TWO-YEAR-OLD WINNERS FEATURED AT DELAWARE PARK
There aren’t a ton of two-year-old winners yet on the East Coast, but seven of them are scheduled to convene Wednesday afternoon at Delaware Park in an allowance-optional claiming contest that’s drawn some of the more intriguing regional babies.
The five-furlong dirt race for two-year-olds is race six, and post time is estimated to be 3:45 p.m. Three of the seven entrants are fillies, while the rest are colts or geldings.
- The (almost) fabulous fillies of the PreaknessBefore Rachel Alexandra and Swiss Skydiver won the Preakness, these four fillies made a major impact on the Middle Jewel without winning it.
The morning line favorite is Stand Up Comic. The Butch Reid-trained daughter of Practical Joke was well fancied in her debut at Parx Racing, sent off at 9-10 odds. And she ran like it, winning by two lengths under jockey Frankie Pennington.
Charlie Marquez will ride today, and Stand Up Comic is 2-1 on the morning line.
Bandits Warrior was one of the first – and one of the most impressive – two-year-old winners in Maryland this year. The Jerry Robb trainee won by 2 ½ lengths in her May 23 debut. A half-sister to multiple stakes winner Anna’s Bandit, who’s earned over $800,000, Bandits Warrior will have Robb’s go-to rider, Xavier Perez, in the irons.
Other runners who graduated in Maryland in this contest include R B’s Star (8-1), who dropped into the $40,000 maiden claiming level for her initial victory, and the Jamie Ness-trained Mr. Mox, who won at first asking by a neck.
Also here is A Dangerous Guy (4-1). The Scott Lake trainee won impressively at second asking, scoring by over six lengths over the strip. Carol Cedeno will have the mount once again.
Kabod (10-1) and Always Drinking (8-1), both of whom graduated in maiden claiming company at Delaware Park, round out the field.