Yesterday and today: July 7 racing highlights

by | Jul 7, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, 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



Yesterday, she got a second chance to make a first impression on stakes company, and My Impression delivered in a big way.

The three-year-old Sky Mesa filly romped to a 3 1/4 length victory in the $50,000 Christiana Stakes at Delaware Park, easily besting a contentious group of 10.

Trained by Shug McGaughey for Stuart Janney, III, My Impression sat a couple of lengths behind the early speed of April Gaze and It’s the Truth, eyeballing the top two, as well as Involuntary, through a half-mile in 49.04 seconds and three quarters in 1:13.84.  My Impression and Jose Ortiz moved up to engage outside of her rivals rounding the far turn and proved best under a drive.

Running time for the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf was 1:44.48.  Involuntary was second, just a nose ahead of Outsider Art.  My Impression, sent off the slight favorite, paid $7.40 to win.

She has now won three times from five starts and has career earnings of $80,815.  My Impression had finished fifth in her stakes debut, in Aqueduct’s Memories of Silver Stakes in April.

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  • HANDLE: 
    • Delaware Park: $1,723,770
    • Penn National: $707,134
    • Delaware Park: 0
    • Penn National: 1
      • Edwin Gonzalez, 3 wins at Penn National
      • Carol Cedeno, 2 wins at Delaware
      • Victor Carrasco, 2 wins at Delaware


  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National, and Charles Town.
  • A full field is slated to gather for Delaware Park’s seventh race, a $40,000 maiden claimer going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf; the race has five runners on the also-eligible list.  Michael Matz trainee Majestic Trick (7-2) is the tepid morning line favorite.  The Hat Trick filly hasn’t raced since February when she was eighth in a maiden race at Gulfstream Park; she’ll have Alex Cintron in the irons.  But some other runners figure to attract attention, too, including Kelly Rubley trainee Vizi Girl (5-1), recently a good second against similar; and Arnaud Delacour’s coupled entry of Believe Indeed and Northern Eclipse, lined at 6-1.  The former was fourth last out on Preakness day at Pimlico; the latter was fourth in her only career start, a year ago at Belmont.
  • Tim Woolley trainee Just a Glance Away (5-2) was a good second last out and has been in the money five of eight career starts.  Those credentials are enough to make her the favorite in tonight’s fourth race at Penn National, a $33,300 allowance test for PA-breds on the turf.  Angel Serpa will ride.  Major competition looks to come from Ransom Past Due (4-1), a Tim Kreiser runner who’s won three of six starts; and Lakota (5-1), trained by Jonathan Sheppard, a stakes-placed runner who won last out in her first try of the year and has not been worse than second in three career starts.
  • Five-time stakes winner Greenway Court (7-5) is scheduled to make his 2016 bow this evening in race seven at Charles Town, a $27,000 WV-bred allowance going 4 1/2 furlongs.  The James W. Casey trainee — also bred by him and owned by his Taylor Mountain Farm — won all five of his 2015 starts and has won 15 of 27 overall, including five stakes.  The Windsor Castle gelding has earned $382,410 in his career and will have Antonio Lopez in the irons.  His top rival here is Chasin Rush (8-5), a formful Harvey Blue-trained runner who has won two of three this year and will have Gerald Almodovar in the irons.