YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Northern Smile rallies to win
This is shaping up to be a productive campaign for Northern Smile.
The five-year-old Outflanker mare scored a 2 1/4 length victory yesterday at Delaware Park in a $38,000 allowance contest for her second straight victory and now sports a 4-2-0-2 ledger in 2016.
With Edgar Prado in the irons, the Maryland-bred, trained by Kelly Rubley, rallied from seventh place to win going away with another closer, Regal Roma, in second. Arraign finished third, and early leader Debbie’s Tude held fourth. Running time for 1 1/16 miles on firm turf was 1:43.72, and Northern Smile paid $8.00 to win.
Bred by Bonita Farm, Northern Smile is out of the stakes-placed Ops Smile mare A Queen’s Smile. Overall, she has a record of 16-4-3-2 with earnings of $140,074 and one stakes placing, when third, behind Debbie’s Tude, in the All Brandy Stakes earlier this year at Pimlico.
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BY THE NUMBERS
- Delaware Park: $1,094,168
- Penn National: $841,534
- Charles Town: $977,438
LOOK AHEAD: TODAY’S ACTION
- Tracks in action today: Laurel Park, Monmouth Park, Penn National, Charles Town.
- Big field are the story of the day at Laurel Park. Five races are oversubscribed and two others have nine or 10 slated to face the starter. This weekend is the final one in the track’s summer stand, with racing moving to the state fairgrounds in Timonium for a brief meeting which concludes Labor Day.
- Trainers Jason Servis and Todd Pletcher have sure enjoyed this year’s Monmouth Park meet; the former is winning at a 39 percent clip, the latter, 34 percent. Both have horses in today’s fourth race, a $36,000 maiden special weight going one mile 70 yards on the main track. Pletcher’s Howell Mountain (5-2) is a Bernardini colt whose best result in three tries was a fourth at Belmont Park; Servis’ Jaw Dropper (3-1) likewise has not been better than fourth in two tries. Christophe Clement trainee Arbitrator (7-5), second three times in eight starts, is favored.
- Desi Dublin (2-1) goes for her third straight win this evening in Penn National’s fifth race, a one-mile allowance contest. The Dublin filly, trained by Fran Campitelli, broke her maiden two back at Pimlico before winning a Pennsylvania-bred allowance at Penn National last out. Jeremy Rose will ride… Majestic Lyric (7-5) won at first asking but was DQed; the juvenile Majestic Warrior filly will try it again tonight and is favored to get the money in Charles Town’s first, a maiden special weight race. Jerry Villegas will ride for Raimondo Schiano-Dicola.