CHESTER PA – Favored Crystal Fashion sat behind second choice pacesetter Big Oil, moved out mid-far turn, and trotted right away from the rest of the field to win the $16,200 feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:52.4 on Thursday afternoon.
Big Oil, a world champion and winner of three of his last four, went around his rival in a :26.4 first quarter, then rested in getting a :56.4 half. The three-quarters came and went in 1:24.4, and driver Tim Tetrick, the meet’s leading driver and a seven-time winner on the day, knew his horse was full of forward motion, so he pulled him outside midturn, and the pair had the lead coming into the stretch. Big Oil lasted for second, 4¼ lengths behind the victorious Cantab Hall gelding, still one of only sixteen trotters in The 1:50 Club, who lifted his lifetime earnings to $2,045,318 for trainer Jim Campbell and Fashion Farms LLC.
In the other division of the subfeature, a contest where seven of the eight participants literally were gaining at the end, the Muscle Massive gelding My Boy Christian found enough late foot to win a blanket finish by a half length, also notching a career best 1:54.4. Owned by Cheyenne Racing Stable LLC, My Boy Christian has been reborn since teaming with trainer/driver Pat Lachance, with three wins in four starts.
On Friday, a quartet of $12,600 contests, two for trotters and two for male pacers, top the bill of fare. Sunday’s card has a most unusual pairing – the two fastest two-year-olds ever in back-to-back races! Warrawee Ubeaut, champion filly at two and three, makes her 2021 in the $22,500 distaff handicap in race seven; a race later her fellow Ron Burke barnmate and the only other 1:48.3 winner at two, Elver Hanover, takes on a tough older crew in a subfeature. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.