Alexas Power parlayed a pocket trip into a new career mark of 1:50 while winning the $14,400 distaff pacing feature Wednesday afternoon (July 29) at Harrah’s Philadelphia.
The impeccably-bred five-year-old mare is by Somebeachsomewhere and out of out of Michelles Power, who is a millionaire and a full sister to Little Brown Jug winner Michaels Power. On Wednesday, Alexas Power was hustled away from the rail by driver Tim Tetrick, which forced her main rival, Eclipse Me N, to have to pace in :26.1 before getting the lead. Alexas Power waited patiently behind midfractions of :55 and 1:22.1, then slid out at the top of the stretch and paced home strongly to win by three quarters of a length over Bye Bye Felicia, who had sat third-in and had rallied up the inside. Eclipse Me N was forced to settle for the show dough.
Jim Campbell trains the winner of $725,012 for owners Jeffrey and Michael Snyder.
The $11,200 distaff co-feature saw the American Ideal mare Its Mesmerize N close from second-over to take a new mark of 1:52, as the mare was the only horse on the entire card to win off of cover. Andrew McCarthy drove the Darran Cassar trainee, who recorded his first U.S. win for the Windemere Stable LLC.
The track’s top two drivers in terms of wins, George Napolitano Jr. and Tim Tetrick, waged their own private war during the card; with Napolitano winning five races and Tetrick three to put them joint-first atop the drivers column with 46 victories (after only 22 cards of racing). Four of Napolitano’s winners came for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, which allowed him to close in on leading trainer Ron Burke, with Burke still having the edge 20-17.
(PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia)