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Dial Or Nodial Prevails In Philly Open

Published: November 30, 2012 6:49 pm ET

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Millionaire pacer Dial Or Nodial rallied home off cover to prevail in a blanket finish in the $50,000 Open Handicap Pace featured on the Friday afternoon card of harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia.

Driven by David Miller, Dial Or Nodial settled away fifth from post six in a field scratched down to seven. Meanwhile, 3-2 favourite Meirs Hanover (Yannick Gingras) left from post five and emerged between Cobalt Man (Andy Miller) and We Will See (Ron Pierce) to take the lead just before the :27-second opening quarter mark. He cleared to command over Cobalt Man, while We Will See took back to third, and led the way to the half in :54.3.

As the field rounded the clubhouse turn and approached the midway point, Abelard Hanover (Corey Callahan) made the first over sacrifice from fourth with Dial Or Nodial following his cover.

Abelard Hanover moved up alongside the leader as they raced by three-quarters in 1:22 and edged ahead into the stretch, but Dial Or Nodial tipped off cover and kicked home in :27.4 to notch his 26th career victory. He prevailed by a quarter of a length over Abelard Hanover in 1:50.1. We Will See came on for third on the far outside, finishing just a half-length behind. Meirs Hanover was fourth with early trailer Keystone Velocity (Matt Kakaley) finishing fifth.

The six-year-old Western Ideal gelding, who has compiled a seasonal record reading 4-5-3 in 18 starts with earnings of $185,920, is trained by Jim Campbell and owned by Fashion Farms of New Hope, Pennsylvania.

Sent postward as the 9-2 fourth choice, Dial Or Nodial returned $11.20 to win.


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