Top Chef, Citation Lindy fastest of six Sire Stakes divisions
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It was feast or famine for the favorites on Wednesday evening at Harrah\'s Chester Casino and Racetrack in six splits of Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings, with three public choices turning in decisive victories, and breaks marring the chances of the other three.
Top Chef and Citation Lindy turned in the fastest performances of the evening, both victorious in 1:54.4 over fast going. Top Chef ($3), under Brett Miller for trainer Kevin Lare, brushed to the front on the first turn before drawing and holding clear throughout. Top Chef won by 4 1/4 lengths from Wuthering Hanover (Dave Palone) and Garcon (Tim Tetrick). Howard Taylor, Jerry Silva, Robert Feldman, and Curtis Larrimore own the 3-year-old Broadway Hall colt.
Citation Lindy ($4.40) won in pillar-to-post fashion under trainer-driver Ray Schnittker, opening up on the backstretch but laboring late, still prevailing by 1 3/4 lengths over And Heez Perfect (Dave Palone) and Broadway Bistro (Tim Tetrick) in 1:54.4. The 3-year-old Cantab Hall colt is owned by the Citation Lindy Stable.
Keystone Activator ($2.60, George Brennan) was the other victorious favorite, pressing Photoforwin (Rick Beinhauer) throughout the middle half and opening up to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Triumphant Caviar (Daniel Dube) in 1:55.2.
Odds-on favorites Sir Caviar, Road Rash, and Jaavos Boy all made breaks in their respective divisions, setting up for mild upsets by Shermans Mountain (1:55.3, $6.60, Palone) and Tagyoureithanover (1:57.2, $14.60, Mike Lachance), while Crystal Sizzler (1:56.4, $27.00, Corey Callahan) edged out Caviar Crown for the biggest Sire Stakes upset of the evening.
Tetrick won four races on the evening\'s card, including the overnight feature Open Handicap Pace for fillies and mares with Southwind Tempo in 1:51.2. Palone, Brennan and Callahan all recorded driving doubles. (Harrah\'s Chester)