CHESTER PA – A quartet of $11,200 featured events for younger horses, two on the pace and two on the trot, topped the Friday afternoon action at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with trainer Rob Harmon sweeping the trotting top classes.
In the first of the trotting headliners, Itsonlymoneyhoney overcame some recent bad luck and held off the late charge of favored Protostar by a length to reduce his mark to 1:56.4. A victim of a break and then an equipment break in his first two starts for Harmon, Itsonlymoneyhoney was all systems “go” for driver Marcus Miller and the combine of Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Lawrence Kittenplan, and Winners Circle Racing LLC. The Banker Volo three-year-old gelding notched his eleventh lifetime triumph, most of those in the Midwest.
In the first pacing contest, the sophomore Well Said gelding Meet The Creeper rallied nicely off a contested front end, pacing his own back half in :55.4 to lower his mark to 1:53 while returning $39.60 to win for trainer/driver Stacy Chiodo and her Chiodo Racing LLC. Pacesetter Tail Hook held for second, three-quarters of a length back.
The other pacing division saw the Sweet Lou three-year-old gelding Lou’s Sweetrevenge press on to early command, then sprint home in :56.1-:28 under Yannick Gingras’s urging to win in 1:53.3 and capture his second straight for the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby.
The victory was the third of the afternoon for Yannick Gingras (Marcus Miller also had three driving wins), and it was an important third win on the program for trainer Ron Burke. He and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen went into the card tied at 82 atop the trainers’ win standings, and then Garcia-Owen won the early double to go ahead, but Burke’s later three-bagger gives his the slimmest leads at 85-84 with nine cards to go in the 2020 Philly racing season.
The $10,000 fast-class pace saw the Mach Three gelding Bo Mach take his second straight victory since returning from a layoff of almost three months. The Dylan Davis trainee, owned by Howard Taylor, was taking a double stepup in class here, but driver Andrew McCarthy sent him to the lead in front of the stands and had no problem thereafter while finishing out the mile in 1:51.2, boosting his lifetime bankroll to $290,086.