Yesterday and today: July 1 racing highlights

by | Jul 1, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, New Jersey, NJ 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



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.

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  • HANDLE: 
    • Charles Town: $723,072
    • Delaware Park: $1,208,991
    • Penn National: $769,066
    • Charles Town: 0
    • Delaware Park: 1
    • Penn National: 3
      • 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


  • 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.