Philly feature winner Hayek takes fourth in a row

Chester, PA — Hayek continued his torrid form streak by taking his fourth straight victory in Thursday’s (June 30) featured $22,500 handicap trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia, equaling his best clocking of 1:52.3.

Yannick Gingras left well with the altered son of E L Titan to lead through a :27 quarter before yielding to Scirocco Rob behind middle fractions of :55.2 and 1:24. Favored Amigo Volo stormed to command on the far turn, with Gingras backing Hayek out to follow the new leader. In the stretch, Hayek proved a neck stronger than Amigo Volo, with Scirocco Rob another 1-1/4 lengths back in third.

Per Engblom trains the talented Hayek, who boosted his career earnings to $361,521, for the ownership of Evan Katz, David Rovine Stable LLC and Frank Canzone.

Baldaquin doesn’t get to the races that much, but when he does, he certainly maximizes his opportunities. He made his 6-year-old debut in the $15,300 co-featured trot — only the 27th start in his career — but Baldaquin was certainly ready for his foes. The Explosive Matter gelding followed cover while favored Infinity Stone set fractions of :28, :56.4 and 1:25.2, then picked up the leader and left him three-quarters of a length behind while equaling his mark of 1:54.1.

David Miller drove Baldaquin for trainer Louise Pepin, who shares ownership of the 12-time winner with Steven Bryden.

Drivers Yannick Gingras, Todd McCarthy and Yannick Gingras, and trainer Per Engblom all had triples on the Thursday card.

Racing at Harrah’s Philadelphia will commence at 12:25 p.m. on Friday (July 1) and 12:40 p.m. on Sunday (July 3). The Sunday action will feature over $190,000 worth of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action for 3-year-old trotting colts, with the only two-time winner in either sector to date, Sire Stakes competitor Dandy, having to overcome the outside post seven in his division. Program pages are or will be available on the PHHA website.

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