September 28 racing highlights: Red Dragon Tattoo scores on debut

by | Sep 28, 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: Red Dragon Tattoo scores on debut

The fourteenth try was not the charm for British Bulldog this afternoon at Parx Racing.  For the sixth time in those 14 starts, the Successful Appeal gelding finished second, but he remains winless.

The day was quite charming, however, for debut runner Red Dragon Tattoo, who survived a long duel to post a 1 3/4 length victory in the $50,000 maiden event conducted at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Under jockey Jorge Vargas, Jr., Red Dragon Tattoo broke alertly and dueled for the lead outside of Fast Friar through a quarter-mile in 21.96 seconds and a half in 45.05.  He gradually pulled away from his rivals from there, finishing up in 1:17.52. British Bulldog rallied from last to be second, while Fast Friar held third.

Red Dragon Tattoo paid $37.80.

The three-year-old Bellamy Road colt, trained by Juan Carlos Guerrero, cost $37,000 at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales 2015 mixed sale.  He is a half-brother to eight other winners, though none of those has had particularly consequential careers.

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BY THE NUMBERS: Handle

  • Parx Racing: $1,735,140

TODAY’S ACTION

  • Tracks in action: Delaware Park, Meadowlands, Penn National, Charles Town
  • It hasn’t been a great season for Monster Sleeping (3-1). The defending Maryland Million Ladies champ, trained by Dale Capuano, won her first race of 2016, back in April, but hasn’t been better than third in four subsequent starts.  Her last chance to get on track prior to the Maryland Million is this afternoon in a $40,000 allowance test at Delaware Park scheduled for 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass (weather permitting).  Sheldon Russell will ride.  Her top rivals here include the Larry Jones-trained Divine Dawn (4-1), most recently third in the George Rosenberger Memorial Stakes at Delaware, and  Elusive Joni, the Gary Capuano trainee who has won three of nine career starts.
  • The brief, all-turf Monmouth-at-the-Meadowlands meet kicks off today at with first post — weather permitting — at 7:00 for the six-race card.  The card has attracted full fields — at least 10 slated for every event — of middling horses.  No race has a purse larger than $18,000 of the card, and all of them are claiming races.  However, what is exciting about the card is the experimental 15 percent across-the-board takeout, which should have horseplayers rejoicing.