CHESTER PA – Developing younger horses were featured on Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with an $11,200 event for both male pacers and for trotters.
Hall of Fame driver David Miller took the shortest way home to triumph in both features, coming up the inside after front-end battles. On the pace, the Well Said gelding Step On The Gas had the inside seas part for him after favorites Jollity and Miki U So Fine dueled, with clear sailing for Miller as he put a new mark of 1:52.4 on the pacer. The winner is now 2-for-3 since entering the Ron Burke stable for owner Shannon Murphy.
It was déjà vu all over again for Miller behind the Muscle Massive gelding Keystone Thunder in the trotting headliner. Horse and driver followed along behind Gerard and favored Boom City as they traded the lead, then came home steadily to get the decision in 1:57.1, also taking a new speed badge for trainer Joseph Eisenhower Sr. and owners Howard and Joshua Kauffman. Those bettors who relied on the active driver with the most money earned in the sulky were rewarded with $20.20 on Step On The Gas and $28.00 on Keystone Thunder.
Trainer Nancy Takter looks like she has yet another nice trotter, although this one comes from an unconventional route, through France and Ireland. The mare Eva Dairpet FR was reserved off cover by driver Dexter Dunn (who topped drivers with three wins), then tipped wide and finished full of trot to win her North American bow in 1:53.3. Alan Wallace of Dublin, Ireland owns the promising distaff, now with six wins and three seconds in 17 lifetime starts.
Harrah’s will be racing on Thursday with a first post of 12:25 p.m. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.