Mid-Atlantic Three Stars: November 3
Out of Sorts impresses at Laurel. Photo: Jim McCue/MJC
Plenty of racing action took place throughout the Mid-Atlantic this past week.
Here’s a look at the “three stars” of each track:
- FIRST STAR: THE RUSSELLS. The husband/wife riding/training team of Sheldon and Brittany Russell sent out two promising two-year-old fillies this week. On Thursday, first-timer Gherardini soundly won a one-mile maiden race by 5 1/2 lengths. The $150,000 purchase was one of two winners on the day to come from off the pace over the sloppy track. A few days later, second-time starter Out of Sorts easily won at six furlongs. She rated just off the pace in the early stages, then pounced on the leader, and drew off to beat a maiden field by 10 3/4 lengths.
- SECOND STARS: ANGEL CRUZ AND JOHAN ROSADO. Both these jockeys recorded a hat trick on Friday. Cruz won the first three races on the card. He took race 1 on Dixie Drawl, for trainer Dale Capuano, race 2 aboard Awesome Pal, trained by Kenneth Cox, and the third race on Lugamo. Rodolfo Sanchez-Solomon was the winning conditioner on that one. Not to be outdone, Rosado took the next two races on Larimar and Market Cap, both trained by Jeremiah O’Dwyer. Rosado and O’Dwyer teamed up for the third time in race 9, as Doubleoseven got the job done.
- THIRD STAR: LOST IN LIMBO. Saturday’s feature race was a very tough n/w2x allowance optional claiming race at 5 1/2 furlongs on the dirt. With a rail-skimming trip, Lost in Limbo surged in the stretch and drew off to a 2 1/2 length win. After spending the early part of his campaign in Florida and the midwest, he made his mid-Atlantic debut last out, with a fourth-place finish at this level at Pimlico. Victor Carrasco had the winning mount, for owner Willow Lane Stable and trainer Tom Proctor.
CHARLES TOWN RACES
- FIRST STAR: YOUTHINKTHATSFUNNY. John McKee had them surrounded in Saturday night’s feature. He saddled three of the six entrants. One of his arrows hit, as Youthinkthatsfunny won the seven-furlong affair by 2 1/4 lengths. You can read more about the big win here.
- SECOND STAR: RONNEY BROWN. One of Charles Town’s top trainers, Brown had a big Friday night, with three victories. He saddled six entrants, and won with his first three. He won race 2 with Basket Girl, with Fredy Peltroche up, the 4th race with Firebird and jockey Denis Araujo, and race 6 with Shameless Risk, with Luis Batista in the saddle. On the year, Brown has won 62 races from 370 starters, putting him in second place in the training race.
- THIRD STAR: DENIS ARAUJO. Speaking of Araujo, he was off to a great start at the Charles Town meet, vying for the leading in the standings through the first three months of the season. Unfortunately, a foot injury has kept him sidelined for the past several months. He finally returned to the saddle on Thursday night, finishing seventh in the first race on Reyana Reya Dreams. Firebird’s win on Friday was his first win since March 21.
- FIRST STAR: RUBEN SILVERA. He won eight races this past week, including hat tricks on back-to-back days. On Tuesday, he won race 2 on Genghis, for trainer Jamie Ness. He teamed up again with Ness in race 8, on Platinum Paynter, and completed the hat trick on longshot Whistling Birds in the ninth race, for trainer Louis Linder. Following that big performance, he won three more on Wednesday. All three of them came on horses trained by Jamie Ness: Congrats Answer in race 4, Even Thunder in the 6th race, and Bolita Boyz in race 11.
- SECOND STAR: MYCHEL SANCHEZ. Parx’s top jockey had a big day of his own on Monday, taking home four victories. He prevailed in the third race on Joseph Taylor-trained Slingin Sammy B, then went back-to-back on Moe Trouble in race 4, for trainer Kimberly Graci. The hat trick was completed on Lookin at Roses in race 6, for trainer Guadalupe Preciado. Sanchez wrapped up the grand slam in race 10, guiding Rory Huston trainee Powerfully Built to victory.
- THIRD STAR: WHISTLING BIRDS. One of Silvera’s wins on Tuesday came in the feature race, a n/w3x allowance at one mile on the dirt. Although he won twice at Parx earlier in the year, Whistling Birds was sent off at 24/1. Those who kept the faith were well-rewarded, as he battled in the stretch and won by a neck, after rating just off the pace. He’s owned by Bran Jam Stables and David Clark.
LATEST RACING NEWS
In the first Top Midlantic-bred Poll of 2020, it’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go, one of 7 Maryland-breds, who zooms to the head of the class.
Your five-minute read to catch up on all the Mid-Atlantic racing action you may have missed over the weekend…
The fatal injury last week of Charles Town sprinter Dr. Feelgood left trainer Crystal Pickett and jockey Darius Thorpe saddened, and reflective.
Over the weekend, trainer Flint Stites recorded the 2,000th victory of his career, while Hugh McMahon notched win number 1,000.
Half of the eight races on Laurel Park’s Sunday card are restricted to two-year-olds, including an allowance contest and a maiden special weight.
Laurel Park will host six stakes November 28, and those have drawn more than 150 nominations, including 29 to the Safely Kept and Whiteley Stakes.