CHESTER PA – The two-year-old Father Patrick - N F Happenstance trotting filly March Forth was a very good second in her first charted line, being timed in 1:59.3 during Tuesday morning qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Driver Jack Parker Jr. got the filly away third, then had her finishing well to be 13 lengths behind last year’s New York Sire Stakes champion Molotov Cocktail, a Chapter Seven colt who went fractions of :29.1, :59, 1:27.3, and 1:57 for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Linda Toscano.
One of the top two-year-old pacing colts of 2021, the Captaintreacherous gelding Hammering Hank, came home in :54.3 - :26.4 to finish second, three lengths behind the Delaware champion Heinikin By The Bay. The winning Southwind Lynx sophomore gelding rattled off splits of :28.4, :57.3, and 1:26 before finishing out in :27.1 in completing the 1:53.1 mile, fastest of the day’s qualifiers, for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Kevin Switzer. Tetrick, in addition to his recent betting card heroics here, won six of the day’s eight qualifiers.
Replays of the Tuesday Philly qualifiers will be up shortly, if not already there, at the PHHA’s website www.phha.org.