Philly Card and driver Shawn Johnston were in full speed late in the race to score the win Wed. Jan. 3 at Hollywood Casino at The Meadows. The Indiana sired mare scored the win in the $6,600 conditioned pace in 1:55.1.
Philly Card started from post five and left the gate with the herd, surrounded by horses with the same intentions of heading to the lead. Johnston immediately grabbed hold of the mare and drifted to the back of the pack as Just Zip It and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. grabbed the top spot, overtaken by Bytheway Hanover at the quarter in :27.1. Heading to the half, the outer flow formed, giving Philly Card the opportunity to get out and follow along in third-over fashion. After the half in :56.2, horses began to bunch up heading into the final turn. Philly Card moved four wide coming out of the turn and was widest of all among a slew of horses with their sights set on the finish line.
Philly Card drifted in slightly but was corrected and straightened and began to pick off horses one by one. In the end, she was a winner by two lengths over Bytheway Hanover, unleashing a final quarter in :29.4. Just Zip It was third.
Philly Card kicked off the new year with a payout of $31.40 at the windows. The Fred and Ginger five-year-old is owned by Heidi Mullet and trained by Lester Mullett. Jim Harrington and Ernest Schwartz bred the mare, who took a mark of 1:53.4 as a three-year-old at Harrah’s Hoosier Park and now has $38,000 on her card.
Also a winner on the Wednesday card at the Meadows was Indiana sired Catch N Kill, a product of the DeLong breeding operation of Wisconsin. The four-year-old Always a Virgin mare scored a fast-closing win in $11,900 conditioned pacing action with Brady Jenson in the bike. After following along in mid pack most of the way, she kicked into high gear down the lane, posting a final panel of :27.4 to win by a head in 1:54.4 over Kuper Trooper and Dave Palone. PJs Fancy Dancer and Jeremy Indof finished third.
Catch N Kill is owned by Rick Magee of Wisconsin and trained by Angie Coleman. The mare was unraced at two, took a mark of 1:54.2 last year at three, and now has a win in her first start at four. Overall, she has $39,000 on her card in 23 career starts.
Real Lady Sadie rounded out the Indiana winners on the Meadows Wednesday card with a victory in the $6,600 conditioned pace for driver Aaron Merriman. The six-year-old daughter of Always a Virgin led gate to wire, drawing away to a nine-length victory at the wire in 1:55.0. Fellow Indiana sired mare Cats Image, a daughter of Rockin Image, finished second for Jeremy Indof while Keystone Stevie and Brady Brown were third.
Real Lady Said paid $2.40 as the favorite. She is owned by Lou Goans and Scott Leasure. Leonard Miller bred the mare.