CHESTER PA – The most impressive winner on Friday afternoon’s 2019 opener at Harrah’s Philadelphia didn’t come in the race with the biggest purse – but any time you can call yourself the fastest three-year-old trotter in all of North America, regardless of size of track, you deserve to be at the front of the story.
Just a tick behind Capt Chaps Hanover was another three-year-old trotter, the Yankee Glide gelding Blue And Bold, who made every pole a winning one while reducing his mark three seconds to 1:55.4, last half 57.1. Trained by Andrew Harris for A Harris Racing LLC and April Campbell, the frontstepping winner followed the trend of most of the card’s successful horses – from which it can be inferred that it was a good day for driver George Napolitano Jr., who had four winners as he opened defense of his sulkysitting crown.
The biggest purse contest of the day was a $16,000 trotting event, taken in wire-to-wire fashion by the Dejarmbro gelding Icingon De Cupcake, who teamed with George Napolitano Jr. to withstand Armagedon Seelster by a nose in 1:56.2. Owned by Dynasty Racing, Icingon De Cupcake proved to be the third winner of the day for trainer Nick Surick.
Racing resumes on Sunday at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with a 12-race card set to start at 12:40 p.m.