Tetrick wins six in Philadelphia 2-year-old races

Chester, PA — Two-year-olds continued their education into the racing wars on Tuesday morning (June 25) at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with ten events held — three for pacers of each sex and two each for male and female trotters. Driver Tim Tetrick had a big hand in the proceedings as he won six times, two times with pacers of each sex and once in each of the trotting divisions.

Three of Tetrick’s wins came with pacers trained by Scott Di Domenico.

Quickest of the Tetrick/Di Domenico males was Nikola J, a Tall Dark Stranger colt out of Ideal Newton, who had a smashing mile of 1:56.2 in his first start. Coming from third at the half, Nikola J streaked home in :27.1 in winning for Oompa’s Farm Inc. and Joseph Barbera. The same connections and Vincent Barbera combined with Currys Flurry (Papi Rob Hanover–All Cool Hanover), now a two-time winner after a 1:58.4-:28.1 mile.

Among the filly pacers, it was Tetrick/Di Domenico/Oompa’s/Joseph Barbera again with the fastest performer, the Captaintreacherous–Sammy’s Magic Girl distaff Sammy Jo Hanover, who blitzed home in :27.3 to stop the timer in 1:57.1 for her second success.

Fastest of the freshman trotters was the Walner–Southern Senorita filly Admiring, who won her debut in 2:00.3. Sitting third at the half, Admiring powered home in :28.3 to take the decision for driver Simon Allard, trainer Nifty Norman, and owners Tony Holmes and June Zent.

Their colt counterparts were headed by Dive Bar Hanover, a Bar Hopping gelding out of Deli-massive. Dive Bar Hanover fronted his field throughout in 2:02.1, with identical :30 back end quarters in making his first start successful for driver Tetrick, trainer Kevin Lare, and owner Frank Chick.

With many of the 2-year-olds now to be racing on the pari-mutuel cards or on the fair circuit, which begins today at the Big Butler Fair, the weekly 2-year-old race recaps will be discontinued, although if something spectacular happens during the a.m. the news will be dispersed, and we of course will continue to provide highlights of freshmen in betting races.

Replays of the qualifying races are to be made available at www.phha.org.

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