Yesterday and today: April 19 racing highlights
Monster Sleeping won an allowance at Laurel Park on April 3. Photo by The Racing Biz.
From Staff Reports
YESTERDAY’S NEWS: GADGET MAN TAKES FEATURE
Favored Market Blaster stumbled at the start and unseated rider Angel Castillo.
That certainly changed the complexion of yesterday’s $52,000 allowance feature at Parx Racing, and when second choice Lawyer Dave didn’t fire, that left the outcome wide open.
The immediate beneficiary of those events was Gadget Man, who cruised to a 4 1/2 length win in 1:38.41 for the one mile distance. Under Emmanuel Esquivel, who won two on the day, Gadget Man prompted outside the early pace of The Morning Guys, who took the field through a half-mile in 47.96 seconds and three-quarters in 1:13.06.
Gadget Man moved up to challenge rounding the turn, took over, and drew off under mild urging. Zipped Code rallied for the place, and Caliparty finished third.
For Gadget Man, a New Jersey-bred Honour and Glory gelding, it was the fourth win in 26 career starts and gave him earnings of $219,315. The stakes-placed runner is trained by Patricia Farro for his breeders, Anthony Bardaro and Joseph Pierce and paid $13.60 to win as fifth choice in the seven-horse group.
- It was a good day for the brothers Guerrero Monday at Parx. The training duo combined to take three races on the nine-race card. Juan Carlos took a maiden claimer with odds-on Apple Orchard in the third and a claiming event with Eufaula, also odds-on, two races later. Guadalupe joined him in the sixth, a starter allowance, when Your Pace or Mine won for the second straight time and the third in her last four starts; she went off at 6-5.
LOOKING AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING
- Red Razzo (5-2) is favored in today’s featured eighth race at Parx Racing — the region’s only open track today. It’s a second-level, $52,000 allowance going six furlongs on the main track, and it’s drawn a field of eight. The Pennsylvania-bred, trained by Patricia Farro, didn’t break his maiden until his 12th career start, but he’s now won four of five races with a narrow defeat as the only recent blemish. Emmanuel Esquivel will ride. Other contenders in the event include Grey By You (7-2) — Farro’s other runner in here — who recently bested similar company at Parx, and Scott Lake trainee Gin Makes Ya Sin (9-2), who beat second allowance runners at Laurel last out.
- Dolled Up (8-5) is favored to break her maiden in race four at Parx, a $40,000 maiden claimer. The New Jersey-bred daughter of King Puma, trained by Kevin Sleeter, has been second or third in all three prior starts and will have Mychel Sanchez up. Sally’s News (5-2), second against similar last out and making her sixth start of 2016 for trainer Randy Allen, is the only other runner below 4-1 on the morning line.