Liberty Bell stakes conclude at Philly; Napolitano wins eight

Chester, PA — Driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. won both $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 25) while sons of Captaintreacherous won both colt pacing divisions.

Beyond that, George Napolitano Jr. won just about everything else on the Sunday program. The 56-year-old Napolitano, sixth in the 2022 drivers’ win statistics and sixth all-time among active North American drivers with 11,487 victories, won eight races.

Captain Cowgirl lived up to her 1-20 backing with a four-length tally over Lydeo in 1:53.4 in her Liberty Bell section. The daughter of Captaintreacherous boosted her record to six wins and $318,804 in nine starts this campaign, and 11-for-18 and $569,875 lifetime, for Tetrick, King, and owners Jo-Ann Looney King and Kenneth Frieder. The “Cowgirl” continues to hold her form after her record-setting Sire Stakes season, when she became the first pacer ever to win the preliminary points crown and her Sire Stakes Championships at both two and three, and her seasonal PASS earnings of $264,374 were the most ever by a sophomore.

Tetrick and King also won the other filly section with Lyons Serenity. After breaking stride in her last two races, the Sweet Lou filly bottomed out the field, staying a half length to the good of Heartbreak Hotel after that one menaced late in 1:51.3. Threelyonsracing owns the career earner of $305,064.

To add to his filly victory, Captaintreacherous got both siring credits in the Liberty Bell races for male pacers. Captain Cowboy rallied up the inside for a half-length win over Code Cracker in 1:51.4 for trainer-driver Åke Svanstedt, who co-owns the winner of $251,194 with Little E LLC and PCW Racing LLC.

An altered son of Captaintreacherous, Energetic Hanover, won his stakes section, overcoming a first-over trip to also win in 1:51.4. The aptly-named “Energetic” won by 1-3/4 lengths over Unsung Hero to raise his bankroll to $111,099 for the father-son team of trainer Brett and driver Jack Pelling, and the partnership of David McDuffee, Melvin Hartman, Steven Arnold and Paul Bordogna.

Harrah’s Philadelphia currently hosts racing on Thursdays and Fridays at 12:25 p.m. and Sundays at 12:40 p.m. Thursday’s (Sept. 29) action will feature a $22,500 handicap trot for seasoned fast-class performers. Program pages are or will be available via the PHHA website.

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