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



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.

[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” size=”9″]


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


  • 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!