Yesterday and today: July 27 racing highlights

by | Jul 27, 2016 | Breaking, DE Racing, Delaware, PA Racing, Pennsylvania, Racing, Regionwide

Saratoga Jack. Photo By Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO

From Staff Reports



A pair of runners who hadn’t experienced much success in their first few races came through with scores in maiden special weight company yesterday at Parx Racing.

In the fifth race, Won Dozen Banks, a gelded son of Bank Heist, registered a front-running victory in a one-mile test.  Won Dozen Banks, owned by Peter Kazamias and bred in Pennsylvania by his Kaz Hill Farm, covered the flat mile in 1:38.90 under jockey John Bisono.

Won Dozen Banks had two second-place finishes in five prior starts.  He now has earnings of $76,300.  The Enrique Arroyo trainee paid $6.40 to win.  Favored Viva La Kid finished second, beaten by three parts of a length.

In the next race, Believe in Luck, a sophomore Afleet Alex colt, scored by a length-and-a-half in 1:11.59 for six furlongs.  He had had a single second place finish from five prior starts.

Believe in Luck, trained by John Servis for Cash Is King LLC, rallied from fifth under jockey Paco Lopez and “drew off with speed to spare,” according to the official chart.  He paid $10.40 to win.  Favored Gorgeous Charli finished fifth.

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  • Parx Racing: $1,401,047


  • Parx Racing: 4


    • Paco Lopez, 2 wins at Parx
    • Ruben Silvera, 2 wins at Parx
    • John Servis, 2 wins at Parx




  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National.
  • Admirals War Chest (3-1) hasn’t won in four starts since his front-running score in last October’s $150,000 Maryland Million Classic.  Most recently, he led for a half-mile before settling for a decent third, beaten three lengths, by allowance foes at Laurel Park. The Corby Caiazzo-trained, Maryland-bred son of Elusive Charlie returns to action today in a $38,000 allowance contest at Delaware Park. He’ll have Taylor Hole, who rode him to his Classic victory, in the irons.  Kelly Breen trainee Stonescape (5-2)  is favored off an allowance win at Parx Racing June 12.
  • Isofass (9-2) kept some good company earlier this season, including appearances in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and the James Murphy Stakes at Pimlico.  Those stakes tries didn’t go so well, but the Tres Abbott trainee should be more comfortable this afternoon in race seven at Delaware Park, a $36,000 allowance test on the turf.  He’ll have top local pilot Gabriel Saez up.  Cort’n Asong (3-1) is favored off a third-place effort against similar at Laurel Park.
  • Handsome Boy (3-1) has finished second twice in three career starts.  This evening, the Sherene Bracho trainee is favored to break his maiden against a field of eight other Pennsylvania-bred maidens in the second race from Penn National, a $33,300 maiden special weight race..  Jesus Bracho will ride.  The second favorite, Best Thing (7-2), is winless in 14 career tries.