Powerhouse Opening Weekend at Harrah's Chester
from Harrah's Chester publicity department
Three hundred fifty-six entries jammed the box for a powerhouse
Opening Weekend at Harrah’s Chester Casino and racetrack, with strong
fields slated to contest the $32,000 features on both the Friday and
Friday’s Open Trot could very well shape up as a battle of the sexes
between millionaires Corleone Kosmos and Buck I St Pat, both of which
are making their 2010 debuts. Corleone Kosmos, who has nineteen
career wins to his name and earnings on the brink of $2 million, comes
off a pair of solid qualifying efforts at the Meadowlands, sprinting
home in :27 to complete a 1:54.1 mile in the most recent. The
eight-year-old boasts a lifetime mark of 1:51.2, and will be driven by
Hall-of-Famer John Campbell for new conditioner Jeffrey Webster.
He’ll square off against top trotting mare Buck I St Pat, who took the
2008 Maxie Lee Memorial in a track and world record 1:52.2 as one of
her forty career wins. She comes off a pair of qualifiers at the
Meadowlands, finishing in the runner-up position to Corleone Kosmos on
both occasions. Tim Tetrick drives the seven-year-old distaffer for
trainer Ron Burke.
Despite the presence of these two millionaires,
plenty of speed in the race from Chosen Voyageur and Lets Get Serious
N could set up nicely for 32-time winner Lolique, who comes off a
sharp first-over win at Dover in 1:54.3 in a $31,000 Open Handicap
event. John Wagner trains and drives the seven-year-old gelding,
recognized for his strong late kick.
Sunday’s Open Pace boasts a strong field of eight, including
Presidential winner Blatantly Good, who proved a mighty presence last
fall in the top ranks at tracks all along the eastern seaboard.
Richie Silverman handles the driving duties for trainer Mark Kesmodel.
Delivered from Zin and Gottaservesomebody, both mid-level claimers in
recent memory, have worked their way to the Open ranks for trainers
Dylan Davis and Marvin Callahan respectively, and both have seen
recent success against their tough week-in, week-out competition.
Delivered from Zin shows eight wins in ten starts this season, and a
mark of 1:50.3, while Gottaservesomebody has hit the exacta in five of
eleven starts while consistently facing Open and Preferred company at
Dover. Mystery Chase can well loom large, performing well at the
Meadows and Pocono through the Chester offseason, and Booze Cruzin has
shown immediate results for new trainer Moe LaFountaine.
Post time for the Friday and Sunday programs is 12:45 p.m. eastern time.