Yesterday and today: July 14 racing highlights

by | Jul 14, 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



Howboutthemcowboys had run second and third in two tries prior to yesterday’s sixth race at Delaware Park.

Yesterday, on a sealed, sloppy main track, the two-year-old Congaree gelding put it all together and romped to a 3 3/4 length victory in a $34,000 maiden special weight test.  The winner’s share pushed his earnings to $38,675.

Under jockey Erick Rodriguez, Howboutthemcowboys went straight to the front in the 5 1/2 furlong race.  He held a narrow lead after a quarter mile in 22.30 seconds, shook loose a furlong later, and went on to stop the clock in 1:06.74.  Rainy, making his debut, finished second, and it was another 7 1/2 lengths back to Cowboy Calvin in third.

Howboutthemcowboys paid $4.80 to win as the 7-5 favorite in the field of six and topped an exacta worth $13.00.

Trained by Jamie Ness for Triple K Stables and Jagger Inc., Howboutthemcowboys was bred in Pennsylvania by Xanthus Farms, Inc. and Barbara Rickline.  It was one of two wins on the afternoon for Ness at Delaware.

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  • HANDLE: 
    • Delaware Park: $1,391,820
    • Penn National: $661,294
    • Delaware Park: 0
    • Penn National: 1
      • Scott Spieth, 3 wins at Delaware
      • Jamie Ness, 2 wins at Delaware


  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National, and Charles Town.
  • Gimmeaclue (5-2) already owns five victories in 2016, as well as four other in-the-money finishes.  The Pennsylvania-bred Gimmeawink filly, trained by Stephen Mick, has won seven of 17 overall, with earnings of $134,000.  She’ll have Angel Rodriguez in the irons this evening in the third race at Penn National, a $30,400 allowance test going six furlongs on the main track.  Scott Lake trainee Almighty Storm (2-1), who bested similar two back, is the morning line favorite.
  • Eight West Virginia-breds square off in the seventh at Charles Town this evening, a $24,500 allowance going 1 1/16 miles.  Marcus Judy trainee Katman Quick (5-2), who just missed against similar last out, is the morning line favorite.  The Windsor Castle gelding has been first or second in eight straight and will have Christian Hiraldo in the irons.  James Casey trainee Coach Casey (9-2) fits the right profile — a younger, lightly raced horse working through his conditions — and has been third in three straight.  Meanwhile, Gonna Coast (7-2) and J. S. Mosby (4-1) are veteran hard-hitters in search of a lucrative allowance win.