Yesterday and today: June 18 racing highlights

by | Jun 18, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, Maryland, MD Racing, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide, West Virginia, WV Racing

Cuppa Mocha Mojo. Photo by Coady Photography.

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: FASTENER IMPRESSES ON DEBUT

 

Bettors were only mildly impressed with Fastener’s credentials in the sixth race at Pimlico Friday. They made him the 6.40-1 fourth choice among nine runners in the maiden special weight contest.

By race’s end, however, everyone was impressed with the sophomore Roman Ruler filly, who was making her career debut.

Under rider Jevian Toledo, Fastener ran with the pace while three wide into the turn, took over nearing the quarter pole, and drew away to a 6 1/4 length victory over favored Tizsomethingroyal.  Running time for the six furlongs was a solid 1:12 flat.

Trained by Alan Goldberg for Colts Neck Stables LLC, Fastener was bred in Kentucky by her owners.  She is out of the unplaced Dixieland Band mare Mythical, who is also the dam of six-figure earners Meander and Blown Save.

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BY THE NUMBERS

  • HANDLE: 
    • Charles Town: $786,540
    • Monmouth Park: $1,741,893
    • Penn National: $752,720
    • Pimlico: $2,200,535
  • CLAIMS:
    • Charles Town: 0
    • Monmouth Park: 4
    • Penn National: 2
    • Pimlico: 5
  • MULTIPLE WINNERS
    • Jockeys Xavier Perez and Jevian Toledo won two races each at Pimlico Race Course.
    • Trainer Donald Barr won two races at Pimlico Race Course.
    • Jockeys Jose Montano and Arnaldo Bocachica won two races each at Charles Town.
    • Trainer Ollie Figgins, III won two races at Charles Town.
    • Jockey Edwin Gonzalez won two races at Penn National.

LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING

  • Tracks in action today: Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, Delaware Park, Pimlico, Penn National, and Charles Town.
  • A short but solid group of six runners is slated to contest the $100,000 Donald Levine Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing Saturday afternoon.  Chad Brown’s multiple stakes winner Majestic Affair (9-5), who most recently ran third in the Grade 2 Alysheba, is favored in the seven-furlong test.  But he’ll have to contend with defending champ A.P. Indian (3-1), last out Lyman Stakes winner Roxbury N Overton (5-2), and Any Court Inastorm (8-1), who has been runner-up in two recent added-money events.
  • A full field of 11 is slated to go postward in this afternoon’s $60,000 Dan Horn Stakes for New Jersey-breds at Monmouth Park.  Here’s to Mike (3-1) is the lukewarm favorite for trainer Jane Cibelli, but he’ll have plenty to contend with in the one-mile, grassy event, including stakes winner Fuzzy Muzzle (7-2) and stakes-placed Chunnel (5-1), who enters off an allowance win against state-breds.
  • A rugged group full of familiar names will contest Charles Town’s featured $27,000 allowance in race seven this evening.  The seven-furlong test includes millionaires Lucy’s Bob Boy (7-2) and Russell Road (8-1), as well as last year’s West Virginia Breeders Classics Onion Juice winner Help a Brother (3-1).  But favoritism falls to Jeff Runco trainee In the Fairway (2-1), who won the Confucius Say two back.