Winless in just two prior career starts at Harrah's Philadelphia, Golden Receiver put a win on the books on Friday afternoon as he cruised to a wire-to-wire 1:51 victory in the featured $40,000 Open Pace. Handicapped with the outside post six, the 1-5 favorite Golden Receiver left fast with driver Tim Tetrick and never looked back as he easily scored his sixth win in as many starts this year.
Tetrick had Golden Receiver moving fast off the gate and that forced driver Yannick Gingras, behind second-choice Rockin House to take a seat third behind pocket-sitting Flem N Em N and driver David Miller. Golden Receiver led to a :27.1 quarter, :56 half and 1:22.3 three-quarters, with the field remaining in single order along the pylons.
Gingras tipped Rockin The House from third at the three-quarters and as he ranged up first-over on the final turn, he began to get rough gaited. Turning for home, Rockin The House went offstride and that scattered the trailing horses. Miller tried valiantly to urge Flem N Em N down the stretch but Golden Receiver held off his rival with a final quarter of :28.2. Shoobee's Place and Corey Callahan saved ground on the inside to take third.
The 8-year-old Golden Receiver has now made 127 career starts, with this being his first appearance at Harrah's Philadelphia since an eighth-place finish (with broken equipment) in a $50,000 Open on Aug. 22, 2010. His only prior start at the track in Chester, Pa., came as a 3 year old on Sept. 17, 2008, when he finished fifth in a non-winners of four contest.
Owned by breeder Nina Simmonds and Our Horse Cents Stable, Golden Receiver was making his first pari-mutuel start since winning a $30,000 Free For All on Feb. 23 at the Meadowlands. Prior to that the son of Village Jove swept his way through the Presidential Series, including a win in the $103,500 final on Feb. 23. Golden Receiver came into Friday's race off a second-place finish in a March 16 qualifer at the Meadowlands.
Trained by Mark Harder, Golden Receiver now has 55 wins to his credit as he increased his 2013 earnings to $141,750 and career total to $1,736,508.