Yesterday and today: July 8 racing highlights

by | Jul 8, 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



Bettors made speedy, seven-year-old Greenway Court the 1-2 favorite in last night’s seventh at Charles Town, a $27,000 allowance test for West Virginia-breds going 4 1/2 furlongs.

But, though the James Casey trainee was game, he was no match for Chasin Rush, ridden by Gerald Almodavar.

Chasin Rush, a Medallist gelding trained by Harvey Blue, Jr. for Robert Cole, Jr., popped the latches on top, led the field through a quarter mile in 21.85 seconds with a 1 1/2 length lead, and went on to 2 3/4 length win in 51.53 seconds.  It was Chasin Rush’s eighth win in 22 career starts and his third in four this year.

With Antonio Lopez in the irons, Greenway Court, a Windsor Castle gelding, gave willing chase but was never really in position to loom a major threat.  He held second over the late-arriving King of Anything by just a nose.

Greenway Court, the two-time winner of the West Virginia Dash for Cash Breeders’ Classic Stakes, has 15 wins from 28 starts and earnings just shy of $388,000.

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  • HANDLE: 
    • Charles Town: $996,317
    • Delaware Park: $1,493,624
    • Penn National: $863,931
    • Charles Town: 0
    • Delaware Park: 0
    • Penn National: 1
      • J. D. Acosta, 2 wins at Charles Town
      • Joanna Boggs, 2 wins at Charles Town


  • Tracks in action today: Monmouth Park, Penn National, and Charles Town.
  • Stakes-winner Royal Renege (5-2) hasn’t won since taking the Lyphard for PA-breds a year ago at Penn National.  The Elizabeth Merryman trainee returns to that track this evening as the favorite in a five furlong sprint on the lawn with Jevian Toledo in the irons.  Her top rival looks to be Leroys Jewel (3-1), a runner who’s never been out of the money sprinting on the lawn and enters off a second place finish at Pimlico.  Other contenders here include Shipwreck Cove (4-1), whose last turf try, last August, resulted in a six length win against similar, and 16-time winner Tribal Custom (9-2), who’s six-for-six on the grass.
  • Flint Stites trainee Singmealovesong (5-1) led a long way in her debut before giving up the lead in the final furlong to finish fourth at Penn National last month. This evening, at Charles Town, she tackles a full field in a $23,000 maiden special weight test — and an extra half-furlong in the 6 1/2 furlong test.  Ollie Figgins trainee Prospector’s Moon (5-2), is favored.  Despite a record of 0-for-6, she has kept much better company than her rivals, including starts at Belmont and Saratoga last year.  Jeff Runco’s Aritzia (8-1), second as the favorite on debut, also rates a look in her second career start.