August 9 racing highlights: Old Harbor wins Delaware thriller

by | Aug 9, 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: Old Harbor wins Delaware thriller

When they hit the wire in Delaware Park’s featured eighth race Monday, eight of the nine runners were within three lengths of each other.

And the fastest of all was Old Harbor, who pressed the early pace, seized the lead late, and held on to win by a neck in 1:40.19 for a mile 70 yards over firm turf.  Inside Out, one-half of the favored entry, was second, and it was another neck back to Bobbi Grace in third.

For Old Harbor, a winner of two New York-bred stakes in his career, it was his sixth career win from 21 starts and pushed his earnings to nearly $435,000. It was also one of three wins on the day for jockey Daniel Centeno, who has 14 wins at the track and is scoring at a 30 percent clip.

Old Harbor, trained at Monmouth Park by Russell Cash, paid $10.20 to win as the second choice and topped a $2 exacta worth $27.40.

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BY THE NUMBERS

HANDLE

  • Delaware Park: $1,174,853
  • Parx Racing: $1,700,619

CLAIMS

  • Delaware Park: 3
  • Parx Racing: 4

MULTIPLE WINNERS

  • Jockey Daniel Centeno , 3 wins each at Delaware
  • Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Ricardo Chiappe, 2 wins at Delaware

LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S ACTION

  • Tracks in action today: Parx Racing
  • Mister Nofty (5-2) gets the nod as morning line favorite in Parx Racing’s 10th, a $44,000 Pennsylvania-bred allowance on the turf going 1 mile 70 yards.  The Scat Daddy colt, bred and owned by HnR Nothhaft Horse Racing, is winless in two prior turf tries, most recently running fourth in the Crowd Pleaser Stakes over the strip for trainer Keith Nations.  Victor Carrasco will ride.  But he may have his hands full with I’ll Call (9-2), an $80,000 claim three races back by owner Matthew Schera and trainer Carlos Martin; the Smart Strike gelding has solid speed figs but has just a single win from 15 turf tries — despite having eight other in-the-money finishes.  Ruben Silvera is in the irons.
  • Eight distaff maidens will contest the third race, a $50,000 maiden special weight at Parx going five furlongs on the turf.  Nimble Foot (8-5), trained by Alan Goldberg, is a strong favorite in the morning line despite a career mark of 11-0-1-4.  Paco Lopez will ride.  Don’t Ask Me Why (5-2), who sports a similarly uninspiring record of 9-0-3-0, is the second choice.  The Pennsylvania-bred, trained by Guadalupe Guerrero, will have Hector Caballero up.