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  1. Three wins apiece for riders J.D. Acosta and Arnaldo Bocachica on yesterday’s Charles Town card.  Bocachica took the second, third, and fourth races, while Acosta’s took virtually the opposite approach, winning the first, fifth, and ninth.  Acosta leads the colony with 30 wins, six more than any other rider, while Bocachica checks in seventh with 13 wins.  Two of Bocachica’s wins came for trainer Joanna Boggs, who now has six at the meet.
  2. Acosta added another win earlier in the day at Laurel — he  has 11 more there — but the riding star in Maryland was bug rider Trevor McCarthy, who took three races, including an allowance score aboard Toni With An I for trainer King Leatherbury, giving him 6,422 in his remarkable career.  McCarthy is running away with the riding title at Laurel, with 15 more wins than his nearest competitor, Victor Carrasco, and earnings of over $1.1 million.
  3. Gary Capuano continued an impressive run at Laurel yesterday when P and B and J won the second.  Capuano now has eight wins from 27 starts at the meet, a 30 percent strike rate, and his horses have been in the money 22 of 27 starts (81 percent).
  4. In the seventh at Laurel, a maiden special weight sprint for three year-old fillies, firsters ran one-two.  Trainer Clovis Crane’s shipper, My Kinda Girl, a daughter of Yes It’s True out of the unraced Smart Strike mare Ideal Spirit, took the lead on the turn for home and narrowly held off trainer Mike Trombetta’s Corinnaise (Corinthian-Chalonnaise, by French Deputy).
  5. In the parimutuel oddities department, rider Andrew Wolfsont and trainer Kimberly Graci teamed up to take a pair of claiming races at Penn National, the third and fourth.  Both horses — Saigon Story and Impulse Buyer — paid $16.20 to win.  Jockey Ronny Rideout won two races yesterday at Penn National, giving him three for the year.  He took both halves of the late double, with 13.70-1 Medaglia’s Image and 5.60-1 The Mixer, leading to a $111.80 Daily Double.

(Featured image by Laurie Asseo.)