Yesterday and today: July 13 racing highlights

by | Jul 13, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide

Zipessa took the Dr. James Penny Memorial Stakes at Parx Racing. Photo by Taylor Ejdys/EQUI-PHOTO.

From Staff Reports


It was a long afternoon Tuesday at Parx Racing — literally and figuratively.

In the first race, run over jumps, two horses — Tricky Hat and Director — fell at the sixth jump, while a third, Castle Hill, lost rider Darren Nagle before the second jump as a result of a broken stirrup.

In the second race, Notaria, a three-year-old maiden filly trained by Charles Cuprill broke down near the half-mile pole and was euthanized.  And in the 11th race, Stone Maze, trained by Penny Pearce, was eased through the lane and had to be vanned off.

All of that — and more — combined to make for a long afternoon.  The official chart footnotes for the second race put it thusly: “Due to a jockey injury in the first race, post time for the second race was pushed back 10 minutes.  It was then pushed back an additional 10 minutes.  Then, a long gate added to the long delay.  The horses left the starting gate 26 minutes past scheduled post time.”

It didn’t get more timely from there: 29 minutes late for the third race, 32 minutes late for the fourth, 33 minutes late for the fifth, 34 for the sixth, finally in the ninth race reaching 44 minutes late.  Each of the day’s final three races went off 44 minutes after scheduled post time.

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    • Parx Racing: $2, 181,768
    • Parx Racing: 3
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  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park and Penn National
  • Pennsylvania-bred Howboutthemcowboys (2-1) gets the nod as morning line favorite in the sixth at Delaware Park this afternoon, a $34,000 maiden special weight event going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.  The Congaree gelding, trained by Jamie Ness, has been second and third in two prior tries over the strip, and will have Erick Rodriguez in the irons.  Cowboy Calvin (5-2), winless in four tries to date, is the second choice and will have Daniel Centeno riding for trainer Tim Ice.
  • A field of eight will go postward in the seventh at Delaware, a $16,000 starter allowance going 1 1/16 miles on the lawn.  I’m the Lucky One (7-2) will have Erick Rodriguez up for trainer Anthony Pecoraro and is the lukewarm morning favorite; the Value Plus gelding enters with two straight wins and three in his last five starts.  Jamie Ness trainee Laythatpistoldown (4-1) enters off a runner-up effort against similar and looks to the main threat in here.