September 12 racing highlights: Irish Strait takes MTH feature

by | Sep 12, 2016 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

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From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Irish Strait wins Monmouth feature

Isabelle De Tomaso’s Irish Strait took over at the top of the straight and never looked back, cruising to an impressive 2 ¾ length score in the $41,000 allowance/optional claiming feature at Monmouth Park on Sunday afternoon.

With J. D. Acosta doing the piloting, Irish Strait went the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41.32 and paid $11, $4.60 and $4 in the field of seven colts and geldings. Post-time favorite Boss Man rallied to complete the $31.40 exacta and paid $3 and $3. It was nearly another length back to Padre Graz, who paid $8.40 to show.

A New Jersey-bred 4-year-old gelding by English Channel from the Polish Numbers mare Irish Sovereign, Irish Strait is conditioned by H. Graham Motion. The winner sports a lifetime record of 3-0-3 from 11 starts.

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  • Laurel Park: $2,025,785
  • Monmouth Park: $2,307,680
  • Parx Racing: $784,902


  • Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Parx Racing
  • Delaware Park’s Monday feature is a $34,000 maiden special weight test for two-year-olds going one mile and 70 yards, and a pair of second-time starters who debuted at Saratoga figure to capture most of the wagering action.  Perro Rojo (2-1), a Birdstone colt trained by Nick Zito, rallied into fourth at 15-1 odds in his career debut a month ago and shows a couple of works, including a bullet half-mile September 4, in preparation for this race.  Carol Cedeno will ride.  Michael Matz trainee Confederate (3-1), a $250,000 Union Rags colt, made his debut the very same day at Saratoga, running in the earlier — and much faster — of the two divisions.  He also finished fourth and today will have Alex Cintron up.
  • A rugged group of older runners will go postward in the Parx Racing feature today, a $54,000 allowance contest going five furlongs on the turf.  Eddie Broome trainee Posse Dreamin (5-2) is favored and came in third against similar three back, in his last try on the lawn and will have Frankie Pennington in the irons. But one of the rivals who bested him that day, Fast Flying Rumor (4-1), is back to try his luck again.  The Gerald Bennett trainee won the Turf Dash at Tampa Bay back in January and owns three wins in seven turf starts.  Erick Rodriguez will ride.  But if those don’t entice, there are other options, including Black Jet (8-1), recently fourth in the G3 Turf Monster; PA-bred Agonistic (6-1), who was third a neck in the Marshall Jenney Handicap over the strip; and Willard Thompson trainee Snowday (7-2, part of entry), who enters off a win at Monmouth Park.