The Thriller in Chester, didn't live up to its billing as Father Patrick easily defeated Bee A Magician in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia; a two length record-tying victory in 1;52.1 Bee A Magician finished second with Lindy's Tru Grit rounding out the top three in third.
Not that Father Patrick didn't have to work for his victory. A good part of the :27.1 first quarter, Father Patrick raced three-wide, A lot of horse would have been spitting the bit at the end of the mile, but not Father Patrick. Once he made it to the top, it became a ride around the block.
In the Betsy Ross, Radar Contact defeated last year's winner Anndrovette by going wire-to-wire in 1:51.1 holding off Anndrovette by a neck at the wire as Anndrovette was able to come up the passing lane to secure the second spot.