YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Trouble Kid romps
For the most part, 2016 hasn’t been the year that Trouble Kid’s owner, Barbara Hopkins, envisioned.
The horse who finished first or second in four different stakes as a three-year-old has finished fifth or sixth in three stakes contests this season, and his only wins have come in allowance or starter allowance company. After starting his career in the Ramon Preciado barn, he’d been transferred to Danny Gargan’s care while Preciado fights the various rulings against him.
Now back in Preciado’s barn, Trouble Kid gave notice yesterday that he may also be back to his good form. Against a salty crew in an open, $60,000 allowance contest, Trouble Kid obliterated the field by 11 1/2 lengths in a front-running score. Trouble Kid, with Dyn Panell up, led narrowly through a quarter in 22.12 seconds, pushed his lead up to two lengths after a half in 44.55, and ran away from the field in the lane. Running time for the six furlongs was a sharp 1:08.63.
Trouble Kid paid $13 to win and topped a $75.20 exacta with Roxbury N Overton in second. Great Stuff was third, and favored Chief Lion finished fourth.[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” divider_color=”#0b0c0c” size=”1″]
BY THE NUMBERS: Handle
- Parx Racing: $2,351,405
- Tracks in action: Charles Town, Penn National
- Charles Town’s linemaker looks at tonight’s eighth race — a $24,000 allowance for West Virginia-breds that have never won two races — as a two-horse affair. Javier Contreras trainee Limited Edition (9-5) gets the nod as favorite, despite having finished 11th in a grassy allowance at Laurel Park last out. Limited Edition has a win and three seconds from seven starts and will have Jose Montano up. Leading trainer Jeff Runco will send out her main rival in Mexicali Sun (2-1), who was second against local allowance foes last out and has finished in the triple in four straight races. Arnaldo Bocachica will ride.
- Comeeya (2-1), a Rick Violette trainee, is favored in Penn National’s third race, a $28,500 maiden special weight going six furlongs on the main track. The E Dubai filly was second against similar last out and will have Dana Whitney in the irons. Her main rivals include A K’s Candy (5-2), second or third in three of four starts, and debut runner Elatha (8-1), a Malibu Moon filly with a long string of works in preparation for this race.