by PHHA/Harrah’s Philadelphia
Chester, PA — The Somebeachsomewhere mare Dr J’s Kiss, sixth at the three-quarter pole, swung four-wide at headstretch and went right on by in taking the $17,000 featured distaff pace on Wednesday (Oct. 3) at Harrah’s Philadelphia in 1:52.4.
Driver Simon Allard, guiding the Joe Pavia Jr. trainee for the first time, followed third-over in a :27.1 backstretch flow that took its toll on both pacesetting favorite Jewels Forreal and first-over Dolphin Island, then swung three-wide behind second-over Rob Them Blind in the middle of the far turn and wider yet off the final curve. Rob Them Blind made the lead in the stretch but couldn’t withstand the late rush of Dr J’s Kiss, as she won by a length while breaking the six-figure barrier in lifetime earnings for co-owners Pavia, Steven Held, and Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky.
The Muscle Mass sophomore gelding Yuge, three-wide most of the first bend and not on top until coming off that bend, maintained control through the rest of the mile to win the day’s $16,000 top trot in 1:55.3. Yuge raised his lifetime bankroll to $127,969 for trainer Ed Lohmeyer, co-owner with Ed Lohmeyer Jr. and Dr. Patty Hogan, completing a win for veterinarians in the featured events.
As for driver George Napolitano Jr., the win was one of three on the day for him, including the card’s only two favorites – in the first race and the last race.
Racing resumes tomorrow at 12:25 p.m., but Harrah’s Philadelphia Friday card will begin at 6:30 p.m. After the usual Sunday action beginning at 2:05 p.m., there will be a special live card on Columbus Day, Monday, (Oct. 8) at 12:25 p.m., with over $200,000 in stakes action in the John Simpson Sr. series, with 3-year-old colts of both gaits each contesting three divisions.