YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Andalusite rallies to allowance score
Live racing returned to Laurel Park on Friday afternoon and one of the secondary features on the grass provided onlookers with one of the best performances of the day. Saturday afternoon the focus will remain primarily on the Laurel grass as the track hosts six stakes races, five of them carded for the turf.
Just past the midway point of the Friday opening day card at Laurel, Andalusite (Daniel Cedeno) bided his time through the early stages while being reserved well off the pace, gained ground along the inside down the backside and through the far turn then angled out in the lane and wore down Dattt Meoldy for a half-length score in a one-mile and one-sixteenth allowance on the grass.
A four-year-old El Corredor gelding trained by Kelly Rubley for owner Frazza Cassimeris Racing, Andalusite notched his second straight victory and now owns a pair of wins and second-place finishes and earnings of nearly $60,000 from seven starts this year. Fresh off a win at Delaware Park, Andalusite posted a mild 9-2 upset on Friday and now owns a 4-4-2 slate and lifetime bankroll approaching $190,000 for 20 career outings.
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BY THE NUMBERS: HANDLE
- Laurel Park: $2,232,398
- Penn National: $918,566
- Charles Town: $1,186,963
- Tracks in action: Monmouth Park, Laurel Park, Delaware Park, Parx Racing, Charles Town, Penn National.
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- Laurel Park hosts a half-dozen stakes Saturday afternoon. For full-card selections, check out The GQ Approach.
- Delaware Park also has a half-dozen stakes, four restricted to Delaware-certified runners and two reserved for horses that have started at DelPark this season. Check out our ongoing coverage, including:
- Monmouth Park hosts the Grade 3 Violet Stakes today. For full-card handicapping from Monmouth, check out Shore Bets.
- Parx Racing hosts the $200,000 PTHA President’s Cup this afternoon, a 1 1/8 mile turf test for three-year-olds and up. War Dancer (6-5), trained by Bill Mott and the winner of the most recent (last?) Virginia Derby contested at Colonial Downs, is favored. He’ll have Junior Alvarado in the irons. His stiffest competition in a short, six-horse field looks to come from Mike Maker trainee Roman Approval (8-5), who has placed in four graded events this year and will have Joshu Navarro in the irons.