Chester, PA — With 2-year-olds already in pari-mutuel competition, and with Pennsylvania stakes season for the freshmen opening next week at the fairs and the following week at the pari-mutuel tracks, Tuesday’s (June 21) host of qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia may be the last concentrated presentation of many morning sessions for the newcomers.
Here are the highlights, divided by gait and sex:
2-YEAR-OLD PACING FILLIES
The team of driver Dexter Dunn and trainer Chris Ryder swept all three of the divisions for this group. The fastest was the Sweet Lou-So In Love miss Love You Do, who came first-over to catch Team Colors by a nose in 1:57 (last quarter :27.4) for Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC. The same braintrust saw their Sweet Lou-Drop The Ball filly Butterfingers win her second straight qualifier in 1:57.3 (:27.4).
2-YEAR-OLD PACING COLTS
Dunn also drove the faster winner in this section, Nolaughingstock, a Heston Blue Chip-Laughandbehappy colt who wired his field in 1:56.2 (:27.3) for trainer Michael Hall, co-owner with Let It Ride Stables Inc.
2-YEAR-OLD TROTTING FILLIES
The Donato Hanover-Motivational miss Portulaca may decide to stay and bloom in Pennsylvania: she won a qualifier at Harrah’s Philadelphia, broke in a race at Magical Acres, then came back to Philly and took her second win, a wire-to-wire tally in 1:59 (:28.2) for driver David Miller and trainer Kathleen LaMontagne, who shares ownership with Donald LaMontagne.
2-YEAR-OLD TROTTING COLTS The only division for trotting colts was won by the Father Patrick-Sherrys Lady colt Once In A Lifetime, who rallied from the pocket to win in 2:02.2 (:29.2) for driver Tim Tetrick, trainer Jim Campbell, and owners Sherry and Emily Forlan while taking his second straight trip to the gate.