CHESTER PA – The Explosive Matter gelding Scirocco Rob, who last week lost to the first-over Arabella’s Cadet in a track record 1:52 for trotting mares at Harrah’s Philadelphia, this week became the irresistible grinding force, making two moves en route to a 1:53.1 victory in Thursday’s $14,400 top-level trot on an overcast day at the riverside oval.
Leaving from post six in a field of seven, Scirocco Rob tucked third early as Mississippi Storm pushed favored Southwind Avenger most of a :26.3 quarter before ceding the lead. The “Avenger” got a breather to the :56 half, but Scirocco Rob was out and rolling down the back for driver George Napolitano Jr., going right at the leader to the 1:24.2 three-quarters and beyond, making the lead at headstretch.
The Andover Hall gelding Grapple Hanover went to the lead in the $13,600 co-featured trot, yielded to favored Macmorris Hanover and then sat perfectly-placed as that one wrestled with first-over Hatikvah the last half, going up the inside to gain a final half-length margin over the game Hatikvah in 1:55.2. David Miller drove the consistent winner of $167,359 to the triumph for trainer Bucky Angle and owners Howard and Josh Kauffman.
George Napolitano Jr. won four races on the card for Thursday honors; Dexter Dunn was next in line with three victories.