Mid-Atlantic Three Stars: November 10
Mike Trombetta won his 2,000th race at Laurel Park last Thursday.
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: MIKE TROMBETTA. One of the training veterans of the mid-Atlantic circuit, Trombetta achieved a major career milestone on Thursday with his 2,000th victory. He entered two horses in the eighth race, a n/w1x allowance optional claiming race at 1 1/16 miles on dirt: Mr. Jefferson and Bold Leader. Mr. Jefferson came from last to win by 1 1/2 lengths, while Bold Leader completed the exacta. Mr. Jefferson is owned by Larry Johnson and ridden by Mychel Sanchez. Trombetta won his first race in 1989, and has since won numerous graded stakes races with career earnings of more than $65 million.
- SECOND STAR: BUSTOFF. Saturday’s feature was a competitive n/w2x allowance optional claiming race between Bustoff and Galerio. Galerio was the 4-5 favorite, while Bustoff, coming off a win in a starter optional claiming race, was the 5-2 second choice. Bustoff rated off longshot leader Lord Winsalot, and made a move when that leader tired. In the stretch, Bustoff took command and held off Galerio late to win by 1 1/4 lengths. The final time for 1 1/16 miles was 1:43.52 over a fast track. The winning gelding, a 6-year-old Maryland-bred, is owned by Sola Dei Gloria Stable, trained by Hugh McMahon, and was ridden by Charlie Marquez.
- THIRD STAR: KISS THE GIRL. The Sunday feature was a n/w2x allowance optional claiming contest for fillies and mares, featuring a field of seven at 1 1/8 miles on dirt. Kiss the Girl won her third race of the year, scoring as the 6-5 favorite by 4 3/4 lengths. She stalked the early leader, Foggy Dreams, then made her move three-wide on the turn and powered away to an impressive score. She went the distance in 1:51.72 over a fast track. Trombetta picked up his 2,002nd winner in this race, for owner Three Diamonds Farm with jockey Feargal Lynch.
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- FIRST STAR: MUAD’DIB. Late Night Pow Wow’s little brother continues to carve out his own legacy. He improved to 9-for-9 lifetime on Saturday night with a victory in the A Huevo Stakes. He rated off the pace and took control in the stretch for a 1 3/4-length victory. He’s won three stakes races this year, having previously won the Frank Gall Memorial Stakes and the West Virginia Breeders’ Classic. Arnaldo Bocachica had the winning mount, for owner David Raim and trainer Jeff Runco.
- SECOND STAR: OUR DIAMOND GIRL. Another West Virginia-bred shone brightly on Wednesday, as Our Diamond Girl won her seventh race of the year. She was last turning for home in a 4 1/2-furlong allowance optional claiming dash, but surged six-wide down the lane and got up to win by 1 3/4 lengths. All seven of her wins this year have come at Charles Town, and she missed the board in both her starts away from this oval. She’s owned by Grams Racing Stable LLC, trained by Tim Grams, and ridden by Fredy Peltroche.
- THIRD STAR: ARNALDO BOCACHICA. Bocachica had yet another big week. In addition to his win aboard Muad’dib on Saturday, he won four races on Thursday night. Two of them came with Jeff Runco trainees, as he won race 1 on River Rewards RVF and race 7 with Ishihara. In between, he took race 2 on Jessica, trained by Anthony Farrior, and the 4th race aboard Susan Cooney trainee Mosby’s Ranger.
- FIRST STAR: HOPEFUL TREASURE. Admiral Abe, who has enjoyed plenty of success at Parx this year, was the favorite in last Tuesday’s feature, an open allowance at six furlongs. After showing brief speed, he backed up and was well-beaten, setting the race up for a surprise. Hopeful Treasure obliged at 9-1, getting by Final Shot in the last eighth for a one-length victory. This Michael Catalano-trained ridgling has now won twice on the year from five starts. He’s owned by Just in Time Racing LLC and trained by Mychel Sanchez.
- SECOND STAR: JAMIE NESS. Parx’s leading trainer had a perfect day last Wednesday, with three winners from three starters. He teamed up with Ruben Silvera twice, winning race 7 with Miss Dillingham and race 10 with Dilly Dilly Philly. Frankie Pennington guided American Unity home in race 6.
- THIRD STAR: DEXTER HADDOCK. Haddock started his November on a strong note, with a three-win day last Monday. He rode Brazen to an 11-1 upset win in race 5, for trainer Ralph Riviezzo. He then took race 8 on another 11-1 shot, Piggybank, for trainer Miguel Penaloza. In race 9, he capped off the hat trick with another upset winner, 21-1 Successful Cure, trained by Ernesto Padilla-Preciado.
LATEST RACING NEWS
Your five-minute read to catch up on all the Mid-Atlantic racing action you may have missed over the weekend…
Jockey Mychel Sanchez got his 1,000th riding win in Saturday’s Rosenberger Memorial Stakes, and trainer Gary Capuano won both Delaware Park stakes.
The seemingly ageless Cordmaker earned the first graded stake win of his career when he surged to victory in Saturday’s G3 General George at Laurel park.
With the Selima Stakes taken off the turf, Born Dapper didn’t miss a beat, cruising to a 3-length win for her first in stakes company.
Veteran Whereshetoldmetogo scored in Friday’s New Castle Stakes, while Philadelphia Belle upset the Tax Free Shopping Distaff at Delaware Park.
Trainer Jonathan Thomas is scheduled to send out a pair in Saturday’s Selima Stakes at Laurel Park, including morning line favorite Delight.