McCarthy Sweeps Philly's Thursday Features

Racing action from Harrah's Philadelphia
Published: July 27, 2023 05:23 pm EDT

Harrah’s Philadelphia featured younger horses climbing the class ladder on Thursday afternoon in a trio of $14,400 features for different classifications; the one common thread was driver Todd McCarthy, who won all three top races.

First up were the male pacers, with the Betting Line gelding Bet A Bundle taking a new mark of 1:50.1. McCarthy hustled Bet A Bundle away from post eight, yielded the lead to Stormalong to sit in the pocket, then stormed home himself to win by 1-1/2 lengths over the chalk. Maria Reid trains the fast pacer for J M F Racing LLC and Peter Fusco Racing LLC.

The National Basketball Association has its star Jokic – the Denver Nuggets’ Nikola, two-time MVP and friend of Tim Tetrick – and harness racing may have a budding star Jokic, as the Cantab Hall sophomore trotting gelding is overcoming a slow start to his career, having won two of his last three including a 1:55.3 victory in the highlight for his gait. McCarthy kept this winner third along the rail, then got him to respond quickly late to pass pacesetting favourite Portulaca by a head for trainer Mark Harder and owner Dean Lockhart.

The Sweet Lou sophomore filly Quick E is now undefeated in seven seasonal starts, with McCarthy moving her to the lead early and then just being a quiet passenger the rest of the way in the distaff pacing feature as the three-year-old lowered her mark to 1:51.1. Brett Pelling trains the sharply-improved miss (winless in two baby starts) for Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Bottom Line Racing LLC.

McCarthy ended the day with a total of four driving wins as he also got Dupree Hanover into the win column. After the Stay Hungry sophomore made sporadic starts and faced stakes competition throughout his earlier races, he scored a 21-3/4-length blowout victory in 1:50.4 -- fastest mile of the day -- in a $10,800 maiden race for trainer Tony Alagna and owners Jablonsky Held Stable, Brad Grant and Alagna Racing LLC.

A pair of $20,000 Open Handicaps for the fast-class older performers will be featured at Harrah’s Philadelphia this weekend. On Friday, Ruthless Hanover, who set the all-time record for a five-eighth mile track of 1:46.3 right here at Philly, will go from the outside post six in the pacing headliner. Also starting from post six will be 2022 Maxie Lee winner Lovedbythemasses, the outermost horse behind the starting gate in the top trotting class. 

(With files from PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia)

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