CHESTER PA – Its Mesmerise N, a daughter of American Ideal who has been no worse than second in her last five starts, took a new mark of 1:51.3 in winning the $11,600 featured pace for distaffs Wednesday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
Andrew McCarthy positioned the winner of two of her last three starts behind pacesetting Vorst, who posted splits of :27.4, :56.2, and 1:24. The winner was locked in nearing headstretch by first-over favorite Anytime N, so McCarthy directed Its Mesmerise N into the Philly passing lane, and the pair came home in :27.2 to post a length decision over Vorst, with Anytime N lasting for third. Darran Cassar trains the winner for Windermere Stable LLC.
You’d think that a driver of Miller’s accomplishments wouldn’t be the leading producer of $50+ longshot winners at a track, but when Miller clicked with Needless To Say at $68.40 in the second race, he became the first driver to post two “bomber” victories at the track this year. Miller also notched the first big-price winner of the 2020 season at Philly, while Needless To Say’s trainer, Bill “Moon” Mullin, was the first to hang a huge win mutuel up at Pocono at the start of this year.
Three-year-old pacing fillies look to secure their spots in their Championship events at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Thursday, as the track will host two $93,142 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions and five $20,000 sections of the Stallion Series in their final preliminary legs. The top pointearners in the Sire Stakes will be back at Philly on Sunday, September 6 as part of the $1.2 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Three-Year-Old Championship card.