September 27 racing highlights: Nauset Beach posts upset

by | Sep 27, 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: Nauset Beach posts upset

 

The way the bettors saw it, Doctor Mounty was pretty much a sure thing yesterday in Delaware Park’s eighth race, a $38,000 allowance going one mile 70 yards on the main track.

The Shug McGaughey-trained son of Street Sense, who went off at 1-2, entered with two straight good efforts to his credit: crushing Laurel Park allowance rivals two back and then running second a neck in the $50,000 Delp Memorial over the strip.

But it was his rival Nauset Beach who got the money in the end.  The Terri Pompay trainee entered with a dubious record — just two wins from 24 starts — but off a good second behind Grade 3 winner Divining Rod in his prior start.  Yesterday, Nauset Beach pressed the early pace outside leader Percussion through a half-mile in 48.01 seconds, held a narrow lead after three quarters in 1:12.45, and gradually inched away to win by 1 1/4 lengths under jockey Daniel Centeno.

Warrior Call, a 26-1 longshot, rallied from seventh to edge Doctor Mounty for the place spot.  Running time was 1:42.94.

Nauset Beach, owned by Patricia Generazio, is a five-year-old son of Scat Daddy.  He now has three wins from 25 starts and earnings of $173,300.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Handle

  • Delaware Park: $1,215,735
  • Parx Racing: $1,623,835

TODAY’S ACTION

  • Tracks in action: Parx Racing.
  • Older fillies and mares will square off in a $52,000 allowance contest going one mile on the main track in race 5 at Parx today, and though just seven are entered, it’s a competitive group.  April Gaze (5-2) is favored, and trainer Eddie Plesa will leg win machine Paco Lopez up on this runner.  She enters with three straight defeats, but all were on the turf, and all were in stakes company.  On the main track, she has four wins and a second from five starts.  The field also includes Bodacious Babe (7-2), a Jane Cibelli trainee who was third last out in the Miss Woodford Stakes at Monmouth Park; and Mike Trombetta trainee A P Majetstic (10-1), who was put up to first via DQ in the Weber City Miss Stakes in April at Laurel but needs to recapture that form here.
  • In race 7, a $54,000 allowance going a mile on the main track, Grade 3 winner Divining Rod (5-2) looks for his second straight win.  The Arnaud Delacour trainee won the G3 Lexington last year and placed in four other graded events, including the Preakness.  He was off for over a year before returning with a win September 5 against allowance foes.  Daniel Centeno will ride.  Among his rivals here are 2015 Miracle Wood Stakes winner Savvy Street (5-1).  The Donald Barr trainee was off for 16 months following that stakes score and has been gradually moving forward since his return in June, finally earning a win last out.  Angel Cruz is up.