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Trotters and Pacers Returned to Harrah's Philly

Chester, PA (MARCH 23,2019)— The trotters and pacers returned to Harrah’s Philadelphia on Friday morning Sports 2 (March 22) for their first set of qualifiers in 2019, one week ahead of the track’s opening day for the year.

With the temperature in the mid-40s and horses forced to negotiate a sloppy surface, the Well Said sophomore gelding Just Plain Loco went the fastest mile with an open-length win in 1:56.3 for driver Pat Berry and trainer Tom Fanning. Just Plain Loco took his 2-year-old mark of 1:54 in a Pennsylvania Stallion Series contest. He also won the Renaissance Final and was second in the Sheppard.

The wife-husband team of driver Jackie and trainer Frank Ingrassia were successful with a pair of their charges, both unsurprisingly trotters. Three-year-old E Ell Cruze knocked over five seconds off his freshman qualifying mark by winning in 2:01.3, while Izoh came out of the pocket to emerge victorious in 2:00.4.

Trainer Ron Coyne Jr. also sent out two winning pupils, including the sophomore pacing filly Philly Hanover, winning in 1:57.2 for driver Tim Tetrick after capping her 2-year-old season with a runner-up outing in her Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final. Coyne’s other winner, Armagedon Seelster, took the fastest of the trotting qualifiers in 1:59.2 under Pat Berry’s handling.

The draw for next Friday’s (March 29) card will be held on Tuesday (March 26). The standard racing schedule at Harrah’s Philadelphia will be a Wednesday-through-Friday lineup at 12:25 p.m. and Sunday racing at 12:40 p.m.

gloucestercitynews.net | March 23, 2019