YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Sound Off posts loud victory
Although it may not have come in the feature race on the Wednesday card at Delaware Park, perhaps the most memorable performance of the day was delivered by a juvenile first-time starter at the midway point of the program in a six-furlong affair for maiden $40,000 claimers on the main track.
Heading into the race Sound Off (Carol Cedeno) did not receive a lot of hype and he went postward as the 9-2 third choice in the field of eight freshman colts for trainer Arnaud Delacour and owner-breeders Lael Stables [Mr. & Mrs. Roy Jackson] of Barbaro fame. When the gate opened in that one-turn dash on the main track, Sound Off was away a step slow and trailed briefly as Strawberry Red, Pahall Revear and Trappe Valley exchanged bids for command down the backside and through the far turn.
But after spotting his foes a length or two at the break, Sound Off found his best stride when angled well off the rail on the far turn and he closed willingly down the center of the track to sweep past his foes for a four-length score in 1:12.16, getting the last eighth in a solid 12 seconds flat. The son of Congrats out of the Bernstein mare, Stormy Kiss, prevailed at first asking but he was also claimed out of the race for $40,000 by trainer Jeff Talley for owner Maxis Stable. Four of his five workouts leading up to his debut had been at the Fair Hill Training Center in Elkton, Maryland, and the other had been at Delaware Park on August 8.
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- Delaware Park: $1,142,979
- Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Charles Town, Penn National.
- On Thursday afternoon at Delaware Park, Delacour may be in the same position when he sends out Street Play in a maiden $25/30,000 claiming marathon event at about one-mile and one-half on the turf for fillies and mares. A three-year-old daughter of Street Sense, Street Play rallied to finish third in her career debut against maiden special weight rivals at one mile on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs and now drops in for a tag while attempting the Belmont Stakes distance. Just to her outside is Talaria, a five-year-old Corinthian mare who will also be dropping out of maiden special weight company for the first time. This Tim Woolley trainee has made six starts at four different ovals, but will make her second straight appearance at Delaware Park on Thursday. Irish-bred Shar Shar and Canadian-bred Conquest Valkyrie will break from the two inside slots, but each of those fillies is making her seasonal and both will be asked to get the marathon distance right out of the box.
- That same evening at Penn National an interesting allowance event for Pennsylvania-breds at six furlongs on the main track will highlight the card as the sixth race on the program. Seferlis, a four-year-old Here’s Zealous gelding owned, bred and trained by Paula Sinnefia, and Blue Marauder, a three-old son of Stephen Got Even trained by Flint Stites, both exit the same $25,000 claiming event on August 24 where they ran second and third, respectively, behind Feelin Groovy. Downhill Dale, a seven-year-old Lite The Fuse gelding trained by Stephanie Beattie, owns only one win from 12 starts this year but has been second seven times during the campaign. Tipsy Moore won his career debut against PA-bred maiden special weight foes here on July 29 in 1:11.41 for trainer T. Bernard Haughton and faces winners for the first time on Thursday evening.