Yesterday and today: April 26 racing highlights

by | Apr 26, 2016 | Breaking, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide

Forest Funds won an allowance at Laurel Park on April 24. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From Staff Reports



As the field approached the half-mile pole in yesterday’s co-featured seventh race at Parx Racing, track announcer Keith Jones ran through the field, concluding that you’d have to “dial long distance for” Serious Happiness, a 32-1 longshot ridden by Jose Flores who was over 17 lengths behind with half of the one-mile test remaining.

Not for long.

The Uriah St. Lewis-trained El Corredor filly began to make up ground on the turn, swung out wide entering the lane and closed with a rush to run down Jar of Hearts by 1 1/4 lengths.  It was another half-length back to Rare Medal in third.  Running time for the mile on a fast main track was 1:42.16.

It was the third career win, from 21 starts, for Serious Happiness, who was making her ’16 debut.  The New York-bred has earned $163,636.

Serious Happiness paid $66 to win and topped a $237.20 exacta.  She was the second consecutive bomber to win — Pretty Cool Cat was paid $126.20 to win the sixth — and as a result, the pick three sequence concluding with race seven paid just $91.10 on two of three.


  • Eighth Wonder was a steward’s scratch from the eighth, leaving the undefeated runner’s return for another day.  It also left a pretty wide open heat in its wake, and the main beneficiary was She’s Hot Wired, who rallied to win by two under Trevor McCarthy in 1:11.11 for trainer Mario Serey, Jr.  It was the second win in three starts for a horse who’d won just two of her first 30 tries.
  • Salty’s Hero, the favorite in the Parx Racing nightcap, broke down nearing the far turn and had to be euthanized.
  • Trainers Marcos Zulueta and Louis Linder, Jr. each won two on the day.


  • Humility (5-1) has taken full advantage of the Pennsylvania-bred program at Penn National, having broken her maiden at first asking and then run third against allowance foes, both at the Grantville oval.  But with Parx Racing’s equine herpesvirus-triggered quarantine dragging on, the John Servis trainee will have to stay home to tackle local state-bred foes in race eight, going 5 1/2 furlongs.  The most formidable of those foes, perhaps, is morning line favorite Prodigious (5-2), who has two wins from 12 starts, or True Knockout (7-2), who has one win in eight tries.  Jorge Vargas will ride Humility.
  • Smarty Never Quits (8-5) has finished third twice in three career outings, and that — coupled with the addition of Lasix — is enough to make the sophomore Smarty Jones filly, trained by Frank Pollara, the solid favorite in Parx Racing’s fifth race, a one-mile test for maiden fillies.  Hot rider Emmanuel Esquivel, winning at a 20 percent clip, will be in the irons against a modest group in which the second choice on the morning line, Office Secretary (3-1), has a single second place finish in nine starts and has lost her two 2016 starts by a combined total of over 31 lengths.