CHESTER PA – The Sunshine Beach gelding Colonel Bayama got a golden two-hole trip behind pacesetting favorite Meet The Creeper, then came out in the lane and proved stronger to take the $14,400 featured pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday afternoon.
Meet The Creeper stormed away to grab control quickly, with driver Troy Beyer steering Colonel Bayama up to ride in the pocket behind fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23. The outer tiers never threatened, so Beyer was able to get Colonel Bayama off the rail turning for home, and the pair passed the chalk by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1, a new lifetime mark for the Todd Buter trainee, who is owned by Leona Morrissey.
Tim Tetrick’s backers cashed win tickets six times on the afternoon, including on a pair of un-Tetrick-like 13-1 upsetters. Tim has 19 victories through the first eight days of the meet, followed by the McCarthy brothers, Andrew (15) and Todd (12, including three today).
Sunday’s 12:40 card will be topped by a pair of $16,200 handicap paces, one each for each sex, with the males having to face the formidable Vettel N as he goes for his fifth straight victory while trying to surmount the outside post eight. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.