Mid-Atlantic Three Stars: February 2
Alwaysmining, shown here winning the 2019 Private Terms Stakes, won at Laurel last Saturday. Photo: Dottie Miller
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: ALWAYSMINING. A stakes winner at Laurel Park at ages 2, 3, and 4, Alwaysmining won his first race as a 5-year-old last Saturday. He was sent off at 7/1 in a tough n/w3x allowance optional claiming race, seeking a rebound off a disappointing season debut two weeks ago. Early on, he stalked the pace in midpack, then moved wide in the stretch and began to roll. He won by three lengths going away, in his first win for new trainer Lands Trites. Sheldon Russell had the winning mount.
- SECOND STAR: DEEP RED. Going into Friday’s feature, a n/w2x allowance optional claiming race at six furlongs, Deep Red had a reputation. She kept coming close in these kinds of races, but couldn’t quite get the job done. However, she finally broke through Friday, winning by a head. As usual, she was last early on, and was still four lengths behind with an eighth to go. She kept coming down the stretch while wide, and surged to victory in the last few jumps. She’s owned by Stormy Stable LLC, trained by Damon Dilodovico, and ridden by Sheldon Russell.
- THIRD STAR: BOSS LOGIC. He bounced back last Saturday, taking a n/w1x allowance for 3-year-olds by two lengths. He got a great trip, stalking the pace behind early leaders Shackled Love and Nobody Knew, while sitting well clear of the others. On the turn, Boss Logic moved up to challenge and leaders, got by in the last eighth, and drew off for the win. Jorge Ruiz was in the saddle, for owners Bruce Yarwood and Renee Latour and trainer Dale Capuano.
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- FIRST STAR: COLLEGE KID. On Friday night, College Kid took the field to school, winning a 4 1/2-furlong allowance by two lengths. Darius Thorpe put her on the lead early on, and she never looked back, for her third win her last five races. She’s owned by Taylor Mountain Farm and trained by James Casey.
- SECOND STAR: ARNALDO BOCACHICA. Charles Town’s leading jockey pulled off back-to-back riding doubles this week. On Wednesday, he won a pair of races for trainer Jeff Runco. They teamed up in race 3 on Nautical Warrior, then took race 5 with first-timer Fiber Strong. On Wednesday, Bocachica won two for trainer Anthony Farrior. They crushed in race 3 on favored Rye Street, and followed it up with a fifth race triumph with Classy Escort. Bocachica leads the way through the first month of the meet, with 23 wins.
- THIRD STAR: FREDY PELTROCHE. Peltroche tied Bocachica in riding supremacy this past week, also winning five races. He won at least one race each racing day, pulling off a double on Friday night’s card. Peltroche has won fifteen races on the meet so far, good for third place in the standings.
- FIRST STAR: ANGEL CASTILLO. Castillo hit a grand slam on Monday’s card, riding four winners. He won the third race on Sizzling Roma, for trainer Mario Dominguez. He then took three races in a row, winning the sixth race on Your Pal, for Jaime Bravo-Estrada, race 7 on Seat of Honor, for Emmanuel Tzortzakis, and race 8 aboard Linda Rice trainee Salt Paige. Castillo’s 11 wins on the meet have him tied for second in the standings.
- SECOND STAR: ADMIRAL ABE. This 5-year-old gelding won Monday’s feature, an open allowance, in very impressive fashion. He broke on top in the five-furlong affair, and blew the doors off the field from there. He crushed the field by eight lengths, stopping the clock in a blazing 57.60 seconds. That’s the sixth win in this Pennsylvania-bred’s career, all but one of which have come at Parx. He’s owned by Stefcon Racing, trained by Robert Mosco, and ridden by Silvestre Gonzalez.
- THIRD STAR:UNBRIDLEDADVENTURE. On Tuesday afternoon, Unbridledadventure made it three wins in a row. This plucky veteran dominated a starter allowance field by 2 1/2 lengths, wearing down Dr. Ann in the stretch to complete a last-to-first rally. In her career, she’s won thirteen times from 52 races, with earnings of over $450,000. She’s owned by SAB NC Stables, trained by Michael Pino, and ridden by Angel Castillo.
LATEST RACING NEWS
Your five-minute read to catch up on all the Mid-Atlantic racing action you may have missed over the weekend…
Maryland-bred Knicks Go, the likely horse of the year, on Sunday had his final tuneup prior to Saturday’s G1 Pegasus World Cup.
Three-year-old Joe, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Championship, stretched out to two turns nicely to win an allowance at Laurel Park.
Hibiscus Punch, winner of the 2021 G3 Fritchie, had her final breeze Saturday morning in preparation for the Jan. 29 What a Summer at Laurel Park.
Air Token, winner of the 2021 Maryland Million Sprint, won an allowance contest Friday at Laurel Park for his first win since.
Wondrwherecraigis, idle since a win in the G3 Bold Ruler in October, may make his next start Jan. 29 in the Fire Plug at Laurel Park.