CHESTER PA – A Rocknroll Star is quickly becoming quite the equine star, winning his sixth straight race in the $20,000 Open pace for males on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with the 1:51.1 clocking achieved despite a “sloppy” oval.
Marcus Miller got the altered son of A Rocknroll Dance to the early lead, then yielded to sit behind favored Kokomo Beach as that one cleared at the :26.4 quarter and then hung middle numbers of :55 and 1:23.4. A Rocknroll Star still had a full tank coming for home and paced by the chalk for a length victory, giving him eight wins in ten starts this season and nineteen in but fifty-two career trips to the gate. Robert Cleary trains the very sharp pacer for Joseph and Vincent Barbera.
The Sweet Lou mare Feeling Sweet and driver Michael Cole wanted nobody ahead of them in the $20,000 distaff Open handicap pace, and she posted splits of :26.4, :54.4, and 1:23.1 en route to achieving that goal in 1:51.3. Favored Fade Out, racing off the pace after being assigned an outer slot, did well to get second after traffic difficulties but still was 2¾ lengths behind the winner of $503,160, who is trained by Joseph Columbo for George & Tina Dennis Racing.
Sunday’s card, beginning at 12:40, is headed by a $15,300 pace which combines both developing horses and fast-class veterans in an interesting and competitive mix. Program pages for all Philly cards are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.