Veteran driver Andy Miller recorded the 9000th victory of his very successful career on Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia when he came home first with American Filly in 1:52.1 for trainer Joe Pavia Jr.
Mother's Day is always huge at Harrah's Philadelphia, and this year was no exception. The combination of beautiful spring weather and the track's stunning waterfront location attracted families from all over the Philadelphia area and as far away as upstate New York, the Jersey Shore and Washington, D.C. And it seemed like every group had a different plan for their celebrations.
Many arrived early to enjoy the 11am brunch at the luxurious Cove Restaurant overlooking the track—and ended up staying for the races. "This is the first time we've been to horse races," said the patriarch of one extended clan from the Maryland/D.C. area. "We were just finishing up eating as the races started so instead of going home, we decided to move to the patio."
Others picked up pizzas, salads and sandwiches to go from the new Market fast casual eatery in the casino area. Also new is Guy Fieri's Philly Kitchen which you can enjoy two ways: grab some takeout and head to the patio, or enjoy a view of the track right from select tables inside the restaurant. The line for the trackside Philly Steak Shack was practically out the door, but patrons didn't seem to mind, as the line moved quickly despite the big turnout.
"My husband's parents drive up from Wildwood every year for Mother's Day and we spend it together at the track," said one woman who also enjoyed a ride in Harrah's famous Hummer H2 starting car. "In fact, we'll probably be back for Father's Day."
If you're also planning a trip to Harrah's to celebrate Dad on Sunday, June 18, post time is set for 12:40pm and here are links to more information, plus all of the mouth-watering dining options you can enjoy to make pop's special day as enjoyable as mom's.
Harrah's Dining Options
2017 Racing Schedule
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?
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.
The Keystone Chapter of the U.S. Harness Writers Association has announced its award winners for their outstanding accomplishments in Pennsylvania racing during 2016. And of the seven award categories put to the voters, three of them resulted in two winners -- which was quite predictable!
Let’s see how that could be.
The Mary Lib Miller Award, named after the wife of Hall of Famer Delvin Miller and herself an integral part of Delvin's many success stories, is the highest award the Chapter gives annually, for overall outstanding contributions to Pennsylvania racing. This year, two members of the Bedford (PA) Sports Hall of Fame, Sam Beegle and Roger Hammer, were the nominees, and there were three choices for the voters: Beegle individually, Hammer individually, or Beegle and Hammer jointly.
-----------------------PA Harness Week