Photo by Laurie Asseo.

From Staff Reports


Safe to say that Salty’s Hero likes the slop.

Racing over a sloppy sealed track yesterday at Parx Racing, the four-year-old Pennsylvania-bred made every step a winning one in taking the seventh race, a $10,000 claiming event, by more than eight lengths.

The Partner’s Hero gelding is trained by Ramon Preciado for Barbara Hopkins and has now won three of 11 career starts, with earnings of $59,980.  He was bred by R H Breeding LLC.

Sent off as the 2.30-1 second choice, Salty’s Hero held a narrow lead after an opening quarter mile in a sharp 21.96 seconds.  And from there, he simply ran them off their feet.

He covered the next quarter mile in 22.73 seconds, giving him a half in 44.69 seconds and a five-length lead.  When he zipped the next eighth in 12.27 seconds, the lead ballooned to 10 lengths before he was geared down in the very late stages by jockey Hector Caballero.  Running time for six furlongs was 1:10.70.

Two of Salty’s Hero’s three career wins have come on tracks rated less than fast.


  • Two trainers had two wins on the day at Parx.  Donald White won the second and ninth races, while Richard Vega scored in the sixth and eighth.  They were White’s first two wins of the year.


Win Quietly and Masons Dream hooked up in upper stretch and slugged it out to the wire in the third race yesterday at Parx Racing, with Win Quietly narrowly prevailing.

But after an objection and an inquiry, it was Masons Dream getting his picture taken after Win Quietly was disqualified.

As the field turned for home in the $7,500 claiming race, Masons Dream grabbed the lead from fading early leader Noreen.  But Win Quietly looked the most likely winner as he came up outside Masons Dream and seemed to have all the momentum.

However, under right-handed encouragement from jockey Jose Flores, Win Quietly drifted in and bumped three times with Masons Dream and rider Jose Ortiz.  Masons Dream stayed on gamely to be beaten just a head while well clear of Noreen in third.

The win via DQ was one of two wins for Ortiz on the day.