Liberty Bell trotting stakes action at Philly

Chester, PA — Dandy is living up to his name right now, going over $200,000 in seasonal earnings with a win in the sole $56,250 division of a Liberty Bell stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts Thursday afternoon (Sept. 22) at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

Owner-driver Jackie Ingrassia reserved the son of Cantab Hall off early fractions of :28 and :58 set by Emerald’s Legacy, then began Dandy’s trademark last-half grind before the 1:26.1 three-quarters, but he was still five lengths out at that point.

But Dandy, trained by Jackie’s husband, Frank, sustained his bid to edge potential pocket rocket That Ole Bar Stool by a head in 1:55. Dandy has now won half of his 14 starts this year, three of them in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (he was third in the championship), and now adds a Liberty Bell trophy to the Ingrassias’ collection.

The Bar Hopping-Designable gelding Designer Drink was also third in his Sire Stakes Championship, and he also won a Liberty Bell stakes, taking one of the two $30,000 divisions for 2-year-old trotting males. Designer Drink raced on the lead and finished three-quarters of a length better than 28-1 shot Big Baller Beane in 1:57.3. Tim Tetrick handled the late-developing winner, now successful in two of his last three starts, for trainer Symon Spicer and Keystone Stable.

Big Baller Beane, second in Designer Drink’s division, saw a stablemate win the other freshman cut, as another Bar Hopping gelding, Open Bar, added a Liberty Bell victory to previous successes in the Pennsylvania Stallion Series and an Arden Downs stakes by winning in 1:56.4 while 4-1/2 lengths clear of his nearest opposition. Corey Callahan drove the front-ender for trainer Steve Schoeffel and the ownership of Virginia and Kathy Schoeffel, Marian Schilling, and Daniel Goehle.

Corey Callahan and Tim Tetrick, the winners in the Liberty Bell action for rookies, each won five races on the Thursday card, and between them accounted for all three of the overnight features.

Callahan took the richest of those contests, winning the $15,300 event with the Dejarmbro gelding Star Razor on the engine in 1:53.4, his ninth win this year in 15 starts for trainer Shaun Callahan and owners Nick Callahan, Yorwollahan Racing Team and Gregory Godbout. Corey also got Hayek home in the $13,000 fast-class feature, winning in 1:54.3 for trainer Per Engblom and owners Evan Katz and Frank Canzone. Tetrick, the meet’s top driver, won a $14,400 contest with the Muscle Hill sophomore gelding Stride The Hill in 1:54.2 for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC.

The Liberty Bell stakes series for Pennsylvania-sired horses continues Friday (Sept. 23) at Harrah’s Philadelphia with three divisions of 2-year-old pacing colts and a single section of sophomore trotting fillies ready for action. Program pages are available at the PHHA website.

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