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


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.