Barimah A's overall lack of strong early speed was a non-factor in the featured event on Sunday (April 9, 2017) at Harrah's Philadelphia.
The seven-year-old gelding by Bettors Delight was making his third start for Trainer Scott Di Domenico, in what figured to be his toughest test to date, a pace for non-winners of $20,500 in their last five races.
Starting from Post 8, Barimah A lumbered up wide of leavers Bettor Memories (driven by David Miller) and Bushwacker (Brett Miller), but eventually got the lead after being parked the quarter (:26.2). After Driver Tim Tetrick rated the half (:55.1 / :29) a fresh challenger emerged in the form of Blaise MM Hanover (George Napolitano Jr.). The four-year-old Bettors Delight gelding pulled to within a head of the leader and tripped the three-quarters in 1:23.1. The duel continued until the eighth-pole, when Barimah A edged away to win by one length and stopped the clock in 1:50.4.
Blaise MM Hanover settled for second, while Bushwacker finished third. It was the gelding's 16th career win, and fourth of the season. "He raced really well, I thought," said Di Domenico. "It looked like he was going to get collared in the last turn, but fought off the competition, which was really good." Barimah A is owned by Brian Carsey, John McGill, and Adam Friedland. He paid $4.00.
Live racing will continue on Wednesday with a post time of 12:40 p.m. There is no live racing on Easter Sunday (April 16).
(With files from Harrah’s Philadelphia)