August 18 racing highlights: Southern Girl delivers at Delaware

by | Aug 18, 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: Southern Girl wins Delaware feature

Southern Girl has a long — and we mean long — way to go before anyone mentions her in the same sentence as her half-brother, Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Mucho Macho Man.

But she’s doing her best to get there, and her best turns out to be pretty good. Yesterday at Delaware Park, the three-year-old daughter of Tapit was slowest out of the gate but fastest to the wire en route to winning the third race of her career.  After breaking a beat slowly under jockey Carol Cedeno, Southern Girl moved up between horses, came four wide rounding the turn, cleared to the lead while in hand, and went on to win by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:10.19 for six furlongs.

Southern Girl, trained by Larry Jones for Fox Hill Farms, who paid $775,000 for her, has three wins and a third from four starts with earnings of $72,940 — not bad, though still just a down payment on her purchase price.

Elsewhere…

Claudio Gonzalez runners filled out the exacta in a $29,500 allowance test at Penn National last night.  Big House and Kevin Gomez won by a length over Retire Fifty Five and J. D. Acosta.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Handle

  • Delaware Park: $1,719,331
  • Penn National: $613,587

 

LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S ACTION

  • Tracks in action today: Delaware Park, Penn National, Charles Town.
  • All Brandy Stakes winner Debbie’s Tude (5-1) returns to action today at Delaware Park in a $38,000 allowance test going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.  Debbie’s Tude, trained by Bill Komlo, won twice during the Pimlico meet, including the All Brandy, before finishing seventh against allowance foes last out at Laurel Park.  She owns two wins over the strip and will have Luis Garcia up.  Michael Matz trainee Arraign (7-2) is the lukewarm favorite and will have Alex Cintron in the irons.
  • Luckyallmylife (6-5), never worse than second in seven career starts, makes her first visit to Charles Town this evening to contest a $27,000 allowance going 6 1/2 furlongs.  The three-year-old Lookin at Lucky filly owns three wins at her home base of Thistledown.  She’ll have to contend with John McKee trainee Lake Ponchatrain (8-5, part of entry), who’s won six of 14 career starts.