YESTERDAY’S NEWS: Miss Simon scores in big upset
The Charles Town linemaker saw the seventh race last night as a two-horse affair. And when one of those horses, Mexicali Sun, scratched out, that left favored Limited Edition with the field at her mercy.
Except that no one told the rest of the horses.
Joe Stehr trainee Miss Simon posted the second win of her career, stalking the early pace under jockey Grant Whitacre, taking command near the quarter pole, and going on to a 2 1/2 length win in the $24,000 allowance contest for West Virginia-breds. Running time for the seven furlongs was 1:27.54.
The favorite, Limited Edition, went off at odds of 1-5 for trainer Javier Contreras but could do no better than rally into third, six lengths behind the winner.
Miss Simon now has two wins from 11 career starts and earnings of $39,305. She returned $22.80 to win and was one of six horses among the eight who faced the starter to go off in double-digit odds. The exacta, with 20-1 Jefferson Bop in second, paid $409.80.[su_divider top=”no” style=”double” divider_color=”#0b0c0c” size=”1″]
BY THE NUMBERS: Handle
- Charles Town: $839,221
- Penn National: $802,895
- Tracks in action: Charles Town, Penn National
- Fallow (5-1) won nicely at first asking for trainer George Albright. Now the water gets deeper, as the four-year-old Bernardini filly, with William Otero up, tries winners for the first time, in a $29,500 allowance at Penn National. The favorite is Nyx Warrior (5-2), a Cody Beattie trainee who broke her maiden over the strip by 16 lengths last September, did not win in her next four tries, and hasn’t raced since December. Other contenders include Jessica Krupnick (3-1), for trainer Tres Abbott.
- Limehouser (2-1), the second favorite in the third tonight at Charles Town, a $23,000 maiden special weight for two-year-olds, has one of the more remarkable records you’ll see. The Ronney Brown-trained Limehouse gelding is winless in four tries — and has been the favorite in all four. He’s been second in each of his last three and will have regular pilot Jose Montano up. The David Rose-trained entry of True Magic and Haydenslittlemeany is the 9-5 favorite. A debut runner worth a look here is Start Your Engine (8-1) for trainer David Walters, who scores with a remarkable 39 percent of his first starters.