Shes Pukka N downs tough Philly distaffers; Tetrick wins seven more

Chester, PA — Shes Pukka N went right to the top and never looked back, winning the $22,500 distaff handicap pacing feature on Sunday (May 1) at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:50.4.

Majorca N, starting from the outside in the field of five after winning her first four U.S. starts, was the odds-on favorite, but she got away last while Shes Pukka N got away first for driver Tony Morgan, posting fractions of :26.4 and :55.3 before Rockn Philly, sitting the pocket trip, moved out to give the leader a hard challenge approaching three-quarters in 1:23.2.

Majorca N got no help at all from cover and was far behind the top two turning for home. Rockn Philly sustained her bid, but Shes Pukka N still had plenty in the tank, dashing home in :27.2 to defeat the pocket sitter by three-quarters of a length. Majorca N lost little luster despite her first Stateside loss, covering her back half in :54.1, but she had too far to come against Shes Pukka N, a daughter of Betterthancheddar and winner of $459,084 trained by Brian Malone for owner Peter Paul Venturini.

In the $14,400 co-featured pace for developing horses, the 4-year-old Big Jim gelding Springbridge Duel won by 13-1/4 lengths while equaling his mark of 1:51.2. Dexter Dunn was just a passenger behind the Jennifer Bongiorno trainee, who came home in :55.1 for owners Glenn Goller, Abraham Basen and Mark Harder.

Driver Tim Tetrick captured seven of the afternoon’s races, increasing his meet-leading win total to 35 on the first 12 cards, or almost three a performance. On this card, Tetrick brought home two winners each for trainers Jeff Cullipher and Scott DiDomenico.

Racing resumes at the riverside oval on Thursday (May 5) at 12:25 p.m. On May 11, Harrah’s will go to its regular schedule of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday racing at 12:25 p.m., and Sunday at 12:40 p.m. This coming week, Harrah’s Philadelphia will also conduct a special live card on Saturday (May 7), Kentucky Derby Day, with the trotters and pacers taking to the track at 12:40 p.m. Program pages will be available on the PHHA website.

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