CHESTER PA – Three-year-old trotters will be in the spotlight this weekend at the eastern Pennsylvania tracks, with the fillies in PA Sire Stakes and Stallion Series action at Harrah’s Philly on Friday, and the colts and geldings at Pocono Saturday for a Pennsylvania All-Stars event.
This is the first coming-together for the state-sired fillies, and most of last year’s top-rated misses will be on hand, along with one noted newcomer, Bella Bellini. Bella Bellini is in probably the toughest of the three Sires Stakes divisions, race eight, but she’s ready for her “acid test” here as she comes in off of three victories in 1:54 or better for driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Nifty Norman. There is no shortage of talented challengers, including Love Muffin, coming off a 1:53 qualifier at The Meadowlands; Flawless Country, last year’s Sire Stakes champion; and Lady Chaos, the Breeders Crown champion for this group in 2020.
On Saturday afternoon at Pocono, there are three division of the males’ All-Star event on the racing program, falling in races five, eight, and ten. Among the fast sophomores gathered are Whiskey Blu, the co-winningest trotter in all of North America this year, and by far the top three-year-old, with nine victories; Top Me Off, the Weiss Series “sweeper” who is tied for second among three-year-old trotters with five 2021 tallies; last year’s Matron winner Type A; and Inaminute Hanover, who’s won his last three starts and comes from the connections who brought out 2019 Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade (and filly Donna Soprano, mentioned above).
The Friday action at Philly, which begins at 12:25 p.m., is supplemented by five divisions of Stallion Series competition for the fillies; on the 12:30 p.m. Saturday card at Pocono, there are a pair of $15,700 events, one on each gait, for the older fast-class set. Programs for all Philly and Pocono races can be found at www.phha,org.