Mid-Atlantic Three Stars: May 25
Eastern Bay, shown at Laurel Park a few years ago, won at Pimlico on Sunday. Photo: The Racing Biz
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: EASTERN BAY. Sunday’s featured event, a n/w3x allowance optional claiming race at six furlongs, went to Maryland-bred veteran Eastern Bay by 2 1/2 lengths. Angel Cruz was patient early on, rating him off a contested pace. As they turned for home, Eastern Bay moved four-wide and pulled clear in the last eighth. He covered the six furlongs over a fast track in 1:10.78, for owner Robert Bone and trainer Claudio Gonzalez. In his career, he’s now won eleven times from 34 starts, while earning more than $500,000.
- SECOND STAR: SAILINGINTOTHEWIND. One race prior, Sailingintothewind pulled off a front-running 15/1 upset in a n/w2x allowance optional claiming race at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Sheldon Russell put this gray 4-year-old filly on the lead right out of the gate, and she enjoyed a clear lead every step of the way. She crossed the line 1 1/2 lengths in front, making her 2021 debut a winning one. She’s owned by Respect the Valleys LLC and trained by Brittany Russell.
- THIRD STARS: VICTOR CARRASCO AND MIKE TROMBETTA. The jockey/trainer combo of Victor Carrasco and Mike Trombetta teamed up for three victories on Friday’s card. They got back-to-back wins in races 3 and 4, scoring first with Sheriff’s Kid, then with Self Awareness. In race 9, they completed the joint hat trick with Sky’s Not Falling. Carrasco has seven wins from 57 mounts on the meet, while Trombetta improved his total to four wins on the season.
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- FIRST STAR: AZZURRA. Thursday night’s feature, a n/w2x allowance optional claiming race for fillies and mares, went to Azzurra by 1 1/2 lengths in a mild upset. The 9/1 shot rated towards the back of the nine-horse field in the early stages of the 6 1/2 furlong contest, then moved three-wide after the leaders on the second turn. In the stretch, she wore down pace-setting My Lovely Girl and pulled clear in the last few yards. Denis Araujo had the mount for owner Jeanine Cumiskey and trainer Mark Shanley.
- SECOND STAR: GANDHI’S CASTLE. This 4-year-old filly won her third race in a row on Saturday night, as she won a West Virginia-bred allowance race by five lengths. She took control early in the 4 1/2-furlong affair, and didn’t look back, cruising under the wire as much the best, paying $2.20 to win. She’s owned by Robert Cole, trained by Kevin Patterson, and ridden by Gerald Almodovar.
- THIRD STAR: DENIS ARAUJO. Araujo had the best week of any jockey. He won five races last week, with the win by Azzurra the highest-profile of the group. Araujo is in second place in the standings, with 46 wins.
- FIRST STAR: ADMIRAL ABE. In last Tuesday’s feature, an open allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs, Admiral Abe won for the third time in his last four starts. He rated off the pace on the rail early on, then moved three-wide on the turn after early leader Word On a Wing. That one held in gamely, but in the last eighth, Admiral Abe wore him down for a one-length win, stopping the clock in 1:03.53. Silvestre Gonzalez had the winning mount, for owner Stefon Racing and trainer Robert Mosco.
- SECOND STAR: RUBEN SILVERA. Parx’s leading jockey had another fantastic week. He had hat tricks on back-to-back days, winning three races on Tuesday and three more on Wednesday. Four of those winners came on horses trained by Parx’s leading trainer, Jamie Ness. Entering this racing week, Silvera had a commanding lead in the standings, with 88 wins compared to the 54 of runner-up Frankie Pennington.
- THIRD STAR: STAR SIGN. Mosco won another big race on Tuesday, as Star Sign won a n/w1x allowance by 2 1/2 lengths. He rated right off a duel in the seven-furlong race, then recovered from a check and moved to the lead while wide as they turned for home. He pulled clear in the stretch, running the distance in 1:22.46 for his first win of the year. He’s owned by Jack Armstrong and trained by Jeremy Laprida.
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