CHESTER PA – The Credit Winner gelding Ooh Rah didn’t have to move out of third until the ¾ for driver Pat Lachance in the $18,000 featured trot Thursday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, and then he was able to sustain a rally to catch favored Mississippi Storm in 1:55.1.
Ooh Rah was able to get to the lead early, with millionaire DW’s NY Yank going wide early and surging to the lead before a :27.2 quarter. Mississippi Storm had been looped in the early action, but he stayed on and went to the lead in front of the stands, getting a bit of a breather with middle fractions of :57 and 1:26.2. But it was nearing the latter station that Ooh Rah made his move, and he closed determinedly to get past the pacesetting chalk by a neck, raising his lifetime earnings to $210,055 for trainer Kathleen La Montagne, co-owner with Donald La Montagne.
In a co-featured$14,500 trotting contest, driver Pat Lachance also reported home first, here with the Italian import Sylvesteramericait, who never looked back from the rail in putting up a winning clocking of 1:54.3 Bob Baggitt Jr. trains the Varenne gelding, now a winner of $297,007 on both sides of the Atlantic, for owner Christine Baggitt.
Lachance and George Napolitano Jr. tied for the day’s honors with three driving victories apiece.