August 2 racing highlights: Strange Saturday at Parx

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Just Jack took a Laurel Park allowance on July 29. Photo by The Racing Biz.

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: STRANGE SATURDAY AT PARX

 

The eyes of the racing world were not on Parx Racing on Saturday.  But maybe they should have been.

Oddities abounded, with at least four different races involving head-shaking moments.

The fun started in the fourth race and involved Steph Got Even, the 1-2 favorite.  According to the official Equibase chart, “Steph Got Even was in motion, with her head down and she was in the grasp of the assistant starter when the gates opened breaking slowest, she raced wide and was never in contention.”

 

Although the stewards posted in the inquiry sign, they ultimately took no action.

In race five, Nabadaat, at 2.90-1 the second choice in the field of eight, was unruly prior to the race and, according to the chart, “fell unseating her rider durling the loading process.”

No matter.  She arose, loaded, and ran, finishing up the track, seventh of eight.

Later, Extrasexxyeurodude appeared to have the seventh race in control, leading by 2 1/2 lengths after three-quarters of a mile.  But near the quarter pole, he lost his action, coming to a virtual standstill and allowing Chase Lane to surge on by into the lead.

Extrasexxyeurodude then regathered himself, picked up the chase, and, as the chart described it, “amazingly came again outside and moved clear at the finish” to win by a length.

 

Finally, in the eighth, Barlovento Tiger had all sorts of gate issues.  He began to act up just prior to the start, lunged and kicked the stall door prematurely, and came out of the gate in a tangle, stumbling inwards to bump with I Love You Honey, who ultimately finished third by three-quarters of a length.  Barlovento Tiger ended up seventh.

This time, there was no inquiry.

 

LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S RACING

  • Tracks in action today: Parx Racing.
  • Discreet Lover (9-2, part of entry) was third in the Hall of Fame Stakes at Parx Racing last September, second in the Parx Derby, and more recently third — at 87-1 — in the $500,000 Ohio Derby.  He still can’t get much respect, though, and the Uriah St. Lewis trainee is 9-2 on the morning line for a $52,000 allowance at Parx Racing this afternoon (race 11).  Regular pilot Jose Flores will ride.  Steve Klesaris trainee Inca Saint (5-2) is favored off a win against $25,000 claimers at Belmont Park and will have Alex Cintron in the irons.
  • Pennsylvania-bred distaffers square off in the ninth at Parx, a $44,000 allowance test going seven furlongs.  Twelve-time winner Dani’s Storm (8-5), fresh off a win against open allowance foes, is favored and will have Hector Caballero in the irons. Stakes-placed Busy Busy Busy (3-1), with three wins from nine career starts, also figures to get plenty of attention from bettors.  J. D. Acosta will ride for trainer Carl Doran.