YESTERDAY’S NEWS: WILDCAT BELLE IMPRESSES IN MAIDEN SCORE
Wildcat Belle had been third and fourth in her first two career starts.
No more, however.
Yesterday, at Parx Racing, the sophomore Intidab filly scored in impressive fashion, rolling to a 6 3/4 length victory in a $50,000 maiden special weight contest. Her running time for six furlongs was a sharp 1:11.84, which compared favorably with the winning time registered in a Pennsylvania-bred allowance two races later.
Under Chuck Lopez, Wildcat Belle immediately grabbed the lead, had a two-length advantage after an opening quarter mile in a brisk 21.93 seconds, widened it to four lengths after a half in 45.88, and cruised home to win while in hand. As the 3-5 favorite, she paid $3.20 to win and topped an exacta worth $19.
The Kentucky-bred is trained by Danny Gargan for Midwest Thoroughbreds.[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” size=”9″]
BY THE NUMBERS
- Delaware Park: $1,148,612
- Parx Racing: $1,548,833
- Delaware Park: 2
- Parx Racing: 3
- MULTIPLE WINNERS
- Brian Pedroza, 4 wins at Delaware Park
- Trevor McCarthy, 3 wins at Delaware Park
- Pierre Hernandez Ortega, 2 wins at Parx
- Jamie Ness, 2 wins at Delaware
- Patricia Farro, 2 wins at Parx
LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING
- Tracks in action today: Parx Racing
- Back at the beginning of his career, Germaniac (part of entry, 9-2) was good enough to make seven consecutive starts in stakes company bridging his two- and three-year-old seasons, winning the Frank Whiteley, Jr. Stakes at Laurel and running fourth in the Chick Lang at Pimlico and the Robert Hilton Memorial at Charles Town. These days, he’s another horse working for a living, and he’s entered in the fifth at Parx Racing, a $16,000 claimer for horses who have not won in six months. Germaniac, trained by Ronald Dandy, has made only one start in that period, finishing second against similar in March, and he’s been first or second in five straight. Juan Vazquez trainee Big Town (3-1) is the lukewarm morning line favorite.
- A full field is slated to face the starter for the eighth at Parx, a $50,000 maiden special weight contest going five furlongs on the turf. Elizabeth Merryman trainee Kitty’s Right (5-2) gets the nod as morning line favorite after back-to-back runner-up efforts at Pimlico, one against similar and one against claiming foes. Another runner entering with two straight seconds is Like a Lion (7-2), the Maryland-bred Silvio Martin trainee who has been second or third in all five career starts, all at Parx. The third favorite is Just Listen (9-2), a Guadalupe Preciado trainee making her career debut at age four. The Talent Search filly has a steady string of works stretching from early May, a couple of them impressive.