Lazurus wins Harrah's Philly trot feature
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Lazurus (the trotter, not the imported pacer whose name is spelled Lazarus) went wire to wire in the $12,500 trotting feature at Harrah’s Philadelphia, taking advantage of misfortune suffered by favored Tony Soprano to win in 1:55.3.
Tim Tetrick, second in the drivers' standings both at Philly and in North America, guided the Credit Winner gelding to the lead before the :28.2 quarter, then was able to regulate the tempo to :57.4 and 1:26.3, with horses occupying but not gaining in the two- and three-wide tiers, before sprinting clear at headstretch to stretch his lifetime bankroll to $303,656 for trainer Scott DiDomenico and the ownership of Dana Parham and the Triple D Stables Inc.
Meanwhile, Tony Soprano was locked in, stuck third inside behind walls of parked horses and a fading then breaking pocket horse. He finally shook clear early in the stretch and made up ground well, but came up 2 1/4 lengths shy of Lazurus under the wire.
No single ticket solved the Jackpot Hi-5 bet Wednesday, so the carryover going into Thursday’s card is $20,514.09.
The PA-sired 3-year-old trotting fillies are gathered at Philly Friday for the first time in 2019, with four divisions of Sires Stakes and five sections of Stallion Series action. The defending Sires Stakes champion Windy Lover and Stallion Series champion Navarone Hanover both meet in the same division, but they will have to face Magical Beliefs, a Lady Suffolk winner in her first start of the year. Other well-known names include Sonnet Grace and Fraulein Blucher, going head-to-head; Asiago, a recent Meadowlands winner in 1:53.4; and Millie’s Possesion, who won her career debut in 1:56 here.
On Sunday, a full field of nine has been attracted to a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for the open pacers – headlining will be Donttellmeagain, the last conqueror of 2018 Horse of the Year McWicked; recent 1:50.1 Philly winner Tiger Thompson N; and the evergreen Scott Rocks. (Harrah's Philadelphia/PHHA)