YESTERDAY’S NEWS: THREE FOR KREISER
Trainer Tim Kreiser enjoyed a good evening Wednesday at Penn National.
The veteran conditioner sent out five runners on the night, and three of them got the money. Oh, and the other two both ran second.
Kreiser and jockey Edwin Gonzalez teamed up to take the early double with Rimfox in the first and Frosty Girl in the second. Both runners scored by open lengths, and both were favored.
He was back at it again when Kisses for Love won the fifth race by nine lengths at odds of 1-2 under Angel Rodriguez.
Kreiser also sent out a pair of runners to runner-up finishes: Obsess in the third race and Easy Ten in the second.
With 32 wins from 142 starters at the Grantville oval, Kreiser has a 12-win lead over his nearest competitor in the training ranks, Paulina Sinnefia, and his mounts have earned nearly $540,000. No other trainer has hit the $300,000 mark yet this season.
- Mongolian King took the Penn National feature, a first level allowance, by six lengths over Kreiser’s Easy Ten at odds of 9-10. The Tom Morley trainee has now won two of his last three and sports an overall record of 11-2-3-0, with earnings of $73,660. Running time for 1 mile 70 yards under jockey Forest Boyce was 1:42.39.
- Arnaldo Bocachica won three races last night at Charles Town, giving him 40 on the 2016 meet — well clear of all other riders except Jose Montano, who’s won 49. Among his scores: a maiden win with Ready Recall for trainer Jeff Runco and an allowance score with Noble Hustle, also for Runco.
LOOKING AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING
- Here’s a handicapping puzzle. The fourth race this evening at Penn National is a maiden special weight event for three-year-old Pennsylvania-bred fillies. The field of seven includes five horses making their career debut, one who’s winless in six tries, and one who was third on debut — but behind the one who’s winless in six tries. Her Divineness (2-1) is the a.m. favorite despite the winless six-race skein; she actually won this race back in September but was disqualified and has lost it four subsequent times. Ransom Past Due (5-2) was third on debut after hitting the starting gate. Among the firsters, Valued Vow (4-1) is an Augustin Stable homebred.
- A pair of West Virginia-bred maiden special weight races, one for three-year-olds and one for three-and-up, at Charles Town don’t look much like each other. In the first, carded as race three, the Javier Contreras-trained entry of Sugar Fire and Twenty Onen One is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the field of eight. Both runners are making their career debuts. In the second, race five, on the other hand, Caboppo is the 5-2 favorite in the field of nine. The Bev Heckrotte trainee is winless in 15 tries, though the son of Bop has finished second six times, including each of his last three.