September 20 racing highlights: Big day for McCarthy

by | Sep 20, 2016 | Breaking, Racing, Regionwide

In the Fairway won the Frank Gall Memorial Stakes at Charles Town on Saturday. Photo by Coady Photography.

From Staff Reports

YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Big day for McCarthy


Jockey Trevor McCarthy’s Laurel Park home base may have been dark on Monday, but that didn’t prevent the young rider from enjoying a banner day.

McCarthy, riding at Delaware Park, won four times on the afternoon.  Remarkably, the four wins came for four different trainers.

He took home the day’s biggest purse, winning the featured $36,000 allowance aboard Futile for trainer Arnaud Delacour.  Futile won by two lengths as the 3-5 favorite and now has two wins from three career starts.

The win was one of three straight for McCarthy to close the card.  He also took the seventh aboard 3-5 favorite Night Madam, trained by Gary Contessa, and the ninth, piloting Mr. Awesome Act to an easy maiden-breaker for trainer Kathleen O’Connell.

McCarthy’s first win of the day came for trainer Jamie Ness in the third race aboard Pom Pom Pistol — also odds-on at 9-10.  McCarthy has 188 wins in 2016 through Monday from 978 starts, with purse earnings over $6 million.

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  • Delaware Park: $991,817
  • Parx Racing: $1,259,507


  • Tracks in action: Parx Racing
  • A pair of $50,000 maiden special weight tests for juveniles going six furlongs highlight Parx Racing’s Tuesday card.  In race nine, trainer Butch Reid sends out the favored entry of El Dulzura and Ben of the Bridge (3-1).  The former, with Edwin Rivera up, is a Twirling Candy colt making his debut; the latter has finished third, fourth, and seventh in three prior tries, the last two on the turf at Saratoga, and will have Angel Arroyo in the irons.  The only runner in the group to make much of an impact in a prior start is Popizar (6-1), who ran second on debut last month against Maryland-bred maidens. The winner that day, O Dionysus, validated his victory with a good second against allowance foes after a wide journey in his next start.  J. D. Acosta will ride.
  • Four races prior, juvenile fillies tangle, and no fewer than four are making their second career starts after running second or third on debut.  Larry Jones trainee Perfect Prediction (3-1) is favored and will have Gabriel Saez up; she ran third at Monmouth in her first start.  Others who made a solid debut include Risque’s Diamond (4-1)Afleet Tizzy (5-1), and Kelly and Kiley (15-1), whose runner-up effort came against Pennsylvania-breds.