inc. and Boris Nasstrom share ownership in the winner with the Little E LLC of Jeff Gural, who earlier in the day was announced as being on the summer ballot for election to the Hall of Fame.

In a $14,500 pacing event, favored Ideal Wheel brushed to the lead after a :26.3 quarter, and before the :55.3 half, he was challenged by Santiago Style, who was parked the mile. The two continued their fight past the 1:23.4 three-quarters and into the stretch, where it was the favorite who gave way.  But Santiago Style had Western Hill on his back from the second turn, and it was that Western Ideal gelding who went by the gallant, if unlucky, Santiago Style late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Corey Callahan guided the winner of two straight and $298,707 lifetime for trainer Ed Gannon Jr., also co-owner with Frank Canzone.

Tim Tetrick, who literally minutes before the early double had his place on this summer’s Hall of Fame balloting announced, then went out to sweep the double with favorites Sweet Colt Of Mine and Turn The Paige. In all Tetrick, the leading dash-winning driver at Harrah’s Philly, had five victories; another came with the freshman Somebeachsomewhere – Fashion Ecstasy filly, Beyond Ecstasy, a full sister to Filibuster Hanover who scored the win in 1:55.3.

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