Chester, PA — A pair of Hall Of Famers — driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke — combined to spring a 10-1 upset with Yanks Dugout in the $16,200 trotting feature on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 4) at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Miller left with the Triumphant Caviar gelding, but found contention all around him, finally making the top just past a :27 opener before yielding to favored Sorella. After drafting behind middle fractions of :55.3 and 1:23.3, Miller asked his trotter for more, and he wheeled outside late on the turn, made his way to the lead in upper stretch, then battled home to hold off the inside thrust of Focus Pocus by a neck in 1:53.1.
This was the first victory for Yanks Dugout since May 29, and this victory helped raise his lifetime bankroll to $322,348 for owners Ivan and John Duke Sugg.
In the $15,300 co-featured trot for developing horses, recent Quebec arrival X O X O notched a second straight victory at Philly, in 1:55 despite enduring a first-over trip. But driver George Napolitano Jr. found the daughter of Angus Hall more than ready to overcome such a rough journey, winning by 1-3/4 lengths over Yucatan Party Man, who narrowly beat Colonial AS IT for second. Deborah Daguet trains the winner of six straight, a good stakes performer at two and three in Quebec, for D Racing Stable Inc.
Feature winners Miller and Napolitano each had three wins on the day.
The Harrah’s Philadelphia race office, perhaps with an eye to other stakes and events this weekend, switched the fast-class pacers to the Friday card (Aug. 5) this week. The feature is a $22,500 handicap pace, carded as race 10, with Allywag Hanover beginning from the outside in the field of six while searching for his second straight at Philly. There is also a $10,000 guaranteed pool in the Early Pick-4 (races 1-4), sparked by a $2,288.90 carryover. Post time is 12:25 p.m.; program pages are available on the PHHA website.