Tsipouras, Glasser upset in Philly AHDC splits

Chester, PA — Frank Tsipouras and Neil Glasser exploded the tote board with wins in their respective $7,500 divisions of the American Harness Drivers Club (AHDC) at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon (June 9).

In the pacing division, Tsipouras fired down the road with 12-1 shot Needless To Say to post a 1:55.1 win.

Tsipouras sent his charge out of the pylon post for the top, took control and rolled through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.4. His main challenge came through the final turn as even-money favorite Rock Idol (driven by Yogi Sheridan) slowly closed into contention from a parked trip and ducked into the second spot as pocket-sitter Duckies Dynasty (Neil Glasser) faltered through the field. Needless To Say stayed strong through the lane despite his shrinking advantage to keep a half length in front of Rock Idol at the beam with Never Easy Z Tam (Alexandra Goldin) checking in third and Wilsons Vinner (Raymond Burt) fourth.

Frank Tsipouras trains Needless To Say, a 7-year-old gelding by Warrawee Needy, for owner August Santore. He paid $26.60 to win.

Though Glasser’s charge checked in last in division one, he exacted revenge to the tune of 36-1 odds behind Common Parlance in a 1:57.2 score to take the AHDC Trot.

Glasser launched Common Parlance forward and landed the pocket spot behind Ghibli (Matt Zuccarello) and first-over Lionhead (James Slendorn) as they dueled through an opening clip of :28.1 and :57.3. But while the front two remained embroiled in battle, 2-5 favorite Ice Breakers K (Yogi Sheridan) looped three wide and swarmed for the lead to the backside. Ice Breakers K bolted to a two-length lead at three-quarters in 1:26.3 and cruised for home as Glasser shook free from the pylons with Common Parlance. Gradually, Common Parlance marched towards Ice Breakers K and persisted down the center of the track through the stretch. Common Parlance pushed forward at the beam to put a neck up on Ice Breakers K while Lionhead gave chase to take third, beaten four lengths, and Bangin In The Hall (Pearly Allen) checked in fourth.

Joseph Eisenhower Sr. trains Common Parlance, a 10-year-old gelding by Crazed, for owner Henry Ottinger. He paid $74.80 to win.

AHDC action is slated to continue at Harrah’s Philadelphia next Sunday (June 16) with a pacing and trotting division accepting entries. First-race post time at Harrah’s Philadelphia is 12:40 p.m. (EDT).

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