Our Monday RaceBrief, in which we see what happened in the races we were watching…
- 1:48 p.m. The Pick 6 at Parx Racing entered the weekend with a carryover of more than $24,000 — and left it with more than $43,000 carrying over. That’s in part the result of Lucy’s Finale, who scored a 41-1 upset in Sunday’s sixth race.
- 2:34 p.m. GQ’s best bet of Saturday, Bo Badger in the fourth from Pimlico, ran a non-threatening fourth at 7-1 odds. But his Longshot Play of Saturday — Miners Quest in the sixth — got up late to win by a nose, give trainer Howard Wolfendale his 1,500th career win, and return $9.80 to backers.
- 3:02 p.m. Gabby Gaudet’s Pick 5 came acropper when Miners Quest won the sixth race of Saturday from Pimlico, but in the spotlighted eighth race, one of her targeted runners — Annawon, for trainer Linda Gaudet — rallied late to post a two-length win and reward backers with a $30 payoff.
- 3:40 p.m. One of the two Pennsylvania-breds — Henny Jenny and On the Backstreets — entered in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway on the Keeneland turf Saturday scratched and perhaps the other should have. Henny Jenny ran fifth at long odds in the 5 1/2 furlong test for fillies and mares; she rallied from tenth but was still beaten by over six lengths by longshot winner Katie’s Eyes. On the Backstreets was scratched. Another PA-bred, Emotional Kitten, had been entered in the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley later on the same card; but she, too, scratched.
- 5:18 p.m. In the Grade 3 Lexington, the answer was Lael Stables’ Divining Rod. The three-year-old Tapit colt stalked the pace from third, took over in the stretch, and drew off for a three-length win. Graham Motion trainee Donworth — a very impressive first-out winner whom bettors surprisingly made the favorite — nosed out pacesetter Fame and Power for the place.
- 6:54 p.m. We liked Nose Job in a Penn National allowance for one reason and one reason only: his name. That worked as well as other betting strategies, as he was a well-beaten sixth.
- 7:05 p.m. The early double at Charles Town paid $128 after 14-1 Really Blue Moon lit up the tote board with a front-running score in a quick 52.22 seconds for 4 1/2 furlongs to break his maiden. The first leg of the sequence went to Jeyran, a horse bred in Azerbaijan.
- 7:18 p.m. Maryland-bred Bridget’s Big Luvy set speedy early markers in Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, throwing down a quarter mile in 22.77 seconds and a half in 45.99. That was too much for the son of Tiz Wonderful, trained by Jeremiah Englehart and ridden by Angel Cruz. He had no answers when confronted by American Pharoah (the 1-9 favorite), who sped on to an impressive eight-length win. Bridget’s Big Luvy finished last of the eight runners. Far Right, the only other horse with single-digit odds (7.20-1), rallied from last to be second, just ahead of Mr. Z.