CHESTER PA – Take All Comers reversed the decision of the last Open trot at Harrah’s Philadelphia, sitting in the pocket behind his previous conqueror Lexus Kody and then catching that one up the inside to win Sunday afternoon’s $20,000 Open handicap trot in 1:53.3 over a sloppy “+2” track.
Take All Comers and Lexus Kody were assigned the outer two posts in the feature field, and once again Lexus Kody stepped around his rival before the quarter, setting fractions of :27.1, :57, and 1:25.3. However, the Creatine gelding Take All Comers had missed a turn before his last start – here, after taking one fumbly step entering the passing lane, he accelerated powerfully to pick up the pacesetter by a half-length, which was the margin of his last defeat.
Tim Tetrick, fresh off a monster Meadowlands Pace Night, guided Take All Comers, a winner of $589,171, for trainer Jim Campbell and owners Runthetable Stables.
Tetrick and Campbell came back to capture the very next race, also a trot, and in an even faster clocking, 1:53, over the off going. The Walner mare Fashion Schooner overcame the outermost draw in winning the Hambletonian Oaks last year, and she overcame the far outside against this less-difficult field, with fractions of :28.1, :56.3, and 1:24.4 leading to a final clocking of 1:53 as Fashion Schooner won by 5¼ lengths. Fashion Farms LLC owns the winner, who improved her lifetime earnings to $742,252.
Top contest for pacers was a $16,200 fast-class affair, with RIP Wheeler three-wide at two different points of the early action (:28) before getting the lead in front of the stands and putting up midfractions of :56.1 and 1:23.4. They were across the track pursuing him in the stretch, but the Rockin Image gelding stood firm to traverse the sloppy course in 1:51.2, defeating pocketsitting Captain Crusader A by a length for driver Corey Callahan, trainer Hunter Oakes, and owners Thaddeus Weir, Donald Mac Rae, and Stephen Klunowski.
If you like watching two-year-old filly trotters, they’ll be coming at you eleven fields strong at Harrah’s Philadelphia on Wednesday at 12:25: four divisions of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes misses, and seven sections of Pennsylvania Stallion Series freshmen. There will also be a carryover of $1917.94 into the third race Hi-5 wager. Program pages for all races at Harrah’s Philadelphia are or will be available at https://www.phha.org/harrahspps.html.