Archive for September 2019

Jockey Jairo Rendon: Scraps picks up the pieces in Bear’s Den

Scraps stormed down the center of the Gulfstream Park turf course to capture the $75,000 Bear’s Den by 3 1/4 lengths over Timmy M. on Saturday. It was another neck back in third to Lahinch.

The Bear’s Den was for 3-year-olds at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Scraps ($21.20) was content to let the pace go as Sovereign Warrior took the field through an opening quarter-mile in 22.67 seconds and a half-mile in 46.28. Scraps was angled off the rail down the backside and was shuffled back before coming on again on the final turn. The eventual winner entered the stretch six wide and closed with a furor to prove much the best. He covered the distance on firm ground in 1:28.23.

Jairo Rendon rode Scraps for trainer Stanley Gold.

Timmy M. lacked room until late when making his run up the rail, but managed to edge fellow Joe Orseno trainee Lahinch.

Scraps, who was coming off a first-level allowance win for Florida-breds, is a son of Brethren. He races for his breeder, Arindel. Scraps won for the third time in his career and the first-place check of $45,000 pushed his bankroll to $155,730.

Spun to Run game in stretch of Smarty Jones

Trainer Carlos Guerrero has a lot of faith in Spun to Run, which is why he equipped the 3-year-old son of Hard Run with blinkers and ran him in the Grade 1 Haskell, where he finished third behind Maximum Security and Mucho Gusto.

On Monday, in the Grade 3, $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx, Spun to Run rewarded Guerrero’s confidence with a hard-fought head victory over Gray Magician in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

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Spun to Run was into the bridle from the start of the Smarty Jones under jockey Paco Lopez, settling into a tracking position along the inside behind Bethlehem Road, Top Line Growth and a three-wide Majid, who did not break sharply. It was several lengths farther back to 8-5 Gray Magician.

Majid began to retreat on the backstretch, and on the far turn Lopez eased Spun to Run up between Bethlehem Road and Top Line Growth. Spun to Run took a short lead nearing the quarter pole as Gray Magician was making a sharp move to the leaders four wide under Corey Lanerie.

Entering the stretch, Gray Magician had all the momentum and took the lead. But Spun to Run wouldn’t quit and began to come on again. Spun to Run and Gray Magician bumped solidly in deep stretch twice as Lopez worked his mount left-handed, and in the end Spun to Run retook the lead.

It was 4 1/2 lengths back from Gray Magician to Top Line Growth in third. After that came Cairo Cat, Bethlehem Road and Majid.

Spun to Run, surprisingly bet down to 3-2, paid $5 as the favorite. He was timed in 1:44.14, following fractions of 23.25, 47.36, 1:11.99, and 1:37.44.

Now 3 for 8, Spun to Run earned $177,900, nearly doubling his income to $360,520.

Cathryn Sophia: Jeltrin pulls away

Jeltrin led throughout to win the $150,000 Cathryn Sophia by 7 3/4 lengths, but the race really wasn’t that simple.

Jeltrin set the early pace while well out from the inner rail in the mile and 70-yard race for 3-year-old fillies. She was joined from the outside on the backstretch by Jennifer’s Dream and 7-10 favorite Fashion Faux Pas. Jennifer’s Dream dropped back nearing the far turn, leaving Jeltrin and Fashion Faux Pas on the lead.

Midway on the far turn, Fashion Faux Pas appeared to lose her action momentarily in her hind legs and was taken up sharply for a second or two by jockey Daniel Centeno.

Fashion Faux Pas did not appear injured, and Centeno commenced riding her again before easing her through the stretch. After the race, Centeno stayed aboard Fashion Faux Pas and brought her back to be unsaddled.

Trainer Arnaud Delacour, a half-hour after the race, said he was “not quite sure what happened but it is possible the filly behind them [Jennifer’s Dream] may have clipped her hind heels or maybe she just lost her action.

“Regardless, I have just watched her walk at the barn and she is doing fine. It is possible we could bring her back in 19 days for the Charles Town Oaks if she is okay.”

When Fashion Faux Pas dropped back on the far turn, it left Jeltrin on a sizable lead, which she lengthened in the stretch.

Grandaria finished second, Queen of Beas was third.

Jeltrin paid $12.20 and was timed in 1:44.18. She is owned and trained by Alexis Delgado.

Pure Sensation survives objections to win Turf Monster

Pure Sensation improved his record over the Parx turf course to 7 victories from 8 starts by winning the Grade 3, $300,000 Turf Monster for the fourth time Monday, but it did not come without a degree of controversy.

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Breaking from the outside post in the 11-horse field, jockey Paco Lopez sent Pure Sensation hard from the gate and went to the lead with some horses bumping behind him, including Rocket Heat, who appeared to come inward from post 10, and Amblin Man, who appeared to come out from post 7.

Pure Sensation was joined from the outside by Hollywood Talent on the turn but put him away in the stretch en route to a three-length victory.

Dubini, No. 8, finished second with a good but belated bid and his jockey, Kendrick Carmouche, lodged an objection against Pure Sensation and Lopez for interference after the start. Corey Lanerie, the rider of No. 9 Texas Wedge, who was squeezed back at the start and finished ninth, also lodged an objection against Pure Sensation for interference after the break. The stewards after reviewing the video, disallowed both objections.

Pure Sensation also won the Turf Monster in 2015, 2017, and 2018. He won the Grade 3 Parx Dash in 2016, 2017, and again this season.

Owned by Patricia Generazio and expertly handled throughout his career by trainer Christophe Clement, Pure Sensation, now 8, is 14 for 35 in his career. The $171,000 he earned Monday, pushed his bankroll to $1,968,550.

Pure Sensation paid $3.20 and covered the five furlongs over firm turf in 57.80 seconds. Hollywood Talent finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Dubini.

Chalon runs to her backing in Roamin Rachel Stakes

Chalon lived up to her 4-5 favoritism in the $100,000 Roamin Rachel Stakes at Parx Racing on Monday, slipping through inside the leader, Bronx Beauty, entering the stretch and opening up to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The Roamin Rachel was one of four consecutive MATCH Series races on the Smarty Jones undercard at Parx on Labor Day.

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Chalon benefited from a heady ride by Paco Lopez, who stayed to the inner rail around the far turn and into the stretch. The win was the second from four starts on the year for Chalon, who was dropping in class after finishing second in the Grade 2 Honorable Miss and Grade 3 Bed o’ Roses in her two previous races.

Chalon, a 5-year-old daughter of Dialed In, is owned by the Lael Stable of Roy and Gretchen Jackson and trained by Arnaud Delacour.

Now 7 for 17 in her career, Chalon was making her first start in a MATCH Series race this year and will not be eligible for any post-series bonus money. A horse needs to start in at least three legs of the five-race series to be eligible to share in the bonus pool.

Chalon paid $3.80 to win and was timed in 1:11.90. Mess’n Around finished second in the Roamin Rachel, three-quarters of a length ahead of Bronx Beauty in third.

Bronx Beauty earned five MATCH Series points for finishing third and now trails Ms Locust Point, who finished fifth in the Roamin Rachel, by six points in both the overall MATCH standings and in the filly and mare dirt-sprint division. The titles will come down to how Ms Locust Point and Bronx Beauty perform in the final leg of the series, the Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sept. 28.

PTHA President’s Cup: Dynatail refuses to lose

Dynatail scored her second MATCH Series victory of the season in the $100,000 PTHA President’s Cup. If she starts in the final leg of the MATCH filly and mare long-turf series, the Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park on Sept. 28, she will win the division. Dynatail is 2 for 2 in the MATCH Series this year. To qualify for the bonus pool, a horse must start in at least three legs of the series.

Dynatail went right to the lead in the 1 1/16-mile President’s Cup. She was challenged from the outside in earnest by Notapradaprice on the far turn, was headed, then gamely came back on to win by a neck.

Dynatail, a 5-year-old owned by the Ballybrit Stable and trained by Mike Dini, paid $23.60 in the eight-horse lineup. She completed the course in 1:41.93. Dynatail is now 8 for 30 in her career.

Candy Store, who track the leaders early finished third, a half-length behind Notapradaprice.

Bensalem: Engage holds on

Engage took the lead from pacesetting Cowboy Mz in upper stretch, drew clear, then lasted by a half-length over late-running Bon Raison to win the six-furlong Bensalem Stakes. Engage, who was winning for the fourth time in 11 starts, was making his first appearance for trainer Steve Asmussen after formerly being conditioned by Chad Brown.

Cowboy Mz moved up to take a clear lead in the eight-horse field, cut out fractions of 22.27 and 45.45 seconds, but folded up his tent in the final furlong and finished last. Engage, never far back, bid three wide nearing the stretch, and then had just enough left late to hold on under Joe Bravo.

Engage, who is owned by Woodford Racing, paid $11.20 and completed the course in 1:11.48. The Bensalem was the second start of his 4-year-old season.

By finishing third in the $100,000 Bensalem, Laki earned 5 MATCH Series points and increased his lead in the 3-year-olds and up dirt-sprint division. Laki won the division in 2018.

Neshaminy: Abiding Star strongest in stretch

Favored Abiding Star won a stretch-long duel with 2-1 second choice Paret to take the $100,000 Neshaminy Stakes by a neck. The win gives Abiding Star the lead in the MATCH Series 3-year-olds and up turf-sprint division.

To be eligible to earn MATCH series bonus money, Abiding Star will have to start in the final leg of the series, the 5 1/2-furlong Rainbow Heir Stakes at Monmouth on Sept. 28. The Rainbow Heir is at a distance that appears too short for Abiding Star.

Carol Cedeno rode Abiding Star in the Neshaminy for trainer Ned Allard. Abiding Star paid $5.60 in the nine-horse Neshaminy and was timed in 1:29.56 for 7 1/2 furlongs over grass.

Abiding Star, 6, is now 12 for 40 in his career for his breeder, the Stonehedge LLC of Gilbert Campbell.

Spun to Run, Pure Sensation Earn Graded Wins at Parx

Pure Sensation has won seven graded stakes at Parx Racing.

Meet Pure Sensation, the turf monster at Parx Racing.

An over-matched field of 10 turf sprinters probably would have been just fine without an introduction Sept. 2, as Patricia Generazio homebred Pure Sensation rolled to an easy victory in the $300,000 Turf Monster Stakes (G3T) at Parx.

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With the three-length score, veteran turf sprinter Pure Sensation secured a seventh graded stakes win at Parx. He won the Parx Dash there in the spring for the third time before winning the Turf Monster a fourth time since 2015 Monday. The Florida-bred 7-year-old son of Zensational—Pure Disco, by Disco Rico, completed Monday’s five-furlong test in :57.80.

In the turn Pure Sensation, under Paco Lopez, put away a challenge from longshot Hollywood Talent then quickly opened an insurmountable advantage in early stretch. Never threatening the winner, Dubini closed for second with Hollywood Talent holding third.

Pewter Stable’s Dubini earned a graded stakes placing for the first time, and 8-year-old Hollywood Talent, who is campaigned by Ten Strike Racing, earned a graded-stakes placing for the first time since his juvenile season when he finished second in the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) and third in the Sanford Stakes (G2) on dirt.

Trained by Christophe Clement, Pure Sensation earned the 11th stakes win of his career and improved his earnings to $1,968,550 as he closed in on the $2 million mark.

Pure Sensation returned $3.20, 2.80, and $2.60 across the board while Dubini paid $8.20 and $6 to place and show. Hollywood Talent, sent off at 44-1, paid $17.20 to show.

Spun to Run Seals the Deal in Smarty Jones
One race later on the Parx card, Robert Donaldson’s Spun to Run just edged Gray Magician after a stretch-long duel to secure the first graded stakes win of his career in the $300,000 Smarty Jones Stakes (G3). Paco Lopez was aboard as he swept the days graded stakes.

Trained by Juan Guerrero, lightly raced Spun to Run was making his first start since finishing third in the TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) July 20 at Monmouth Park. The Haskell marked the stakes debut for the 3-year-old son of Hard Spun , who scored his maiden win in January at Parx and followed with an allowance level victory there in March.

Early in Monday’s race, Bethlehem Road enjoyed a clear advantage through a half-mile in :47.35 with Spun to Run rated in third, Top Line Growth in second, and Gray Magician further back in fifth. Bethlehem Road would yield after six furlongs in 1:11.99 and coming out of the far turn Gray Magician circled outside of Top Line Growth inside and Spun to Run between them.

Gray Magician, under Corey Lanerie, would seize the lead in early stretch but Spun to Run would regroup and battle back. Those two would duel to the wire with Spun to Run prevailing by a head. Top Line Growth would hold third, 4 1/2 lengths behind the top two.

Spun to Run paid $5, $2.60, and $2.10 across the board and second-choice Gray Magician returned $2.80 and $2.20. Top Line Growth paid $2.60 to show. He holds a 3-1-3 record from eight starts with $360,520 in earnings.

Donaldson purchased Spun to Run for $64,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale from the De Meric Sales consignment. Bred in Kentucky by Sabana Farm, Spun to Run is out of stakes-winning Grand Slam mare Yawkey Way, who also has produced stakes winner Tap It All (Tapizar).

Yawkey Way has a yearling filly by Frosted consigned as Hip 1047 by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, entered in this year’s renewal of the Keeneland Sepetember Yearling Sale. She foaled a Practical Joke colt March 21.

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