Yesterday and today: June 26 racing highlights

by | Jun 26, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, Maryland, MD Racing, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide, West Virginia, WV Racing

Encryption (#2) wins the Turning for Home Stakes. Photo by Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO.

From Staff Reports


[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” size=”9″]


  • HANDLE: 
    • Charles Town: $821,660
    • Delaware Park: $505,834
    • Monmouth Park: $4,121,938
    • Parx Racing: $903,619
    • Penn National: $763,462
    • Pimlico: $2,385,884
    • Charles Town: 1
    • Delaware Park: 2
    • Monmouth Park: 7
    • Parx Racing: 3
    • Penn National: 3
    • Pimlico: 0
    • Paco Lopez, 5 wins at Monmoouth Park
    • Antonio Gallardo, 2 wins at Monmouth Park
    • Ruben Silvera, 2 wins at Parx Racing
    • Emmanuel Esquivel, 2 wins at Parx Racing
    • Feargal Lynch, 2 wins at Pimlico
    • Alex Cintron, 2 wins at Pimlico
    • Antonio Lopez, 3 wins at Charles Town
    • Erick Rodriguez, 2 wins at Delaware Park
    • Tyler Conner, 3 wins at Penn National
    • Julio Hernandez, 2 wins at Penn National
    • Todd Pletcher, 3 wins at Monmouth Park
    • John Toscano, Jr., 2 wins at Parx Racing
    • Patricia Farro, 2 wins at Parx Racing
    • William Komlo, 2 wins at Pimlico
    • James Casey, 2 wins at Charles Town
    • Kimberly Graci, 2 wins at Penn National


  • Tracks in action today: Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, and Pimlico.
  • It’s closing day at Pimlico today, with an eight-race card on tap.  The final race of the 2016 Preakness meeting is a $16,000 claimer going one mile on the turf for fillies and mares that have never won two races.  Brockolini (3-1), third last out in a race that has produced two next-out winners (from two to race) and dropping slightly in class, is the tepid morning line favorite for trainer Michael Pino.  For more on the Pimlico card, check out The GQ Approach.
  • Monmouth Park hosts the $75,000 Mr. Prospector Stakes this afternoon.  The solid morning line favorite is Ned Allard trainee Always Sunshine (3-2).  Though a disappointing fifth last out in the Grade 2 True North at Belmont, he was beaten less than two lengths that day.  In his prior start, the Parx-based runner won the Grade 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap at Pimlico on Preakness day.  He’ll have Frankie Pennington in the irons.  Undefeated Chief Istan (7-2), a Larry Jones trainee, has won each of his first three starts and might be the most intriguing rival here.  Gabriel Saez will ride.
  • Parx Racing’s Sunday card is topped by a $52,000 allowance contest for older fillies and mares going six furlongs.  Your Pace Or Mine (3-1) gets the nod as morning line favorite, and the Guadalupe Guerrero trainee enters off an allowance win, her third victory in five starts; Hector Caballero will ride.  Also of note here is the return of Hazel Eyed Girl (9-2), the Gregory Sacco trainee who has never been worse than third in five main track starts.  The daughter of Wildcat Heir was third against similar in her last start, back in September 2015.  Roberto Alvarado, Jr. will ride.