CHESTER PA – Two Dan Patch divisional champions from 2021 will begin from the opposite ends of the starting gate in the “featured qualifier” at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.
In the ninth and final qualifier, Lyons Sentinel will start from the rail for trainer Jim King Jr. and driver Tim Tetrick. Champion of her division at two and four, the now-five-year-old daughter of Captaintreacherous, who has $2,003,594 in lifetime earnings, was second in a qualifier at Harrah’s Philly last Tuesday, pacing her last three-quarters in 1:23, and is likely to be even tighter for this mile.
Drawing outside in the field of six is another champion sired by Captaintreacherous, Allywag Hanover, beginning his five-year-old campaign for trainer Brett Pelling and driver Todd McCarthy. A winner of $942,000 last season, Allywag Hanover won in 1:46.4 at Lexington, and counted among his triumphs the TVG Final, the Allerage, the Canadian Pacing Derby, and the William Haughton and Sam McKee Memorials.
Trainer Pelling will have Hammering Hank starting from the outside of a field of seven in another qualifier. Yet another offspring of Captaintreacherous, Hammering Hank was one of last year’s best freshman colts, winning eight of eleven starts and $283,218 while capturing the Kindergarten Final and the Pennsylvania Stallion Series Championship in addition to posting 2-4 finishes in the Breeders Crown. Dexter Dunn is listed to handle the returning three-year-old in his first appearance of 2022.
Post time for the qualifiers at Philly on Tuesday is 9:30 a.m. The Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen Association (https://www.phha.org/) should have video of all the qualifiers posted within a couple of hours of the completion of the morning session.