Yesterday and today: June 19 racing highlights

by | Jun 19, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, Maryland, MD Racing, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide, West Virginia, WV Racing

A.P. Indian, here winning the 2015 Donald LeVine Memorial at Parx Racing, repeated on Saturday.  Photo By Barb Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: AROUND THE HORN…

 

  • A.P. Indian registered a front-running score in Saturday’s $100,000 Donald Levine Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing, teaming up with jockey Joe Bravo for a three-length score at 3-5 odds, a task made easier when morning line favorite Majestic Affair scratched. A.P. Indian, trained by Arnaud Delacour, now has four stakes wins and $307,434 in earnings from 13 career starts.  His four stakes wins: the Levine, twice, and Monmouth Park’s Decathlon Stakes, also twice.
  • Fuzzy Muzzle took the Dan Horn Handicap at Monmouth Park by a neck.
  • Russell Road is back!  The 10-year-old, West Virginia-bred son of Wheaton, who seemed to be running on empty after two subpar efforts to start the season, bounced back with a neck score in a $27,000 allowance test last night at Charles Town, running longtime rival Lucy’s Bob Boy into the ground before holding off the rally of of tepid favorite In the Fairway.  The win snapped a four-race losing streak — tied for the longest of his career — and gave him 31 wins from 61 career starts, pushing his earnings to $1,981,586.
  • Voluntario impressed in cruising to a six-length allowance win at Pimlico yesterday.  The Hold Me Back colt, trained by Rudy Rodriguez, was a good second in the Sir Barton Stakes to highly regarded American Freedom and yesterday was miles the best in cruising home under a Victor Carrasco hand ride.
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BY THE NUMBERS

  • HANDLE: 
    • Charles Town: $624,871
    • Delaware Park: $651,818
    • Monmouth Park: $3,599,430
    • Parx Racing: $1,241,896
    • Penn National: $615,728
    • Pimlico: $2,852,311
  • CLAIMS:
    • Charles Town: 0
    • Delaware Park: 1
    • Monmouth Park: 3
    • Parx Racing: 6
    • Penn National: 0
    • Pimlico: 6
  • MULTIPLE WINNERS
    • Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Luis Garcia won two races each at Pimlico Race Course.
    • Jockey Paco Lopez won five races at Monmouth Park.
    • Trainers Todd Pletcher and Jason Servis won two races at Monmouth Park.
    • Jockeys Katie Davis, Ricardo Chiappe, and Kevin Gomez won two races each at Delaware Park.
    • Trainer Robert Raymond won two races at Delaware Park.
    • Jockey Hector Caballero won two races at Parx Racing.
    • Jockeys Emilio Flores and David Cora won two races each at Penn National.
    • Jockeys Arnaldo Bocachica won three races at Charles Town.

LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING

  • Tracks in action today: Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, and Pimlico.
  • Monmouth Park hosts the Grade 3 Pegasus Stakes this afternoon.  The $150,000, 1 1/16 mile test for three-year-olds has a field of seven slated to face the starter, headed by promising undefeated Jimmy Jerkens trainee Unified (1-1).  For more on the race, click here.
  • Parx Racing’s Sunday card is topped by a terrific $60,000 open allowance test for older fillies and mares going seven furlongs.  Multiple graded winner Stonetastic (8-5), recently second in the G1 Humana Distaff, heads the field, but four of her five rivals are also stakes winners, including second choice Disco Chick (5-2) and the formful She’s Hot Wired (8-1), who’s won three of five after scoring just twice in her first 30 starts.
  • 2015 Federico Tesio Stakes winner Bodhisattva (15-1) returns to Maryland and the barn of Jose Corrales after a fruitless West Coast sojourn. The Student Council colt hasn’t raced locally since finishing eighth in the G1 Preakness last May and sports a seven-race losing streak. For more, click here.