YESTERDAY’S NEWS: FIVE STRAIGHT FOR T REX EXPRESS
The sight of T Rex Express in the winner’s circle is one that’s become depressingly familiar to her Charles Town rivals.
The three-year-old West Virginia-bred Warrior’s Reward filly posted her fifth consecutive victory last night and ran her overall record to six wins from nine career starts. She has earned nearly $94,000.
Last night, in a $24,000 allowance contest, T Rex Express and regular pilot Arnaldo Bocachica grabbed the early lead and never looked back, winning the 6 1/2 furlong event by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:19.70. Sent off at 3-10, she paid just $2.60 to win. Click and Roll, a 15-1 outsider, finished second, nearly four lengths clear of Dandy Candy in third.
T Rex Express, out of the Maria’s Mon mare Chocolate Mon, was bred in West Virginia by Mr. and Mrs. John Link. Trainer Jeff Runco purchased her as a yearling out of the Keeneland January mixed sale for $20,000, and she’s owned by David M. Raim.[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” size=”9″]
BY THE NUMBERS
- Delaware Park: canceled after three races
- Penn National: $530,250
- Charles Town: $862,852
- Delaware Park: 1
- Penn National: 4
- Charles Town: 1
- Arnaldo Bocachica, 3 wins at Charles Town
- Jerry Villegas, 2 wins at Charles Town
- Edwin Gonzalez, 2 wins at Penn National
- Tim Kreiser, 2 wins at Penn National
- Jeff Runco, 2 wins at Charles Town
LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING
- Tracks in action today: Monmouth Park, Laurel Park, Penn National, Charles Town.
- Check out The GQ Approach for full-card Laurel Park handicapping.
- Twizzle (2-1), impressive winner in his last two, ships down from Monmouth Park for trainer Jorge Navarro to contest race three at Laurel Park, a salty, $45,000 allowance test sprinting on the lawn. Horacio Karamanos is signed up. Among his rivals is Easy River (5-1), a three-year-old Maryland-bred Ham Smith trainee whose two turf sprints have produced a win, in maiden special weight company, and a second place finish in Monmouth Park’s Select Stakes last out, in June. Jevian Toledo will ride.
- Ten freshman fillies (nine betting interests) will tangle in Charles Town’s lid-lifter this evening, a $23,000 maiden special weight contest in which seven of the contestants are making their debuts. The linemaker has installed the 2-entry, Mountaineer shippers trained by Alejandro Gomez, as the 5-2 favorites. The plain 2, Penelopes Best, has been working fast for her debut, while La Versalles has finished fourth in both of her career starts. Another debut runner, Kittycat Heir (3-1) for trainer Jeff Runco, is the second choice; and Passionate Talk (7-2), second on debut for trainer Kenneth Huffman, is third.