08/16/2012 12:21PM

Harrah's Philadelphia: Super Stakes Sunday could determine divisional leaders

Barbara D. Livingston
A Rocknroll Dance is the 2-1 favorite in the Battle of the Brandywine.

The draws for both the $500,000 Colonial Trot and the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Sunday at Harrah’s Philadelphia assured that the top three-year-olds in the sport will see eye-to-eye. The Colonial will pit Hambletonian winner Market Share (post 1) against Beal Memorial world champion Googoo Gaagaa (post 2). In the Battle of the Brandywine, three of the hottest, toughest and fastest pacers in North America square off. Hurrikane Kingcole (post 3), A Rocknroll Dance (post 4) and Sweet Lou (post 8) will see action.

The Super Sunday Stakes program on Sunday afternoon, first post 1:30 p.m., also includes the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational, race nine, which kicks off a $25,000 guaranteed pick four. World champion Chapter Seven makes his first start since posting a 1:50 1/5 mile in the Nat Ray at the Meadowlands on August 4. The four-year-old by Windsongs Legacy landed post eight in the field with Tim Tetrick again set to drive.

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Also on tap is the $350,000 Valley Forge, race 10, for the top three-year-old pacing fillies. This race is power-packed with Pennsylvania’s finest Big McDeal, a recent Sire Stakes winner at Mohegan Sun Pocono, drawing the pole position. She’ll face a pair of outstanding fillies in American Jewel, a winner in world record time in the Fan Hanover at Mohawk (post 2) and Major Look, a two-time conqueror of American Jewel, most recently in the Mistletoe Shalee at the Meadowlands (post 4).

Make no mistake however, the Harrah’s Philadelphia card may have something for everyone, but in the end it should have significant answers to who the division leaders are. In the three-year-old trotting colt group Googoo Gaagaa had everyone talking following his world record miles in the Beal elimination and final. Yet the colt fizzled with breaks in the Yonkers Trot and Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands. The Richard Hans-owned and trained colt returned last week with a solid victory at Ocean Downs in an event for Maryland-sired horses.

Market Share made Linda Toscano the first female trainer to condition a Hambletonian champion with his first-over score in the sport’s most prestigious race. He’ll hope to keep his hot streak going at Harrah’s on Sunday in the day’s 11th race.

That pair won’t be alone with Hambletonian runner up Guccio (post 3), the speedy Little Brown Fox (post 4) and multiple stakes winner and Hambo beaten favorite Uncle Peter (post 8) all in the lineup as a coupled Jimmy Takter-trained entry.

The $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine, race 12, figures to be a battle for the ages, with three of the premier sophomores racing over the five-eighths surface with something to prove. Though A Rocknroll Dance has captured the Meadowlands Pace, the son of Rocknroll Hanover has been more consistent than dominant with just three wins in 10 starts this season. Nevertheless the colt has been brilliant in victory and defeat and has held his form remarkably well. His most recent effort, a second place finish in the Del Miller Adios on July 28 at The Meadows saw him pace some of the fastest fractions the sport has ever seen only to succumb late to Bolt The Duer.

Hurrikane Kingcole is another with blazing speed and an incredible supply of bad luck this season. In his most recent start, the Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands on August 4, the son of Cams Card Shark carved up the fastest three quarters in the sports history, setting blazing fractions of :26 3/5, :52 2/5 and 1:18 2/5 before losing a photo in a 1:47 2/5 mile. Previously the John McDermott-trained colt posted a 1:47 3/5 mile in a Meadowlands Pace consolation.

Sweet Lou entered the year with a target on his back and may need a victory in the Battle to finally get it removed. The son of Yankee Cruiser has won six of nine starts this year but has come home empty thus far in his three most important races. Trainer Ron Burke and driver Dave Palone may need a little more racing luck from the outside post in order to give the colt a chance to win. Sweet Lou has won elimination races for the Adios, North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace but on each occasion failed to come back a week later and deliver the championship. Perhaps with just one race required to capture the Battle of the Brandywine things will be different.

The 14-race, nearly all stakes program, offers a $25,000 guaranteed exacta pool in races 10 to 12 and a $10,000 guaranteed pick four starting in race 4.