Vim won an allowance at Laurel Park on March 20. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From Staff Reports


Jockey Trevor McCarthy won three times yesterday — for three different trainers — to highlight the day’s racing at Laurel Park.

He won a $10,000 claiming race aboard R Jolley Dreamer in race two, closing nicely to get the money, and logged a front-running score aboard Legal Precedent in the day’s nightcap, a $25,000 maiden claimer.

In between, he piloted the favorite, It’s the Truth, to a 2 1/2 length win in race four, a maiden special weight test for three-year-old fillies.  It’s the Truth, a New Jersey-bred daughter of Yes It’s True, had been second or third in her first three starts for trainer Graham Motion.  Running time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:49.09…

Also on the card, nine-year-old Maryland-bred Homeboykris — now six years removed from finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby — scored a $23.40 upset in a solid starter allowance going seven furlongs.  He’s now won 13 of 61 starts… Conniver Stakes winner Candida H. narrowly held off the late charge of Understanding to win a second-level allowance…


Rally Gal lived up to her name to take a maiden special weight at Parx Racing yesterday, rallying from fourth to win by two lengths.  The four-year-old Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Monba most recently had run third in a $15,000 maiden claimer back in December.  She’s trained by Patricia Farro, who won two on the day… Alice Roadtrain has already made six starts in 2016 for trainer Mario Serey, and in the first five she had not finished better than fourth and had been sixth, seventh, and 10th in her last three.  Yesterday — “racing with renewed interest,” according to the chart — she blitzed a $7,500 claiming field by almost 10 lengths while completing six furlongs in a zippy 1:12.12 that was very slightly faster than Rally Gal managed it…


At Parx Racing today… A killer field is scheduled to face off in the featured seventh race, an open $60,000 allowance test going six furlongs.  The group:

  1. Trouble Kid (9-5), the favorite, is winless in three tries this year. He won the De Francis Dash last November but was disqualified to second.
  2. Favorite Tale (4-1) is slated to make his season debut.  He was third in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint and owns a spotless five-for-five ledger in Bensalem.
  3. Stallwalkin’ Dude (2-1) most recently was third in the G3 Tom Fool at Aqueduct and missed by just a neck in last September’s G1 Vosburgh.
  4. Beach Hut (8-1) was most recently second in an allowance over the strip and prior to that had twice finished third in stakes at Laurel Park.
  5. Eye Luv Lulu (10-1) has been second in two of three starts this year and won in his only try at Parx, back in November.
  6. El Deal (9-2), the promising Andrew Lakeman trainee, won his first four starts, from November ’14 to last May, ending with a four-length win in the Gold Fever Stakes at Belmont, but has been on the shelf since.