CHESTER PA – Trainer/driver Jeff Gregory swept the $16,000 featured trots at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon with P L Ketchup and Turville Hanover – and almost everything else was taken by the track’s leading driver, Tim Tetrick, who won seven times during the program’s thirteen races.
The Kadabra gelding P L Ketchup was coming off a sick scratch, and in his last 45 starts over the last two years had three wins and eleven seconds, but all systems were “go” as the trotter switched to Gregory’s barn and promptly took a new mark of 1:53.3. P L Ketchup went splits of :27.3, :56.2, and 1:24 that gave him a big advantage over his foes, and when the two favorites, Hatkivah and Steuben Hanover, tried to advance in the stretch, “Ketchup” held off their late charges, with Steuben Hanover ¾ of a length back in second and Hatkivah another half-length behind in third. The Jesmeral Stable’s acquisition immediately returned a good dividend on their investment.
Tim Tetrick was on fire from the opening bell, winning the first three races on the card, and then added races nine through twelve to get to his seven-bagger. Tetrick now leads George Napolitano Jr. 271-238 at the top of the 2019 drivers win column, and looks to be in good position to win his sixth dash title at Harrah’s. Napolitano has won seven crowns– in fact, they are the only two drivers since the inaugural year of the racetrack (2006) to be Philly dashwinning champions; Cat Manzi took the title in that first meet.