Chester, PA — Brothers Andy and Todd McCarthy dominated the Friday (May 20) proceedings at Harrah’s Philadelphia, each driving five winners on the 14-race card.
The top race of the day, a $14,400 conditioned pace, saw the impressive sophomore Camouflage Money earn his second straight victory with a 1:52.2 score — and, to no surprise, a McCarthy was aboard for the winning drive. Todd McCarthy moved the Betting Line-Shelliscape gelding from fifth at the half, and the pacer ate up racetrack through a :54.4 back half to defeat 108-1 shot Bad And Boujee by three lengths for trainer Linda Toscano and the partnership of the South Mountain Stables, Camelot Stable and JAF Racing.
For the meet, Tim Tetrick is on top with 56 wins, followed by the McCarthy brothers in the second and third slots: Andy with 47 and Todd with 42.
On Sunday (May 22), a field of eight pacers with over $5 million in combined earnings and an average speed mark will knock heads in the featured $22,500 handicap pace, slotted as the eighth race on the 14-race card. No Lou Zing is tabbed as the early 2-1 favorite for driver Joe Bongiorno and trainer Jenn Bongiorno. Program pages are available on the PHHA website. Some of the horses in Sunday’s feature may be back in next week’s $100,000 Commodore Barry Pace, one of three invitational events at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 29, joining the $100,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Trot and the $100,000 Betsy Ross for top pacing mares, as well as a gathering of Pennsylvania-sired 3-year-old fillies contesting Sire Stakes and Stallion Series events on the undercard.