CHESTER PA -- The redoubtable Southwind Ozzi won his fourth straight race at Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, taking the $22,500 handicap pace in 1:50.
The track’s leading driver, Tim Tetrick, got the six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere away third as Peace Out Posse put None Bettor A in behind him to a searing :26 quarter, then had him going again to move to the lead in front of the stands. Fast midsplits of :54.2 and 1:21.4 did not appear to affect “Ozzi” at all, as the 2019 Little Brown Jug, had nobody gaining threateningly on him late; Peace Out Posse saved second from the pocket, three lengths behind and a length ahead of closer Bee Two Bee.
The Captaintreacherous mare Tempura Hanover has now won four of her last five starts, rocketing through fractions of :27, :55.1, and 1:23 for driver Troy Beyer and then holding off pocketsitting favorite Brilliant Beauty by 1¼ lengths to win the $15,300 distaff co-feature in 1:51. Trained by Gilbert Garcia-Owen, now at the top of the Philly trainers standings, and owned by his father Gilbert Garcia-Herrera, Tempura Hanover pushed her earnings to $103,828 with the impressive tally.
Tony Morgan was the leading driver on the day with six successes, including a sweep of the late Pick-3 for trainer Chris Temming. Morgan jumped from ninth to being tied for fifth in the early-meet Philly standings.
Harrah’s Philly is now back on its regular racing schedule of Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 12:25 and Sundays at 12:40. The track looks forward to Sunday, May 29, with this Sunday before Memorial Day becoming one of the top days of the year at the riverside oval, with three $100,000 FFA Invitationals – for trotters, male pacers, and female pacers – and this year Pennsylvania Sire Stakes/Stallion Series action for three-year-old pacing fillies as well. Program pages are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.