CHESTER PA – Backstreet Shadow, undefeated in four starts since joining the powerful Burke Brigade, is the 2-1 favorite from post two for driver Tim Tetrick in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) event for fast-class pacers Sunday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
The Shadow Play gelding posted a 1:47.3 victory on Hambletonian Day, and last Saturday he won his GNOS debut at Pocono, making two moves and winning a photo in 1:49.2 on a sloppy track. Backstreet Shadow would need victory here and in next week’s final GNOS preliminary contest for his division at Pocono to give himself a chance at qualifying for his division’s $100,000 GNOS Championship at 1¼ miles during the Monday, September 9 card at the mountain oval – only four horses would have a bigger pointtotal after this week’s racing than he would if he won both times.
Others in Sunday’s nine-horse field for the fifth race GNOS contest are (from the remaining posts, inside-out) I’m A Big Deal, Sweet Rock, Imarocnrollegend N, Shineonucrzydiamnd A, Prairie Panther (a GNOS winner earlier this month at Pocono), and Lyons Steel from the trailing post nine.
The 1¼-mile $100,000 GNOS Championships, for open pacers, open trotters, and distaff pacers, as noted will be raced on the September 9 twilight card at Pocono, along with the eight $40,000 Championships of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series.