TODAY’S ACTION: Trouble Kid favored in Delaware allowance
- Tracks in action: Monmouth Park, Timonium, Delaware Park, Penn National, Charles Town
Two races at Delaware Park bear watching.
In the sixth, a six-furlong allowance/optional $65,000 claiming race for two-year-old fillies, Elle Va (3-1), a juvenile daughter of Biondetti trained by Jamie Ness for the Acclaimed Racing Stable, arrives off a maiden special weight score at Parx in her career debut on August 7. Summer Sally (2-1), a daughter of Ghostzapper trained by Rudy Rodriguez, won at first asking against maiden special weight foes at Belmont Park before running sixth in the Grade III Schuylerville at Saratoga. Patriotic Endeavor (4-1) defeated maiden $40,000 claimers locally in her career debut for trainer Tim Ritchey.
Two races later on the card a field of eight older horses will clash in a six-furlong allowance/optional $50,000 claiming race in which none of the starters are in for the tag.
Trouble Kid (2-1), with Chuck Lopez up, should go postward as the favorite for trainer Danny Gargan, having won twice in six starts this year and owning a solid 5-5-1 slate and $470,000 bankroll from 16 career outings. Last fall he crossed the wire first in the $350,000 Frank DeFrancis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park only to be disqualified and placed second for impeding a rival. All five of his official career victories have come in just seven starts at Parx, and he was fourth in his lone prior outing at Delaware.
Among those to upend Trouble Kid in this spot is Big Guy Ian (3-1), who is winless in five starts this year and has not tallied since posting back-to-back scores at Laurel Park in March and April of 2015. Chief Istan (4-1), a four-year-old Istan colt trained by Larry Jones, won the first three starts of his career before running sixth in the Mr. Prospector Stakes at Gulfstream Park and the Hockessin Stakes. Hear The Chatter (10-1) has only won once in four starts this year and owns a 9-5-2 slate and $300,000 bankroll from 18 career tries, although much of his success has come against restricted West Virginia-bred company.
Friday afternoon marked the opening day of the Timonium meet during the Maryland State Fair and a pair of maiden special weight for two-year-olds at varying distance offered race goers a chance to see some potential future stars on the circuit.
In the fourth race, a one-turn maiden special weight event for the juvenile fillies at four furlongs, Wild Cheers (J.D. Acosta) lived up to his role as the 1-2 favorite when she gained command soon after the break and led throughout to score by just over a length in 46.61. The daughter of Wildcat Heir trained by Dennis Ward had been second in her career debut against maiden $40,000 claimers but yesterday afternoon she displayed ample speed and outlasted first-timer Called In Sick (Angel Cruz) to prevail at second asking.
Two races later on the card in a two-turn maiden special weight affair for two-year-old fillies, Sommer Something (Josean Ramirez) displayed ample speed and plenty of late grit to score as the 3-1 second choice in her second career start for trainer Kevin Boniface and owner-breeder Bonita Farm.
Away well when the gate opened, Sommer Something dueled outside of Mischievous Star (Jose Montano) passing the wire the first time and through the clubhouse turn, finally shook free of that one entering the far turn where she was quickly joined by Spicy Girl Red (Scott Spieth) and Search For Truth (Angel Cruz), battled with that pair through the lane and prevailed inside for a determined neck score by getting the about distance of 6 1/2-furlongs in 1:18.97. The daughter of Etched out of the Rakeen mare Bay Of Bengal had been sixth in her career debut at Delaware Park.
BY THE NUMBERS: HANDLE
- Charles Town: $690,381
- Monmouth Park: $3,034,990
- Penn National: $777,184
- Timonium: $464,202