Yesterday and today: July 20 racing highlights

by | Jul 20, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide

Pool Winner. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From Staff Reports



In the first start of her career, Yasamin showed absolutely nothing, finishing last, beaten 23 lengths, at 47-1 odds.

Maybe she was just playing possum.

The filly who was last at every call in the first race of her career was first at every call yesterday at Parx Racing and went on to post a 53-1 upset in a $50,000 maiden special weight event contested at five furlongs on the turf.  Yasamin paid $108.40 to her relatively few backers and topped a $488 exacta.

Bred in Pennsylvania by Godstone Farm, three-year-old Yasamin is trained by Ralph Riviezzo for owner Sharon D. McKenzie.  She’s a daughter of Misbah out of Devil’s Quest, by Devil’s Bag.

Yesterday, with David Castillo in the irons, Yasamin opened a clear lead through a quarter mile in 23.69 seconds and, as the chart put it, “was never menaced” en route to a 2 1/4 length win in 59.40 seconds.

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  • HANDLE: 
    • Parx Racing: $1,783,733
    • Parx Racing: 6
      • Hector Caballero, 2 wins at Parx
      • Juan Carlos Guerrero, 2 wins at Parx


  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National.
  • A big field will go postward in the eighth at Delaware Park, a $34,000 maiden special weight for two-year-olds going 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf; at this early stage of their careers, no runner in here has raced beyond 5 1/2 furlongs, making this race something of a puzzle.  Roethlisberger (2-1) is the morning line favorite; the Tim Ice trainee ran sixth on debut, back in May, in a $100,000 maiden event at Belmont Park.  He’ll have Scott Spieth in the irons.  Tell the Truth (3-1), trained by Graham Motion, is another who finished sixth in his debut, earlier this month on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs. He’ll have Trevor McCarthy up.  And Keith Nations will leg up Victor Carrasco on Baytown Turls (6-1); the Maclean’s Music gelding has finished third in each of his first two starts and gets Lasix today for the first time.
  • Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares square off in Penn National’s fifth race, a state-bred allowance going 1 1/16 miles. Tim Kreiser trainee Ransom Past Due (5-2) is the morning line favorite off a third-place finish against similar last out, albeit on the turf.  She’ll have Angel Rodriguez aboard.  Her main competition looks to come from Desi Dublin (3-1), the Fran Campitelli trainee who lodged a front-running score last out against Pimlico maiden special weight foes.  Alex Cintron, who rode her to victory that day, will look to reprise that effort here.