August 3 racing highlights: Juvy fillies tackle White Clay Creek

by | Aug 3, 2016 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

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

From Staff Reports


  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National.

Four two-year-old fillies that won their only starts to date take center stage among a field of seven set to contest this afternoon’s White Clay Creek Stakes at Delaware Park.  The $50,000 contest will take place over 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track and is carded as race eight (post time 4:45 p.m.).

Trainer Michael Gorham sends out the favorite in the form of You Know Too (2-1).  The daughter of Colonel John, based at Delaware Park, won by six lengths over the strip in her career debut, leading throughout en route to a handy score.  Her two works since that victory both were bullets, most recently zipping four furlongs in 47 2/5 seconds on July 23, fastest of nine at the distance at her home track.  Erick Rodriguez has the mount.

Trainer Tony Dutrow, whose charges are four-for-six at Delaware this meeting, counters with Southernperfection (3-1).  The Majesticperfection filly also won at first asking over the strip, although hers was a much different race.  She stalked the pace early, made a three wide bid, and held  on to win by a neck on July 11.  Alex Cintron will take the reins.

Two other runners who scored on debut also are here.  Trainer Anthony Margotta’s Easy Money (4-1) won by just under a length going 4 1/2 furlongs at Parx Racing in June and retains pilot Andre Worrie, who rode her in her debut.  And La Key (10-1), who broke her maiden by eight lengths on June 8 at Delaware Park for trainer Baltazar Galvan, gets Lasix for the first time in her second career start. Notably, top Delaware jock Brian Pedroza, who rode both this filly and Southernperfection in their debuts, picked this one for today.

The rest of the field includes Choice Prospect (8-1), who dropped down to the claiming ranks to break her maiden last out for trainer John Salzman, Sr.; Gina Rosenthal trainee Michaels Butterfly (6-1), an impressive second-out winner over the strip; and Clairvoyant Lady (8-1), who scored by a neck last out in maiden claiming company for trainer Cal Lynch.




  • Discreet Lover, coming off four consecutive stakes starts, the last two at odds of greater than 80-1 in the $500,000 Ohio Derby and Grade 2 Indiana Derby, appreciated the drop down to N1X allowance company yesterday at Parx Racing, scoring by a half-length under jockey Jose Flores.  The Uriah St. Lewis trainee now has two wins, and more than $200,000 in earnings, from 15 career starts.
  • Dani’s Storm thrashed a field of Pennsylvania-bred allowance fillies and mares by five lengths at Parx yesterday under Hector Caballero, zipping seven furlongs in 1:22.39.  It was the Ramon Preciado trainee’s second straight win and 13th from 37 career starts.
  • Gate issues continued to plague Parx yesterday.  In the first race contested on the day, Air Alaska was declared a non-starter after she broke open the gate prematurely, breaking in a tangle and causing her rider to lose his irons.  In the next race, according to the chart, a “very long gate load caused a five minute delay.”  Then Damona was moving, with her head cocked to the left, when the gates opened, compromising her start, though no action was taken.
  • Three Parx jockeys — Emmanuel Esquivel, Jose Ferrer, and Hector Caballero — and three trainers — Patricia Farro, Ramon Preciado, and Jorge Navarro — won two races each.
  • Five horses were claimed at Parx during the day, bringing the four-day total to 24 claims.