05/26/2013 4:05PM

Harrah's Philadelphia: Wishing Stone, Economy Terror win $250k stakes


Wishing Stone and driver Yannick Gingras were simply overpowering in Sunday’s $250,000 Maxie Lee at Harrah’s Philadelphia. The six-year-old by Conway Hall sprinted from the outset to establish command and seat rivals, and from there it was smooth sailing.

Gingras had the slick-gaited Wishing Stone on top through a :27 1/5 opening quarter but cleverly controlled the half to :56 4/5. Beaten a nose in the Cutler last week at the Meadowlands by Sevruga, this week Gingras turned the tables on that rival. Sevruga had to start from post seven and Modern Family had post eight. While each left the gate, they were both forced to take spots early.

Sevruga picked up the challenge before the half, going up without cover and helped tow Modern Family into the contest, but neither could seriously threaten Wishing Stone.

The Ron Burke-trained Wishing Stone sprinted the final half in :55 1/5, coasting to a 1:52 track record equaling performance. Uncle Peter, second choice in the wagering, enjoyed a pocket trip from the outset but was no match for the winner. He held second in front of Modern Family, with Sevruga finishing fourth.

For Wishing Stone ($4.40), the victory pushed him over the $2 million mark in career earnings for owners Cowboyland Aalborg, T L P Stable, J. & T. Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms.

The trip couldn’t have worked out any better for 9-1 proposition Economy Terror in the $250,000 Betsy Ross. The four-year-old by Western Terror took full advantage of her rail position from the start, allowing just one horse (Drop The Ball) to clear in front of her before a sizzling :26 opening quarter.

Drop The Ball had plenty of company leaving the gate, with Romantic Moment, odds-on favorite Anndrovette and Feeling You leaving from the outside. Anndrovette felt the sting of the opening quarter racing three wide for its duration before settling in behind Romantic Moment on the rim at the quarter.

The pace was hot with Drop The Ball cutting the half in :54 1/5 and three quarters in 1:22. During the third quarter Anndrovette rallied wide followed by Rocklamation. Last year’s Ross winner Royal Cee Cee N tried to get off the rail to follow cover but was forced back to the inside when Romantic Moment began to fade. Even Feeling You had taken a shot coming wide, but her move would not be extended through the final turn.

Drop The Ball dealt with pressure until the stretch when Economy Terror burst through the inside passing lane and Rocklamation rallied on the outside. Ron Pierce, behind Royal CeeCee N, did a great job of angling wide and his mare rallied tenaciously for third behind Economy Terror and Rocklamation. Anndrovette, despite the incredibly long journey, held bravely for fourth.

Economy Terror won for the first time in three starts this year, earning $125,000 while scoring in 1:51 1/5 for owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Ed Gold. Chris Oakes trains the near $1.5 million career winner.