CHESTER PA – Harrah’s Philadelphia enjoyed its third million-dollar handle day of 2021 during the Friday afternoon card, as a total of $1,027,659 was sent through the windows by Philly’s fans.
On the racetrack, there were a quartet of $12,600 events for horses looking to make strides up the class ladder.
The two paces were divided by sex, and in the event for males the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore colt Carbine showed his dominance as he sped home in :27.3 to post a 1:52 triumph. Coming off a fifth in an Adios elimination where he missed making the final by only 1½ lengths, Carbine proved have to have too much for the opposition, finishing 1½ lengths clear of Louie The Looper for driver Todd McCarthy, trainer Tony Alagna, and the hot ownership package of Let It Ride Stables Inc., Bottom Line Racing LLC, and Howard Taylor.
The first of the two trotting contests went to the Amigo Hall mare Tequila N Roses, who raced just off a front-end fight and then caught pacesetting Tranquility K by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3 for driver Vinny Ginsburg and trainer / lessee Teresa Willabus, giving the four-year-old two wins in her last three starts.
In the other section, the Chapter Seven three-year-old gelding Steel took advantage of a drop in company from the New York stakes crowd, making two moves to the lead in a fast pace and then winning by open lengths in a lifetime best of 1:55.1 for driver Andy Miller, trainer Julie Miller, and the ownership of Pinske Stables and Crawford Farms Racing.
The fast-class pacing set are ready to go in a $16,200 feature on Sunday afternoon at Philly, with half the field of eight rising up off victories and the early favorite Pyro starting from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Program pages for the 12:40 card Sunday are available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.