Jive Dancing in Philly winner’s circle
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Jive Dancing A won her third straight race and her second straight in the $17,000 fillies and mares high-level pace on Friday afternoon at Harrah’s Philadelphia, lowering her lifetime mile mark to 1:51.4 despite temperatures in the lower 50s.
The victorious daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was the innermost of three competitors for the early lead, yielding the top to favored Sweet Lucy Lou near the :27.4 quarter; that one, who had been two wide in the first turn, then gave way to Odds On St Lucie, who was limbed three deep most of the quarter then two wide further before getting the top. Odds On St Lucie was off to the races, hitting the half in :55.2 and leaving the chalk gapping in the two hole, while Jive Dancing A started a first-over move.
Jive Dancing A was gaining on Odds On St Lucie by the 1:22.3 three-quarters and went to the front shortly after turning for home; by that point Sweet Lucy Lou had found her best strides, but her inside bid came up a head shy. George Napolitano Jr., who added five wins Friday to the four he had here Thursday, handled the winner, who lost her first 16 starts Down Under but is now 16-for-31 in her last two campaigns, for trainer Michael Hall and Blindswitch Racing Stable.
Also extending a win streak was the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore filly Abuelita Hanover, who won her second straight impressively on the engine, here in 1:52.4, in a $16,000 co-feature for distaff pacers. Pat Berry never looked back once making the lead at the quarter, winning by 5¼ lengths over 60-1 shot Don’t Forget for trainer Nick Surick and the partnership of Tonianne Fuoco, Michael Casalino Jr., J L Benson Stables Inc., and J Craparotta and P Berry Racing LLC.
The $16,000 trotting section of the co-feature went to the Muscle Hill sophomore gelding Muscle Star, who didn’t have the easiest of trips – an early tuck followed by a first-over grind forward – but once on top Muscle Star left the field well behind him, winning in 1:57.1. Tony Morgan drove the improving three-year-old for trainer Lucas Wallin and Mazza Racing Stables LLC.
The Captaintreacherous sophomore miss Philly Hanover, fresh from an appearance in the Breeders Crown final, defeated older stock in the $14,500 fast-class distaff pace, moving to the top in front of the stands and winning by herself in 1:50.3. Dexter Dunn sat in the sulky behind the winner of $297,979 for trainer Ron Coyne and the ownership of Blair Corbeil and Ron Coyne Stables Inc. (Harrah's Philadelphia/PHHA)