CHESTER PA – The Well Said gelding Meet The Creeper felt pocketsitter Tuggin On My Heart creeping up on him in the stretch, but he had a :27.2 final quarter over a sodden Harrah’s Philadelphia oval to win Friday’s $14,400 pacing feature in 1:54.4.
Todd McCarthy left well from the rail with the Stacy Chiodo trainee, let Tuggin On My Heart go by early, then was on the move near the :28.4 quarter and took command. There were no major challenges through middle fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.2, but Meet The Creeper had to be prepared for a strong stretch charge from the pocketsitter, whom he defeated by a length for Chiodo Racing LLC.
Harrah’s Philadelphia will be featuring a live card on Derby Day Saturday, starting at 12:40; the next day, the $22,500 featured handicap pace contains such notables as J M Mandamin and Joesstar Of Mia A on a program which also starts at 12:40. Beginning this coming Wednesday, Harrah’s will be going to its basic four-card-a-week schedule of racing on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:25 and Sunday at 12:40. Program pages are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.