from the PHHA /Harrah’s Philadelphia
Chester, PA — At Harrah’s Philadelphia, the Bettor’s Delight mare Bettor Trix N remained undefeated in four North American starts after a 1:53.2 triumph in the $17,000 distaff featured pace Wednesday (Oct. 17).
Driver Tim Tetrick, a three-time winner on the day, sent Bettor Trix N to the lead just past the :27.4 quarter, then got a rest of :57.2 to the half before the sophomore miss Mink Pink ranged alongside to challenge.
Mink Pink got by Bettor Trix N before the 1:24.3 three-quarters, but Tetrick kept the Kiwi import’s mind on her game, and she rallied in the stretch to catch Mink Pink for a 1-1/2 length victory.
Tetrick, trainer Jim King Jr., and owners Donna Pollucci and Jo Ann Looney-King do know a thing or two about imported New Zealand mares, as they are all part of Team Shartin N as well.
There were three $16,000 co-featured events on the card — one for male pacers and two for trotters.
In the pace, Macadoodledoo, who has been performing well against stakes company, quarter-moved to command and posted a 1:52.4 victory for driver George Napolitano Jr., trainer Mark Silva, and owner Jeffrey Snyder. He’s Electric was second behind the winning son of Somebeachsomewhere, two lengths back. Another neck behind was Talbotcreekwhiskey, who is in a Breeders Crown elimination in the 3-year-old colt pace category on Saturday.
Talbotcreekwhiskey’s shedrow neighbor in the barn of trainer Luc Blais, the Cantab Hall filly Ex Hanover had more success over the Philly oval, taking the first division of the trot co-feature while lowering her mark to 1:55.3. Daniel Dube had to go first-over with the sophomore, but she was determined in the stretch and defeated Armageddon Seelster by a half-length for the Determination ownership entity.
In the second trot, the Muscle Massive 3-year-old gelding Meadowbranch Ricky made the lead at the quarter for driver Tony Morgan, then withstood a long first-over bid from Fashion Forever to be a 2-1/4 length winner, lowering his lifetime mark by a fifth by hitting the wire in 1:54.3. Jenny Melander conditions the winner for owner Hans Enggren.