Chester, PA — Morairtime opened up a big early lead in the $14,400 featured trot on Thursday afternoon (July 23) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and held on to virtually all of that lead to the finish en route to a 1:52.3 lifetime mark.
Jack Parker Jr., driving for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker and owner James Moore III, zoomed away from the gate with the Airzoom Lindy mare, putting up fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:23.3, with pocket rival Home’n Dry not able to stay tight and other contenders having to hustle from far back. Under late high-line urging from Parker, Morairtime drew off to beat Home’n Dry by 3-1/2 lengths.
Grapple Hanover was given a fine drive by David Miller to win the $13,600 co-featured trot in 1:54.4.
Miller got away third in a :27.3 opening quarter as Captain Krupnik cleared Macmorris Hanover, then maintained his position to the :57 half as Crossfit came out to provide cover for favorite Strip It Down AS. When Strip It Down AS broke stride on the backstretch, Miller steered the Andover Hall gelding second-over by the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Captain Krupnik and Macmorris Hanover tired on the far turn after their early battle and Crossfit advanced to a head-stretch lead, but Grapple Hanover’s vaulted strongly off cover to prevail by 2-1/2 lengths for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Joshua Kaufman.
George Napolitano Jr. had four wins on the Thursday card; David Miller and Tim Tetrick had three apiece.