Chester, PA --- Some of the best 3-year-old pacers and trotters will be on hand for a blockbuster card this Sunday (Sept. 7) at Harrah's Philadelphia. Four Pennsylvania Sire Stakes finals will be contested, each going for a purse of $260,000.
The 3-year-old filly trotting championship is headlined by Brittany Farms' Lifetime Pursuit (Cantab Hall-Queen Of Grace). The Jimmy Takter trainee has banked more than $750,000 in her career, winning 12 of her 22 lifetime starts. The Hambletonian Oaks winner is coming off of an impressive performance in the Simcoe at Mohawk, and is looking to extend her winning streak to five.
Other contenders include the runner-up in the Hambo Oaks, Designed To Be (Donato Hanover-Sheer Soul), who is also coming off a victory in a division of the Simcoe at Mohawk, and Take The Money (Donato Hanover-Repititions), who finished third in the Hambo Oaks.
Millionaire trotter Father Patrick (Cantab Hall-Gala Dream) headlines the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot. Considered by many as the top trotter in the country, Father Patrick made an uncharacteristic break in the Hambletonian as the heavy favorite. After getting upset in the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga, he quickly got back on track with a win in the Zweig Memorial at Vernon.
Top threats include another millionaire trotter in stablemate Nuncio (Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle), who was a heartbreaking second to Trixton in the Hambo, and Datysuk (Explosive Matter-Pink Ribbons), who upset Father Patrick at Tioga.
The 3-year-old filly pacing championship figures to be a wide open affair. Bradley Grant's Sandbetweenurtoes (Somebeachsomewhere-Al's Girl) has won eight of eight races this year, including a game win in the Mistletoe Shalee at The Meadowlands.
Ron Burke trainee Allstar Rating (Four Starzzz Shark-Credit Rating) was sharp at the Meadows in victory three starts back, and that was followed up by a tough loss to Sandbetweenurtoes in PASS action at Pocono.
Dave Menary trainee Beach Gal (Somebeachsomewhere-Trinity Islands) was flying in the stretch at Mohawk last start in the Simcoe. She is also a PASS winner, with several sub-1:50 efforts under her belt.
S S G Stable's McWicked (McArdle-Western Sahara) is the probable favorite in the 3-year-old colt and gelding pacing championship. The Adios winner is coming off a victory in PaSS action at The Meadows. The Casie Coleman trainee has a chance to surpass the million dollar mark in career earnings with a first or a second place finish.
Contenders include Limelight Beach (Somebeachsomewhere-Benear), who is coming off back-to-back near misses in the Milstein Consolation and a PaSS event, Somewhere In L A (Somebeachsomewhere-West Of L A), who is coming off a narrow defeat at the hands of McWicked in a PaSS event last time out, and Sometimes Said (Well Said-Lady Sometimes), who has won three races in a row since a difficult journey hampered his chances in the Meadowlands Pace.
Post time at Harrah's Philadelphia is 12:40 p.m.