A pair of daughters of Donato Hanover, Seviyorum and Live Laugh Love, trotted identical 1:53.1 miles during Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on the pre-holiday Tuesday card at Harrah's Philadelphia and came away co-holders of the divisional track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies.
Andy Miller moved Seviyorum, a winner of $325,526, out raw at the half and quickly got her in gear, clearing with a :27.4 brush up the backstretch and then duplicating the clocking the remainder of the journey to lower the local divisional standard of 1:53.2 first set by Behindclosedoors in 2010 and tied by Superstar Hanover in 2012. Julie Miller trains the member of Team Orange Crush, who also established a personal best, for Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable Inc.
Then it was David Miller and Live Laugh Love’s turn in the spotlight, as she brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand, went on at a quick clip and maintained control from there. The Nifty Norman trainee, with two Sire Stakes wins and a second-place finish to Manchego in her 2018 state campaign, took a new speed badge and boosted her bankroll to $145,467 for Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee and Diamond Creek Racing.
Phaetosive, the Explosive Matter filly who gave 2017 champion Manchego some of her strongest challenges last year, won easily in her second start of the year in 1:53.2, a time which would have equaled the previous track record. Trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer and his filly both kept their heads while several horses broke around them in the last quarter and continued on to victory. The win raised Phaetosive's earnings to $281,393 for Purple Haze Stables LLC.
There were also five divisions of the parallel Stallion Series competition on the only Tuesday card of the year at Philly. The winners were Mission Revealed (1:54.3, Matt Kakaley), Follow Streak (1:54.3, Andy Miller), Bella Glos (1:56.3, Jimmy Takter), Bandol Rose (1:55, David Miller) and Perfect Image (1:55.1, David Miller). (Harrah’s Philadelphia)