Yesterday and today: April 9 racing highlights

by | Apr 9, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide, West Virginia, WV Racing

Monster Sleeping won an allowance at Laurel Park on April 3. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: DOUBLE THE PLEASURE

Two Charles Town trainers doubled up last night, taking the first two spots in their respective races.

In race three, a maiden special weight for three-year-olds and up going 4 1/2 furlongs, Joan Reynolds’ uncoupled entry of Williamsburg and Two for the Money occupied the top two spots.  Williamsburg, a Too Much Bling colt owned by Tigertail Ranch and ridden by J.D. Acosta, led throughout to post a 1 1/4 length victory in 52.79 seconds.  Two for the Money, owned by Cobble Stone Stables LLC, outfought Curves that Kick for the place position.

Four races later, in a first-level allowance for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles, trainer Jeff Runco reprised Reynolds’ feat when his March Wind-Moonlight Run entry ran one-two.  March Wind, a Real Estate filly owned by Debbie Rhodes and ridden by Arnaldo Bocachica, stalked the early pace of Cinco before taking over at the three-eighths pole and going on to win by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:48.22.  Moonlight Run, always a couple lengths behind her stable mate, took second midway on the turn but was no match for the winner.  She was four lengths clear of Pinkie Pie in third.

ALSO…

  • Jockey Horacio Karamanos won three yesterday at Laurel Park, including turf scores with maiden-no-more Little Stella and with Maryland Mystique.  He also took the eighth, an allowance for three-year-olds when Tiz Long Gone, trained by Linda Rice, survived a long duel with Good Save to win by a head.  Running time for the dirt mile was 1:38.86.
  • Wembley had found the going at Aqueduct a little steep, going winless in her first five tries there.  But the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee sure likes Laurel, and she made a big worst-to-first move yesterday and went on to win a maiden special weight event by over six lengths as the 6-5 favorite.  Jevian Toledo did the riding honors; running time for the one-mile distance was a solid 1:39.18 for the sophomore daughter of Bernardini.

LOOKING AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING

  • There are two stakes in the mid-Atlantic region this weekend: the Federico Tesio, for three-year-olds, and the Weber City Miss, for three-year-old fillies, both at Laurel Park.  The former is a “Win and You’re In” race granting automatic entry to the Preakness for the winner and the latter a “Win and You’re In” for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.  For more, check out our In Focus guide.
  • Top Midlantic-breds in action this weekend: Cathryn Sophia, number one on the list of three-year-olds, is the even-money favorite in the Grade 1 Ashland Saturday at Keeneland; and Mor Spirit, second on the list of three-year-olds, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby on Saturday.
  • The following Midlantic-breds are running in graded stakes this weekend:
    • Behrnik’s Bank (PA) is 15-1 on the morning line in the Grade 2 Gazelle at Aqueduct on Saturday;
    • Green Gratto (NJ) is 12-1 on the morning line in the Grade 1 Carter at Aqueduct on Saturday;
    • Spelling Again (PA) is 12-1 on the morning line in the Grade 1 Madison at Keeneland on Saturday; and
    • American Dubai (VA) is 20-1 on the morning line in the Grade 1 Bluegrass at Keeneland on Saturday.