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  • St. Patrick’s Day Starter Handicap (CT) — Termsofengagement, trainer William Campbell, owner William B. Bayne, Jr.
  • Conniver Stakes (LRL) — More Than a Cruise, trainer Larry Murray, owner Howard Bender, bred in Maryland by Sondra and Howard Bender
  • Harrison Johnson Memorial Stakes (LRL) — Ground Transport, trainer Michael Stidham, owners West Point Thoroughbreds, St. Elias Stable and Get Grounded Stable


Tracks in Pennsylvania will run more than 550 races restricted to Pennsylvania-breds in 2014, the Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association predicts, with $14.5 million in purses.  The state-bred stakes program will provide another $1 million, and on top of that, the state’s bonus awards programs will kick in another $10 million.  “The program distributes more money, on a per foal basis, than nearly every other state-bred program,” says PHBA president Brian Sanfratello…

Handsup Moneydown continued his winning ways with a narrow victory in starter allowance company on Saturday at Parx.  The Sharp Humor gelding, trained by Ramon Preciado, was never far back in the six furlong affair, finally made the lead inside the final sixteenth of a mile, and held on to win by a half-length.  He’s now won three straight and four of five in 2014.  Nationwide, only one horse — He’s So Proud — has more wins than this one…

Jockey David Cora, shut out over the weekend at his home base of Penn National, inched closer to the 2,000 win mark in his career on Monday at Parx when he piloted Midnight Tango to a clear win in a $16,000 lifetime claimer.  Cora has 1,998 wins in his career from 12,847 starts.  He has five starts coming up in the next few days…

With late March snow falling, turf season can’t come soon enough in the mid-Atlantic.  Entries are down around the region.  At Laurel Park, Wednesday and Thursday cards are both just eight races, and short fields — in some cases, just five horses — abound.  Parx’s card this afternoon is similar, just eight races with many short fields; and even at Charles Town and Penn National, they’re feeling the pinch…



(Featured image by Laurie Asseo.)