Three invitationals headline a star-studded program Sunday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, each racing for a purse of $150,000.
The Jerry Taylor Invitational for colt and gelding pacers is race ten on the fourteen-race program. Jerry Taylor was a prominent horse owner for many years, owning horses like Devils Adversary, Exotic Earl, Sunny Disposition, Mister Karamea, Sands A Flyin, among others.
George Morton Levy winner Domethatagain drew post three in the field of eight. The son of Bettors Delight had a perfect trip behind defending champ PH Supercam before gunning him down in the stretch, pacing the mile in 1:51.1, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record at Yonkers.
Millionaire Dancin Yankee is making his ninth start of the season for Baron Racing and Richard Lombardo. The seven-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser is looking to regain the form of last season, where he won eighteen of 29 starts, highlighted by a world record performance (1:48.4) in the Gerrity Pace at Saratoga.
Two-time millionaire Clear Vision drew post seven in Sunday's event. The multiple stakes winner is looking for his first win of the season, finishing on the board in four straight starts against open competition for trainer Ron Burke.
The field also includes 2013 Art Rooney winner Doctor Butch (post 1), millionaire and Levy Consolation winner Sapphire City (post 2), Jimmy Takter trained pacer Great Vintage (post 4), Bamond Racing's Mach It So (Post 5), and 2014 Canadian Derby up setter Modern Legend (post 8).
The Betsy Ross Invitational for pacing mares is race eleven on the all-star program.
Multiple Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner Anndrovette will be looking to add to her $3-million dollar bankroll. Drawing post two for this event, the 42-time winner, trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is looking to go back-to-back in the Betsy Ross. She also won this event in 2011.
Yagonnakissmeornot drew post six. The six-year-old daughter of The Panderosa is just shy of one million dollars in career earnings. The Rene Allard trainee is coming into this race off back-to-back wins including a narrow win in the Chip Noble Pace at Miami Valley. She finished a close second after setting the tempo in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers three starts back.
The field also includes Ron Burke trainee Sayitall BB (post 1), who had a tremendous season in 2014, thirty-time winner Radar Contact (post 3), Jerseylicious (post 4), Table Talk (post 5), who suffered a heart-breaking loss to Yagonnakissmeornot in the Chip Noble in Ohio, Ooh Bad Shark (post 7) and For The Ladies N (post 8).
The Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational for trotters is race twelve on the program. It features perhaps the most anticipated matchup in all of harness racing as superstar mare Bee A Magician squares off against the great Father Patrick.
Bee A Magician drew post three for the event, with wins against the boys in her first three starts of the season. She is the only female to win the Cutler Memorial, which she did easily in her last start. Approaching three million in career earnings, she looks to be in top form heading into this affair.
Jimmy Takter trainee Father Patrick (post 6) has qualified well at The Meadowlands in preparation for his four-year-old season. The multi stakes winner put an exclamation point on his unforgettable 2014 season, with a win in the Breeders Crown. He is making his first start of the season.
The field also includes Lindys Tru Grit (post 1), Ron Burke trainee DWs NY Yank (post 2) who is making his 100th start of his career, three time millionaire Market Share (post 4), Meladys Monet (post 6), millionaire Classic Martine (post 7) and Bourbon Bay (post 8).
Sunday will be Family Day at Harrah's Philadelphia. There will be family friendly activities including prize giveaways and much more. The Riverview Terrace will be open for lunch from 12-4 p.m.