The weekend’s mid-Atlantic stakes winners…
Grade 3 Parx Dash, Parx Racing
- Tightend Touchdown
- trained by Jason Servis
- ridden by Frankie Pennington
- owned by Mr. Amore Stable
- Storyline: Tightend Touchdown posted his first win in over a year when he prevailed by a head over late-running longshot Mongolian Saturday to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Parx Dash. The six-year-old son of Pure Precision prompted the pace of speedy Bold Thunder, took over with a furlong to go, and held on for the narrow score; it was another 1 1/2 lengths back to show horse Mongol Bull, with favored Power Alert in fourth. Fan favorite Ben’s Cat, the second choice in the field of 11, was sixth.
Grade 3 Delaware Oaks, Delaware Park
- Calamity Kate
- trained by Kelly Breen
- ridden by Edgar Prado
- owned by George and Lori Hall
- Storyline: Calamity Kate blew up the Delaware Park toteboard in Saturday’s Grade 3 Delaware Oaks when she posted a front-running, 1 3/4 length score at odds of 54.40-1. Lovely Maria, the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks winner who was a heavy 3-10 favorite, was a disappointing fifth. It was Calamity Kate’s first stakes win. “It was just a matter of being in right spot at that right time,” said trainer Kelly Breen.
Grade 3 Robert G. Dick Memorial, Delaware Park
- trained by Tom Proctor
- ridden by Channing Hill
- owned by Glen Hill Farm and Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings
- Storyline: Ceisteach, under Channing Hill, stalked a sluggish early pace before coming home sharply to post a narrow win over late-arriving Queen’s Parade to win her second consecutive stake, first in graded company. Favored Kitten’s Point finished third. The four-year-old New Approach filly has now won four of nine career starts and earned more than $209,000. “She took a nice couple of deep breaths for more around the 3/8th’s pole and she really fired turning for home,” said winning rider Channing Hill. “She is just real game. I still had plenty of horse left but for a second I thought Shug’s horse (Queens Parade) was going to go by me. But she dug in and was really game.”
Long Branch Stakes, Monmouth Park
- trained by Todd Pletcher
- ridden by Joe Bravo
- owned by Stonestreet Stables LLC, et. al.
- Storyline: Stanford, a tough luck second in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, registered the first stakes victory of his career in Saturday’s Long Branch Stakes at Monmouth Park. The 1-2 favorite, Stanford, a three-year-old son of Malibu Moon, sat second behind Souper Colossal for three-quarters of a mile before taking command and holding that rival safe by over a length. Longshot Total Joint was a distant third. The 1 1/16 mile Long Branch is Monmouth’s traditional last prep for the Grade 1 Haskell. “If he comes back for the Haskell, the good thing is that we know he likes the course,” said winning rider Joe Bravo.
Cape Henlopen Stakes, Delaware Park
- Holiday Star
- trained by Graham Motion
- ridden by Edgar Prado
- owned by Augustin Stable
- bred in Pennsylvania by George Strawbridge, Jr.
- Storyline: Five-year-old Holiday Star outslugged Montclair to score a narrow decision in the grassy, 12-furlong Cape Henlopen at Delaware Park Saturday. The Cape Henlopen, a $50,000 event that last year produced G1 Arlington Million winner Hardest Core, attracted a salty group that included Holiday Star, a G3-winning son of Harlan’s Holiday, and Irish-bred Montclair, making his North American debut for trainer Christophe Clement, who made an eye-catching move to the lead before the winner surged back to earn the decision. Holiday Star has won five of 17 career starts and earned over $231,000.
Dashing Beauty Stakes, Delaware Park
- trained by Rodolfo Romero
- ridden by Carol Cedeno
- owned by Rodolfo Romero
- Storyline: Galiana is a good horse everywhere she goes — but at Delaware Park, she’s something special. The five-year-old Stonesider mare posted her eighth win in nine tries over the Stanton oval in Saturday’s Dashing Beauty, pushing her career earnings past the $570,000 mark. She bided her time a couple of lengths off the pace, in fifth and sixth place, before swinging wide and running past the leaders to post a three-quarters of a length win. Keep Crossing earned the place, three clear of Satan’s Mistress in third. Galiana, who has now won 14 of 27 career starts, went off as the 8-5 favorite.
Klassy Briefcase Stakes, Monmouth Park
- Lady Shipman
- trained by Kathleen O’Connell
- ridden by Eduardo Nunez
- owned by Ranlo Investments LLC
- Storyline: Lady Shipman ran her record to a spotless five-for-five in short turf sprints when she posted a dazzling six length win in Sunday’s Klassy Briefcase Stakes at Monmouth Park. The three-year-old Midshipman filly, facing her elders for the first time, zipped right to the lead and never looked back, widening over a solid group to complete the 5 1/2 furlong distance in 1:01 2/5. “She was really impressive today,” said winning trainer Kathleen O’Connell. “I know she’s a real nice filly and taking on older horses for the first time today she really showed how good she is.” Lady Shipman, who paid $6.60 to win, has now won six of eight starts and earned over $218,000.