CHESTER PA – The Creatine gelding Take All Comers won the $20,000 Open handicap trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia Sunday afternoon in 1:50.4, only two ticks shy of the divisional track and world record and the all-age standard at Philly.
Tim Tetrick got the veteran away second behind Pappardelle, who posted stinging fractions of :27.1, :55.4, and 1:22.4. No one was anxious to test the leader; finally heavy favorite It’s Academic swung out on the far turn, with Tetrick pulling Take All Comers out just soon enough to force It’s Academic three-wide without losing momentum. Through the stretch the main battle came down to the pacesetter and the pocketsitter, with Take All Comers edging Pappardelle by a head; It’s Academic was another three-quarters of a length behind in third.
Jim Campbell trains the $574,171-winning Take All Comers for Runthetable Stables. The 1:50.4 was just shy of the track and world record set by Hillexotic in the Maxie Lee Trot here on May 28; Market Share also holds a share of the local all-age standard of 1:50.2.
If racing off of cover was a bit of an unusual trip for Tattoo Artist, the winner of $1,913,036 adjusted quickly to it, swinging wide and powering home to take the $18,000 handicap pacing feature in 1:48.2, only two-fifths off the divisional track record. Ultimaroca blasted down the road in scorching fractions of :25.2, :53.4, and 1:20.2 but could not sustain that pace; Tattoo Artist moved second-over down the back behind Island Of The Sea, swung wide in the lane, and powered home 2 1/2 lengths ahead of Sport Service, who had tracked the winner’s cover. Dexter Dunn drove the victorious six-year-old son of He’s Watching for trainer Chris Ryder and the partnership of Let It Ride Stable Inc., Frank Cannon, Diamond Creek Racing, and Bottom Line Racing LLC.
The amateur drivers of the American Harness Drivers Club made their first 2023 appearance at Philly, and driver Newton “Yogi” Sheridan picked the perfect tactics for the local oval, putting the Andover Hall gelding Jive Ninety Five on the lead and guiding him to a new mark of 1:56.1 in defeating Winneress. Pete Pellegrino trains the winner for Ervin Peachey.
Racing is currently being conducted at Harrah’s Philadelphia four days a week: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 12:25, and Sunday at 12:40. Program pages for all races at Harrah’s Philadelphia are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.