CHESTER PA – The Always B Miki gelding Serious Miki served notice that he deserves serious consideration on the national sophomore pacing colt radar when he defeated Pennsylvania Sire Stakes winner Literl Lad Hanover in 1:51.4 on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia in one of three $12,600 featured events.
Serious Miki and meet-leading driver Tim Tetrick rushed around Literl Lad Hanover well before a :27.3 quarter, then got to the half in a very easy :57. From there it was all over but the shouting, as Serious Miki went to the three-quarters in 1:24.3, saw the pocketsitter pull on the far turn to challenge, but then left him behind by 3¼ lengths with a :27.1 last quarter.
The trotting section of the features brought together the 2020 New York Sire Stakes baby colt champion (Steel) and a New Jersey Sire Stakes filly winner this year (Material Girl), but they had to settle for second and third, respectively, behind the Readly Express sophomore colt Colonial AS IT, who equaled his mark of 1:54.1. Unraced until debuting with a third on May 6, the youngster has since reeled off four straight wins, including three in this class (and he still has one more race of eligibility at this level!). Yannick Gingras drove the impressive three-year-old for trainer Per Engblom and Buckstone Land Livestock.
In the feature section for pacing distaffs, Northern Storm, who had won her last start in 1:49.4 at The Meadowlands, was going along well on the lead, with Uptown Hanover right behind, when the pacesetter made a break just past the three-quarters. Driver Gingras did well to get Uptown Hanover around the miscuer, and the Somebeachsomewhere filly came home with no further problem to reduce her mark to 1:52. The track’s top trainer, Ron Burke, conditions the filly for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC along with J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby.
The twin $16,200 featured paces on Sunday (12:40) will find Betalady the early favorite in the distaff event and Shoobee Doo A fancied in the contest for males; racing next Wednesday (12:25) will find the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and Stallion Series for sophomore trotting colts coming to town. Program pages will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.