August 4 racing highlights: Centeno, McCarthy win 3 each

by | Aug 4, 2016 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

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

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Centeno, McCarthy win 3 each

Wednesday was a good day at Delaware Park for jockeys Daniel Centeno and Trevor McCarthy.  Each won three races on the afternoon card, Centeno starting fast and McCarthy finishing strongly.

Centeno logged the early double.  In the first, a claiming race, he guided Stately Defence to a front-running, eight length score for trainer John Rigattieri at odds of 2.10-1.  He reprised that feat in the second, a starter allowance, registering a much closer gate-to-wire score on Showmeister, the 1.10-1 favorite, for trainer Paul McClelland.  And he finished up his exertions in the seventh aboard Zouzou, whom he rode to a two-length win in a turf claiming race at odds of 6.70-1.  The win was one of two on the day for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.

By that time, McCarthy was also in full swing.  The rider and trainer Andrew Simoff teamed up to take a claiming event in race three with Celtic Moon, the 9-10 favorite.  Then McCarthy joined with O’Connell in race five, a maiden claiming contest, to win with Phil’sfirstfactum, who rallied from seventh to win at 2.20-1.  And finally, in the White Clay Creek Stakes, McCarthy and 30.80-1 outsider Clairvoyant Lady, trained by Cal Lynch, rallied late to get up over 3-10 favorite You Know Too.

McCarthy currently is fourth by wins (24) and earnings ($566,520) at the Stanton, DE track, while Centeno, with 11 wins and $372,082 in earnings, ranks ninth in both categories.

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  • Delaware Park: $1,740,797
  • Penn National: $709,201


  • Delaware Park: 1
  • Penn National: 2


  • Jockeys Daniel Centeno and Trevor McCarthy, 3 wins each at Delaware
  • Jockey Carol Cedeno, 2 wins at Delaware
  • Trainers Kathleen O’Connell and Randy Nunley, 2 wins each at Delaware
  • Jockeys Pedro Guzman and Edwin Gonzalez, 2 wins each at Penn National



  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National, Charles Town
  • Two-year-olds take center stage at Delaware Park today, topped by the $50,000 Strike Your Colors Stakes going 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.  Howboutthemcowboys (2-1) gets the nod as morning line favorite off an easy win against maidens over the strip last out, which was the third start of his career.  But perhaps the most interesting runner here is the filly Southernperfection (3-1); trainer Tony Dutrow opted to skip yesterday’s White Clay Creek for juvenile fillies for this spot, a decision about which he may be less sanguine today, following yesterday’s 30-1 upset by Clairvoyant Lady.  Alex Cintron will ride.
  • Speaking of Southernperfection, one of her beaten rivals last out, Dixie Dancer (2-1), is the favorite in the day’s fifth at Delaware Park, a six-furlong maiden event on the main track.  Dixie Dancer finished third that day, and a win here could flatter her rival two races later.  Sneaky Betty (3-1), fourth on debut at Monmouth Park, gets Lasix for the first time and Trevor McCarthy in the irons for trainer Tom Proctor.
  • David Walters trainee All About Attitude (2-1) has won both of her starts beyond 4 1/2 furlongs — her lone loss coming at that very short sprint distance — and is favored to make that a hat trick in tonight’s seventh from Charles Town, a $24,500 state-bred allowance for fillies and mares going 6 1/2 furlongs.  J. D. Acosta will ride.  James Casey trainee Groom Scholarship (5-2), off an easy win against lesser, is the second choice in the morning line and will have Antonio Lopez up.
  • Taller Sister (6-1) just missed a decades-old Penn National course record in her last start, blazing 1 mile 70 yards in 1:37.21 — just off the record of 1:37.20.  Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, she moves up a level this evening in a $30,400 allowance contest.  The daughter of Red Giant has won three of 16 career stars and will have regular rider Andrew Wolfsont up.  Elysian (7-2), winner of two straight, is favored for trainer Graham Motion.