A field of eight Open pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the featured event on Sunday afternoon (May 10) from Harrah’s Philadelphia, going for a purse of $30,000.
The wagering public made Bamond Racing’s Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) the even-money favourite. The five-year-old son of Mach Three was coming off of a fifth-place finish in the Levy final at Yonkers Raceway.
Mach It So was forwardly placed from post six, powering his way to the lead just after the quarter (:26.2). Canadian shipper Alexas Jackpot (Scott Zeron) sat the pocket, while Getitoffyourchest (Brett Miller) supplied the first-over challenge.
After Mach It So put away the challenge of Getitoffyourchest, he had to deal with the fresh legs of the pocket-sitter. Mach It So battled Alexas Jackpot down the stretch, with the latter narrowly winning, stopping the clock in 1:49.3. It was a lifetime’s best performance for the Marty Fine trainee.
Co-owned by Fine and Highland Thoroughbred Farms, the five-year-old son of Million Dollar Cam picked up his 11th career win out of 56 starts. He paid $13.00.
Ron Burke trainee Clear Vision (Matt Kakaley) finished third.
(Standardbred Canada With files from Harrah’s Philadelphia)