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Decoy three-peats at Harrah’s Philadelphia

June 09, 2019
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Fresh off back-to-back wins, Decoy ($4.20) proved much the best in Sunday afternoon’s $18,000 featured top-level pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia, sprinting off late in a dominant pillar-to-post 1:49.4 win.

Daniel Dubé put the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere son in play from the outset, and the pair seated Machiavelli (George Napolitano Jr.) in the pocket through a :26.4 first quarter before enjoying a :28.1 second-quarter breather. Up the backstretch, Decoy began to leave his seven rivals in his wake, extending his lead gradually to 2-1/2 lengths through three-quarters in 1:22 while facing nary a challenger.

Decoy continued to draw away in the homestretch, posting a six-length win while hand-driven to the line. Machiavelli was a no-match second, and the stalking Sweet Beach (Pat Berry) narrowly took third over Billy Badger N (Corey Callahan), whose mild first-over bid into third ended at the top of the stretch.

Gary Candell trains 10-time winner Decoy for Brixton Medical Inc., R A W Equine Inc., and Joe Sbrocco.

George Napolitano Jr. led all drivers with five wins on the 14-race program, among them a 1:49.4 mile with stakes winner Lyons Johnnyjnr ($7.40) in a $14,000 conditioned pace. Gareth Dowse trains the 3-year-old Well Said colt for Geoffrey Lyons Mound. (Harrah’s Philadelphia)

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