CHESTER PA – A trio of $11,200 contests for developing horses opened up a five-day racing week at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday (the track will stage a live card on Kentucky Derby Day Saturday at 12:40).
In the first of the contests for male pacers, the altered son of Mr Wiggles Nextmovebestmove remained undefeated in four career starts, chopping down the well-regarded leader Rockin Rocko while lowering his fastest time to 1:51.2. Montrell Teague drove the Clyde Francis trainee, improving by the race, for George Teague Jr. Inc. and David Collins.
In the feature cut for trotters, the Googoo Gaagaa sophomore filly Goo Doo Doll made her 2021 debut a winning one, reducing her mark to 1:57. David Miller had to send the filly on the difficult “tuck-then-grind” mission, but the stakes-placed filly here last year was impressively up to the challenge for trainer Ed Gannon Jr, and owner Frank Canzone.
On Thursday, a $12,800 trot for developing horses heads the lineup, with Shikansen coming off a 1:54.2 win at The Meadowlands for “Red” Harrison, tied at the top of the Philly trainer standings; he’ll take on Ginger Tree Knox, stepping up off two straight victories for the hot Team Cook/Beegle. First post will be at 12:30 p.m.; program pages for the card will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.
FINISHING LINES – At the PHHA’s sister track, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, on Wednesday morning, Bronx Seelster, a son of Big John who was the Battle Of Waterloo winner at two, had a sharp 1:52 qualifier for the Down Under team of trainer Shane Tritton and driver Lauren Tritton, who won over 900 races in her sulky time back home.