Speedy miles at Philly; Man Dontforget Me wins feature

Chester, PA — Twelve horses took lifetime marks and three horses were victorious in 1:50 on a fast Friday afternoon (May 26) at Harrah’s Philadelphia.

One of the 1:50 miles and new marks was put up by the Manhardt mare Man Dontforget Me, who went wire-to-wire in the $20,000 distaff Open Pace. Maximizing the good fortune of moving into post six because of scratches, Man Dontforget Me and driver Marcus Miller paid a :26 price to get to the lead then backed off the half to :55. Favorite Gotthegreenlight engaged the pacesetter before the 1:22.3 three-quarters and stayed right at her in the :27.2 sprint home, but Man Dontforget Me was resilient and held on by three-quarters of a length for trainer Daniel Renaud and owner Robert DiNozzi.

The other 1:50 clockings came in high-level claiming events, and both generated lifetime bests. The Captaintreacherous gelding Voyager sailed to victory for driver Simon Allard, trainer Darren Taneyhill, and owner Eric Prevost. The other speedy winner was the Rockin Image gelding High Impression, driven by Tim Tetrick — the day’s top driver with five wins — and successful off a claim by trainer/owner Clifford Scofield.

The highly-regarded 3-year-old pacing filly Charleston, a six-time winner at 2 and second in the Breeders Crown and Kindergarten Final, made her 2023 bow against a field of tough older horses. The daughter of Downbytheseaside raced second-over as Big Bettor Hanover set splits of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:23.4 with In The Spotlight N on her back, and was fifth and 4-1/4 lengths off the lead at head-stretch. However, she put in twin splits of :27.1 in the back half to miss by only a neck while dead-heating for second with Big Bettor Hanover. Winner In The Spotlight N took a new mark of 1:51.3 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jeff Cullipher, top conditioner at the meet and also co-owner of the winner with Pollack Racing LLC.

“Super Sunday” comes to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday (May 28), with almost $640,000 in purses on the line. The three $100,000 Invitational races feature fields who have earned over $17 million combined, while top 3-year-old pacing colts will contest a trio of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. There will also be a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Late Pick-4 (races 10-13), which includes the Invitationals. Program pages for the Super Sunday extravaganza are available on the PHHA website.

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