CHESTER PA – The durable Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob went over $700,000 in career earnings in his seventh year after winning the $16,200 fast-class featured trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Thursday afternoon in 1:54.
Corey Callahan left hard with the Mark Silva trainee to get around a fast-starting Dee’s Red Delicious, with favored JL Cruze having to back off to tuck during the :27 opener. Scirocco Rob then got a big breather to the half in :56.4 and resisted any further challenges through a 1:25.1 three-quarters and through the stretch, the biggest one coming from pocketsitting Dee’s Red Delicious, who came up a half length shy. Kathleen Whitaker owns the earner of $705,796.
The Creatine gelding Take All Comers, a $100,000 winner in each of his three years of racing, quarter-moved past a :27.2 initial split for Team Fashion Schooner, driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim Campbell, then posted midsplits of :56.4 and 1:24.2 en route to a 1:53 triumph. Pocketsitter Star Razor was 4¾ lengths back at the finish behind the winner of $515,921, a half-brother to Next Level Stuff, for Runthetable Stables.
Tetrick, the meet’s leading driver who got his 13,000th lifetime victory early on the card Wednesday at Philly, is already at 13,008 wins after following up on Wednesday’s five-win performance with four more visits to the local Victory Lane on Thursday before having to scurry north to The Meadowlands.
The 2021 Harness Horse of the Year Test Of Faith makes her first purse start ever at Harrah’s Philadelphia (she’s won four qualifiers here), being assigned the outside in a field of six in a $22,500 fast-class distaff handicap pace that will provide a quick start to Friday’s local program. On Sunday, the finest Pennsylvania two-year-olds will compete in their Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championships and consolation events; the card, worth $1.3M in all, also includes a $40,000 Invitational featuring Allywag Hanover, Ruthless Hanover, and American Dealer N. Friday’s racing begins at 12:25, while Sunday’s racing will get underway at 12:40; program pages are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.