CHESTER PA – The red-hot barn of trainer Jim Campbell sent out another promising youngster on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, as Chapter Fashion took the $16,000 trotting part of twin features on the card. In the feature restricted to pacing distaffs, Backseat Terror took her field coast-to-coast.
Chapter Fashion, who had shown good speed amidst a couple of breaking outings, was on best behavior here for driver David Miller, brushing to the lead in front of the grandstand and coming home in 57.2 to defeat the favored filly Antonia by ¾ of a length in 1:55.1, equaling his racing best and a fifth off his time in a qualifying win at The Meadowlands. The Fashion Farms LLC up-and-comer is a sophomore Chapter Seven gelding by New Hampshire Gal, whose dam Yankee Kelsie is a ¾ sister to stakes star Yankee Glide.
Since the first of June, Campbell’s barn shows a 21-9-4-1 record – and that includes all the horses in four baby races at Philly this past Tuesday where the 1-2 finishers were Campbell trainees.
Trainer Mark Harder recorded the 2000th victory of his career during the Friday card when his pupil Ataboy Hanover drew off to an easy victory in an $11,000 trot, in the process taking a new mark of 1:54.3. The 58-year-old native of Wellington, New Zealand enjoyed his best season in 2004, when Holborn Hanover, former co-holder of the all-time fastest race mile at 1:46.4, won the Meadowlands Pace, the Progress Pace at Dover, and the Dancer Pace at Freehold in contributing heavily to the Harder stable’s $6M+ in earnings.
Finally, driver Tim Tetrick won the first three races of the day at Harrah’s, then won with his last drive on the card in the twelfth to boost his lifetime total two shy of the 11,000 mark – which will mark yet another impressive milestone for the 37-year-old, as he will be only the tenth North American driver to achieve that figure.