YESTERDAY’S NEWS: TALLER SISTER JUST MISSES PENN TRACK RECORD
It didn’t take much for Taller Sister to earn the third win of her 16-race career: just a time so fast that she missed breaking a nearly-40-year-old track record at Penn National by one-one hundredth of a second.
In her prior race, Taller Sister, trained by Jonathan Sheppard for owner William L. Pape, chopped all but a neck off a five-length deficit in the final furlong. Yesterday evening in a $29,500 allowance, a four-length gap at the eighth pole proved to be no obstacle as Taller Sister, under Andrew Wolfsont, tipped out in the lane and exploded to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Maya Elizabeth. It was another 9 1/4 lengths back to show horse Queenofzeenile.
Running time for the 1 mile 70 yards over firm turf was 1:37.21 — just a whisker behind the 1:37.20 track record set in 1978 by Aborigine.
Taller Sister, a daughter of Red Giant out of the Citidancer mare City Glitter, has now won three of 16 starts, finished in the money eight other times, and earned $95,835. She was bred in Pennsylvania by Sheppard and Pape.[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” size=”9″]
BY THE NUMBERS
- Charles Town: $723,072
- Delaware Park: $1,208,991
- Penn National: $769,066
- Charles Town: 0
- Delaware Park: 1
- Penn National: 3
- MULTIPLE WINNERS
- Brian Pedroza, 3 wins at Delaware
- Gerald Almodovar, 3 wins at Charles Town
- Tyler Conner, 3 wins at Penn National
- Edwin Gonzalez, 2 wins at Penn National
- Tim Grams, 2 wins at Charles Town
LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING
- Tracks in action today: Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Penn National, and Charles Town.
- Recruiting Ready, a Sagamore Farm homebred, wowed ’em when winning by 10 lengths on debut May 28 at Pimlico. This afternoon, his stablemate Riley’s Choice (5-2) gets the nod as the morning line favorite in a $40,000 maiden event for juvenile fillies going five furlongs on the main track. But the intriguing group also includes Friesan Gal (8-1), a Robin Graham trainee who is a half-sister to the talented stakes winner Lexington Street, and Tom Proctor trainee Rum Go (8-1). Rum Go’s half-sister, Casual Cocktail, laid waste a maiden field at Delaware two back and did the same to a Penn National allowance crew last out.
- John Mazza trainee Upset City (9-5) looks to have the advantage on eight rivals in Monmouth Park’s featured eighth, a $50,000 allowance contest for NJ-breds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track. The City Zip filly galloped against state-bred maidens last out, winning by seven in her first state in 10 months with Paco Lopez up. Lopez has 49 wins at the meet; Nik Juarez is next in the win column, with just 20. Lopez won 13 races in three days last weekend, including five on Saturday and six on Sunday.
- Take the Crepe (12-1) may be a longshot in the fifth at Charles Town, a $23,000 maiden sprint for WV-breds, but the Denis of Cork colt is worth a gander all the same. Out of the Seacliff mare Kom Kim Lass, Take the Crepe is a half-brother to 2015 Onion Juice winner Help a Brother, a 10-time winner who has earned $247,094 in his career. Trained by breeder Lewis Craig Jr., Take the Crepe will be ridden by Mauricio Rodriguez. Jeffrey Allen trainee Awsome Faith (2-1) is the favorite after finishing second against similar last out.
- Phil Schoenthal trainee Fuhrlong (1-1) has run second three straight races in New York to start his career — including to next-out Tremont Stakes winner Silver Mission. That figures to be credentials enough to best PA-bred maidens at Penn National in race three this evening. The Langfuhr colt will have Jevian Toledo in the irons. Price a little too low? Give a look to Bernie Houghton trainee Pansy (6-1), adding Lasix after a respectable debut, or the Rodrigo Madrigal entry of Indiantown Gap and Ignotus (6-1); he hits with 23 percent of debut runners at a positive ROI.