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'Allywag', Chief Mate At Philly Friday

Published: July 7, 2020 4:56 pm ET

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Three-year-old pacing colts Allywag Hanover, Chief Mate and Captain Groovy have been entered to race this week in Pennsylvania.

Allywag Hanover and Captain Groovy, both of whom have already won in 1:48 this season, will be mixing it up in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action Friday (July 10) at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Friday program will see no less than five $39,432 divisions of the PASS's opening leg contested. The card will also be six $20,000 divisions of the companion Pennsylvania Stallion Series.

Allywag Hanover, by Captaintreacherous, had been entered for this Saturday's Meadowlands Pace eliminations at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Although, when only 12 colts dropped in for the 'M-Pace' elims, the conditions of the stakes called for 'byes' to be offered to the top seasonal moneywinners (for complete information, click here). Allywag Hanover was second in seasonal earnings and opted out to come to Harrah's Philadelphia, as did Chief Mate, who was third in 2020 earnings.

After a good freshman campaign, Allywag Hanover has been nothing short of sensational thus far in 2020 with two Meadowlands victories (the latest came on Saturday in 1:48, in which he paced his final quarter in :25.3). Trained by Brett Pelling for the Allywag Stable, Allywag Hanover is scheduled to be handled by Tim Tetrick Friday from Post 6 in Race 8, which will feature a field of seven.

Captain Groovy, who is also a son of Captaintreacherous, posted his 1:48 victory 20 days ago at the Big M, where he rushed home in :26. Not kept eligible for the Meadowlands Pace, Captain Groovy is slated to be driven by Mark MacDonald from Post 4 in Race 12 for trainer Ray Schnittker, who is also a co-owner with Ted Gewertz, Howard Taylor, and Mary Kinsey Arnold.

Chief Mate is scheduled to start from Post 4 in his sire stakes assignment, which has been carded as Race 10. Chief Mate has won in 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philly and 1:50 at Pocono in an undefeated campaign. George Napolitano Jr. has been tapped to drive the son of Captaintreacherous for trainer Tony Alagna and the ownership of Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, Brad Grant, and Captain Kirk Racing.

(With files from PHHA / Harrah’s Philadelphia)


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