Sir Winston runs, and you can Walk for the Horses: The week in social media

by | Jun 13, 2019 | Breaking, Business, Regionwide, Top Stories

Sir Winston

Sir Winston and Joel Rosario won the Belmont Stakes. Photo by Chelsea Durand/NYRA.

A record-breaking performance took place at Laurel Park, an event that will benefit retired thoroughbreds is approaching at Penn National Racecourse, and the 2019 Triple Crown season came to an end.

Here is what the racing world has been talking about this week on social media:

Penn National to host “Walk for the Horses” event

Penn National Racecourse will host a “Walk for the Horses” event on June 23 to raise money for the R.A.C.E. Fund and Manada Creek Pony Club. The walk will begin at 5 p.m. with participants walking one mile on the dirt track. Upon paying the $5 registration fee, participants will receive a free Walk for the Horses bracelet and will be entered in a drawing to win a statue of a horse and rider.

There will be live music at the Walk for the Horses event, along with food, drinks, and T-shirts available for purchase.

The R.A.C.E. Fund is a non-profit organization that benefits thoroughbreds who are looking for a new life beyond the racetrack. All proceeds made during the Walk for the Horses event will be donated to their cause.

Sir Winston takes Belmont as Triple Crown races go to three different runners

The 2019 Triple Crown season came to an end over the weekend, with the Belmont Stakes glory going to longshot winner, Sir Winston.

Sent to post at odds of 10-1, it was Sir Winston who had the last laugh when he upset the race by one decisive length. The chestnut son of Awesome Again, who had skipped the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, completed the 1 ½-mile “Test of the Champions” in a final time of 2:28.30, with 9-5 favorite Tacitus and 30-1 longshot Joevia completing the trifecta.

Owned by Tracey Farmer and ridden by Joel Rosario, Sir Winston claimed his greatest victory to date under the training care of Mark Casse, who had found himself in the winner’s circle of the Preakness Stakes three weeks earlier with War of Will. Also entered in the Belmont Stakes, War of Will could do no better than ninth on Saturday.

Sir Winston has a record of three wins from ten starts, and career earnings of $961,773.



A record at Laurel

A new track record was established over the weekend at Laurel Park, when Top Line Growth scorched over the dirt in blazing time.

On Saturday, Top Line Growth competed in a one-mile allowance race on the dirt that was sent off as Race 8. With jockey Julian Pimentel in the irons, Top Line Growth stalked the pace set by Triforgold throughout much of the race, and when Pimentel gave the command to go, the bay son of Tapizar really turned it on. With swift acceleration Top Line Growth overtook his competition and soared to victory with a comfortable advantage. The fleet-footed Maryland-bred stopped the clock in a record-breaking time of 1:34.07 over the fast track, returning $4.20 to his bettors.

Bred and owned by The Elkstone Group and trained by Kelly Rubley, Top Line Growth has a current record of two wins from three starts. To date, the three-year-old colt has banked earnings of $47,403.