Chester, PA – The best-known of the many talented horses winning during Tuesday (April 20) qualifiers at Harrah’s Philadelphia is the Captaintreacherous mare Lyons Sentinel, 2019 champion freshman, winner of $1,236,361, and one of only two horses to finish ahead of Party Girl Hill when she was second behind Peaky Sneaky in the 2020 Breeders Crown.
Here she came from mid-pack with a last quarter in :27.3 to win by a nose in 1:55.4 over Rose Run Victoria for driver Tim Tetrick, a four-time winner in Tuesday’s qualifiers, and trainer Jim King Jr.
Fastest qualifier was the 1:53.2 victory put up by Save Me A Dance, a 4-year-old son of Heston Blue Chip who held off his Andrew Harris stablemate Gardys Legacy A, making his first Stateside start, by a nose for David Miller (a three-time winner in the morning). Third in that race was the 2019 Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi.
On the trot, Take All Comers, a Creatine sophomore gelding and half-brother to Next Level Stuff, qualified seven days ago in 2:00.2, but today he showed much more by rallying for a victory in 1:55. David Miller drove the promising 3-year-old for trainer Jim Campbell, the only trainer who have a double during the session.
Big Oil, a son of Father Patrick, who set a world record for a dead-heat in a trot with his 1:52.1 effort at two, returned for his 4-year-old season in good form, making every pole a winning one in 1:56.1 for the wife/husband team of trainer Julie and driver Andy Miller.
Three 3-year-old pacers of some North American note successful Tuesday morning were: Heart Of Mine, a Roll With Joe filly second in her NYSS championship, who scored in 1:56.1, with her own last half in :55.2 for driver Corey Callahan and trainer Linda Toscano; the Art Major gelding King James Express, the winner of his NYSS event, who won in 1:56.1 for driver David Miller and trainer Mark Harder; and the altered son of Somebeachsomewhere (and three-quarter brother to Captain Barbossa) Whichwaytothebeach, a 1:51.1f winner at two and successful here in 1:54 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling.