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Phyleon upsets in Ted Leonard Memorial final

July 26, 2007

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Lightning Stable’s Phyleon parlayed a first-over trip in what turned out to be a rather eventful first edition of the $37,400 Ted Leonard Memorial final for 3- and 4-year-old distaff pacers at Harrah’s Chester Casino & Racetrack on Wednesday.


Sent off at odds of 16-1, Phyleon left nicely from the gate for driver Daniel Dube to secure good early position, sitting fourth behind Sweet Lips, Kash Luv, and Weekie Wachie through an opening quarter in :27. The same could not be said for 3-2 favorite Career Artist, who made a costly break at the start and found herself more than eight lengths in arrears as the field passed the stands for the first time.


Weekie Wachie took the field through the half in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.4, with Sweet Lips sitting the pocket trip. By this time, Dube had moved Phyleon to establish the outer flow and the 3-year-old daughter of Western Ideal continued to grind away entering the homestretch, collaring first Sweet Lips and then a fading Weekie Wachie. Her final margin was two lengths, and her final time of 1:52.3 established a lifetime mark for the daughter of Western Ideal.


Career Artist finished second, but was disqualified to last for interfering with Role Reversal at the start. Sweet Lips was elevated from third to second, with Weekie Wachie being awarded third money.


The victory was the second for Phyleon in only nine lifetime starts. Trained by Anthony Mannino, Phyleon was victorious in a Ted Leonard elimination last week, and second in the first leg of the Leonard on July 11. (Harrah\'s Chester)


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