Yesterday and today: July 9 racing highlights

by | Jul 9, 2016 | Breaking, Maryland, MD Racing, New Jersey, NJ Racing, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide, West Virginia, WV Racing

Struth and Demon Buster slug it out. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: PLEASANT MINE IMPRESSES ON DEBUT

 

St Elias Stable’s Pleasant Mine made a very nice impression in her debut Friday at Monmouth Park, taking the day’s $36,000 maiden special weight opener by open lengths under leading rider Paco Lopez.

Trained by Anthony Margotta Jr., Pleasant Mine stopped the clock in a solid 1:41.75 for the mile and seventy yards on the fast main track and paid $9.60, $3.60 and $2.60.  Delay of Game, the 4-5 favorite,  was three lengths back, completing the $20.40 exacta and paying $2.40 and $2.10. It was just a nose back to Preppy, who paid $3.40 to show.

Anthony Margotta Jr. is now 5-for-6 on the year with first-time starters.

The winner, a 3-year-old filly by Mineshaft out of the Pleasant Tap mare Pleasant Lyrics , was a $440,000 yearling purchase.

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BY THE NUMBERS

  • HANDLE: 
    • Charles Town: $774,625
    • Monmouth Park: $2,029,208
    • Penn National: $766,450
  • CLAIMS:
    • Charles Town: 1
    • Monmouth Park: 4
    • Penn National: 2
  • MULTIPLE WINNERS
    • JOCKEYS
      • Jonathan Gonzales, 2 wins at Monmouth
      • Paco Lopez, 2 wins at Monmouth
      • Roberto Alvarado, Jr., 2 wins at Monmouth
    • TRAINERS
      • Jorge Navarro, 2 wins at Monmouth
      • Flint Stites, 2 wins at Penn National

LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING

  • Tracks in action today: Monmouth Park, Parx Racing, Delaware Park, Laurel Park, Penn National, and Charles Town.
  • Check out our full-card handicapping of Laurel Park in The GQ Approach.  The GQ Approach delivered a flat-bet profit last week, as well as three doubles worth a combined total of over $620.
  • Monmouth Park’s feature today is the $100,000 Long Branch Stakes, the last local prep for the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.  We’ve got full-card handicapping of the Monmouth program, including the Long Branch, in today’s edition of Shore Bets, which has been hitting at an insanely high rate in recent weeks.
  • Four stakes are on tap at Delaware Park today.
    • Eighth Wonder is an undefeated speedster looking making her first foray into graded company in the G3 Delaware Oaks.
    • But Dark Nile, with three wins from four starts, is one of a solid group of fillies that will have something to say about that.
    • The undercard stakes include the G3 Robert G. Dick Memorial, an interesting turf route for distaff runners, and two $50,000 events.
  • Wonder-horse, and fan favorite, Ben’s Cat headlines the G3 Parx Dash today, hoping to bounce back from a disappointing third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup last out and facing a salty field here.
  • Check out our podcast with Derby Bill Watson to get his picks from the Parx Dash, Delaware Oaks, Dick Memorial — and the Grade 1 Belmont Derby, too!