September 15 racing highlights: Royal Jewely scores in Winter Melody

by | Sep 15, 2016 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

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From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Royal Jewely scores in Winter Melody


Speed kills, they say, and yesterday at Delaware Park, it was certainly deadly.  Four of five two-turn races on the main track went to horses that led at every call.

And one of those victories went to Royal Jewely in the $50,000 Winter Melody Stakes.

Royal Jewely, a four-year-old daughter of City Place ridden by Erick Rodriguez, broke alertly, grabbed the lead along the rail, and never looked back.  She carved out a half-mile in 48.04 seconds and three-quarters in 1:12.29, leading by two lengths at each call, before widening to a 5 3/4 length victory in 1:45.65 for 1 1/16 miles.

It was the first stakes win in Royal Jewely’s career; in her prior Delaware Park race, she’d finished fifth in an absolutely stacked renewal of the $100,000 Obeah Handicap in June.  The Gerald Bennett trainee, owned by Michael Reynolds and Anthony Piarulli, now has won eight of 20 career starts and earned $166,530.

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  • Delaware Park: $1,374474
  • Charles Town: $741,969


  • Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Penn National, Charles Town
  • Delaware Park’s Thursday feature is a pretty rare bird this time of year: a $36,000 allowance race for two-year-old winners.  Is Everybody Happy (2-1) won easily over the strip at first asking — as the 2-5 post time favorite — and is favored here. But the Tom Proctor trainee hasn’t raced since May 25, though he is showing eight works since the beginning of August.  La Key (3-1), second against similar last out and a decent fourth in the track’s White Clay Creek Stakes, also figures to take wagering action.  Brian Pedroza will ride the Baltazar Galvan trainee.
  • Two-year-old West Virginia-bred maidens will kick off the evening’s Charles Town card.  Ronney Brown trainee Limehouser (2-1), who ran third as the 9-5 favorite in his debut, is the morning line favorite here and will have leading rider Jose Montano up.  Jeff Runco debut runner John Barleycorn (7-2), a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Ullapool, is the second favorite here and will have Arnaldo Bocachica up; Bocachica and Runco have scored at a 34 percent clip in the last 60 days.