Tetrick, Cullipher Sweep Philly Features

Published: May 24, 2019 05:49 pm EDT

The meet’s leading driver, Tim Tetrick, combined with trainer Jeff Cullipher to win Friday’s two featured events at Harrah’s Philadelphia with promising Hoosier Park shippers.

In the $17,000 distaff pace, Quite A Sight went to the lead late on the first turn and put early numbers of :26.4 and :55.3 on the board. Past the half favoured Believe In Me went up to challenge the pacesetting second choice, and they were engaged in battle towards the 1:24 three-quarters. That contest lasted all the way just past midstretch, where Quite A Sight finally claimed a definite lead for good to win by a length over her rival in a lifetime best 1:52.1.

Trainer Cullipher co-owns the victorious daughter of Camluck with Pollack Racing LLC, and they saw their mare boost her lifetime earnings into six figures, now resting at $133,270.

The Tetrick / Cullipher-sponsored sophomore Horns For Three got three breaks go in his favour while winning a $16,000 trot, but the second one almost ruined all the good luck.

Lapped By Lindy, a winner of four of six starts lifetime, made a break at the start, allowing Tetrick get the victorious altered son of Credit Winner to the lead before the :28 quarter. The pair then ceded the lead to Chapter Fashion, who took the field to the half in :56.4, but that one then turned over the lead to a brushing Capt Chaps Hanover just before the 1:25.1 three-quarters. Tetrick was alert to avoid Chapter Fashion when he went to a run on the turn and was able to maintain inside position, then got his best break of all when Capt Chaps Hanover lost composure at headstretch to give Horns For Three a straight shot up the inside to emerge victorious in a life's best 1:55.4. Cullipher and Pollack Racing LLC also own the developing three-year-old.

Both Tetrick and George Napolitano Jr. had superb showings Friday at Philly as they continue their battle atop the dashwinning standings. Napolitano won five times, Tetrick four, to make the 2019 count Tetrick 71, Napolitano 68. After Cat Manzi won the first sulky win title in 2006, the only drivers to wear the crown at season’s end are Napolitano and Tetrick.

It’s little surprise that Tetrick put on a fine showing at Philly today as one of his favourite days of the year is coming up here Sunday -- the Super Sunday card of three $100,000 Invitationals. In 11 previous editions of each, Tetrick has won the Betsy Ross Mares Pace six times and the Maxie Lee Trot five times, so he knows the way to Victory Lane in the track’s signature event. He has a shot to add the Commodore Barry Pace, in this fifth edition, to his trophy case behind the talented Donttellmeagain. Tetrick also sends out defending champion Shartin N in the Betsy Ross and Guardian Angel AS in the Maxie Lee. Captain Crunch will also be on the fantastic card Sunday in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action.

(with files from PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia)