The Bettor’s Delight gelding Barimah A, who last week lost a three-race winning streak when he drew an outside post, saw his pill shake turn upside-down this week – from “9” to “6” – and took advantage of the more favorable starting slot to regain his winning ways, posting a 1:50 victory in the $20,000 featured pace Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Pocono.
Once again, in 2016, slot machine revenue was significantly higher on race days vs. non-race days at PA tracks. That's just some of the good news highlighted in the 2016 Annual Report from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, and it shows how strong and mutually beneficial the relationship is between horse racing and casino gaming.
So, why exactly is that great news for PA residents?
Trotters of both sexes raced in three $15,000 divisions of Bobby Weiss Series action on Tuesday at The Downs and Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the distaffs going in their fourth and final prelim, while the males contesting their third prelim round action.
Your Guide To Handicapping Harrah's Philadelphia.
"TROTTIN' THURSDAY" CARD AGAIN FEATURING TALENTED DIAMONDGAITERS HERE AT PHILLY
"Trottin' Thursday" at Harrah's Philadelphia has again gathered many competitive fields of fast horses on the crosslegged gait, with today's featured $15,000 contest put in the eight slot. Six of the entrants show a win within their last three starts; a seventh shows a second and a third in his only three racelines; and the program favorite, CROSBY'S CLAM BAKE, hopes to find winning ways after two seconds and four thirds in his last seven trips behind the gate. The co-featured conditioned trots, worth $13,000, see IHOLDON (sixth race, full field of nine) and LUMINOSITY (race eleven) as the program picks, and both have the ability to win.
The Sunday (April 23) action at Harrah's Philadelphia was centered around upper-conditioned level pacers, featuring two divisions of both non-winners of $21,500 in their last five starts and non-winners of $15,000 in their last five, going for purse monies of $17,500 and $15,000, respectively.
The first division of the non-winners of $21,500 went to the Ron Burke trainee Rock N' Roll World (Yannick Gingras). The 5-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover was able to clear the lead before the quarter, before yielding to Blaise MM Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). After a slight second quarter rating (:28.2), Rene Allard trainee Crafty Master (Simon Allard) floated out first-over, but was unable to make serious headway. As they turned for home, Rock N' Roll World used the passing lane to get up in time over Blaise MM Hanover (second) and a closing Fashion Bythebeach (third), stopping the clock in 1:51, a seasonal mark. Rock N' Roll World is owned by Burke Racing, M1 Stable, Larry Karr, and Silva Stable 45.
Dash Of Danger looked to complete a sweep of his four $15,000 preliminary rounds of the Bobby Weiss Series for male pacers Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, but his hopes were dashed when the American Ideal colt Talent Soup dashed home in 54.2 – 26.3 despite being first-over to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:51.1.
FIRST RACE – A cooler night, with temperatures in the high 40s all evening … Stretch tailwind … AVENUE HANOVER was caught four-wide to the 1/8, then ducked down to two-wide uncovered, found the pocket 5/16, stayed tight until nearing headstretch, pulled out, was briefly passed by
Major Uptrend has now won four times in a row, and is a nose away from having won eight straight, after he made the 181-mile ship from Dover to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono a profitable one Saturday night, taking the $25,000 winners-over pace in 1:50.
Your Daily Guide To Handicapping Harrah's Philadelphia.
FAVORITE WIN RATE STILL HIGH -- BUT AVERAGE PRICE UP DUE TO "BOMBERS"
The percentage of favored horses finding their way to the winners circle at Harrah's Philadelphia stayed high during this past week's racing -- the chalk won exactly half the races (28 of 56) from this past Wednesday to Sunday, keeping the win ratio slightly above 50% in the young meet. But the meet average win price went up over 20%, to almost $9.00, due to the fact that a few of the "bombers," the $50+ longshots, also found their way home -- one on Thursday, and then two on Friday. Two horses may vie for favoritism in each of today's $16,000 features (see WATCH OUT FOR, below) but at least the "upset factor" is back in the local air after last week.
Mel Brooks took to Twitter this week to lambaste the Los Angeles Times for slashing daily coverage of horse racing at Santa Anita Park. So far, his Tweet has received close to 800 retweets and over 2,500 likes.
Brooks, the director of classic comedies like "Blazing Saddles," Young Frankenstein" and "Spaceballs," is well known as a passionate horse racing fan. Little wonder he was unhappy at the paper's decision to stop publishing entries and results in their print edition.
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