September 21 racing highlights: Pair of juveniles break maidens

by | Sep 21, 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: Pair of juveniles break maidens

The most interesting races on yesterday’s Parx Racing card were a pair of maiden special weights for juveniles going six furlongs on the main track.

In race five, freshman fillies squared off in a race in which four of the 10 had finished second or third in their debuts.  Perhaps predictably, three of those four filled the top spots in the final order of finish.  Morning line favorite Perfect Prediction, who actually went off as the 3.10-1 third choice, held off a game Afleet Tizzy to win by a neck in 1:10.86 over a drying out track rated wet fast.

Gabriel Saez rode the Larry Jones-trained daughter of Majesticperfection, who led at every call, with the runner-up her nearest pursuer at each spot.  Favored Risque’s Diamond was five lengths farther back in third.

In the ninth, for two-year-olds, 7.90-1 Chill Factor made his debut a winning one by hanging on over the late close of Bellows by a neck in 1:11.60 over a track rated fast.

In contrast to the earlier maiden for fillies, in which several runners had placed in their debuts, only one runner in this event, favored Popizar, had made much impact in his first try.  However, after breaking sharply, Popizar retreated to the rear of the field en route to a dismal last-place finish.

Chill Factor, by Cowboy Cal, and rider Anthony Salgado forced the early pace, took over, and hung on over the runner-up. Curtis was a half-length farther back in third.  Trained by Michael Pino, Chill Factor was a $70,000 auction purchase as a two-year-old.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Handle

  • Parx Racing: $1,327,365

TODAY’S ACTION

  • Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Charles Town
  • Delaware Park’s featured event this afternoon is a $38,000 allowance going one mile on the turf.  Jamie Ness trainee Blake’s Magic (5-2) is favored and sports a record of six wins from 17 starts. She enters off a win on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs and will have Trevor McCarthy in the irons.  Her top rivals here include a pair of stakes winners:  Ancient Goddess (3-1), making her second start of ’16 for trainer John Terranova, won the Star Shoot Stakes last year at Woodbine and will have Daniel Centeno up; and Debbie’s Tude (8-1) won the All Brandy Stakes at Pimlico earlier this year and will have Luis Garcia in the irons.
  • Charles Town’s Wednesday card kicks off with a $23,000 maiden special weight for state-bred two-year-old fillies going 6 1/2 furlongs.  The James W. Casey entry of Twisted Castle — second last out against similar — and Natures Donation — also second against similar in her last — is the 8-5 morning line choice.  Antonio Lopez will ride the former, and Jose Montano is up on the latter.  Jeff Runco’s Severn Tide (9-5), who was fourth on debut, is the second choice and will have Arnaldo Bocachica in the irons.