Scaramouche, Morning Matcha star in Parx stakes

Scaramouche showed ’em his heels in the Rittenhouse Square Stakes. Photo by Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO.

Three-year-olds took center stage at Parx Racing March 8. The track hosted four stakes for sophomores, two routes and two sprints.

The star of the show? Probably Rittenhouse Square Stakes winner Scaramouche, who showed his flashy maiden score was no fluke with an even more splashy triumph today. And Morning Matcha wasn’t bad either.

Here’s the scoop:


  • Morning Matcha (PA), ridden by F Pennington and trained by R E Reid, Jr. won the MAIN LINE

Favored Morning Matcha cruised up wide rounding the far turn up pulled away to win by nearly seven lengths in 1:44.63 for 1 mile 70 yards. The most experienced horse in the field, she earned her third win from nine starts and has never been worse than third. She’s earned more than $330,000.

Notable: Scratches – a persistent problem in the day’s stakes – left a field of just four… Trainer Butch Reid bookended the field, as his other runner in here, Skerrett, finished last after leading through the opening half-mile…

Longshot: Beach Daze, the longest shot on the board, rallied into second. A $10,000 claim last November, she entered with consecutive wins prior to this contest…

Betting: Morning Matcha, off at 1-9, paid $2.20 to win. The exacta returned $7.40 for a $2 wager.


  • Kisses for Emily (NY), ridden by D Davis and trained by L C Linder, Jr. won the SOCIETY HILL

Kisses for Emily picked a good spot to break her maiden, rallying from last to win by a length as the top two choices in the betting ran each other into defeat. Under jockey Dylan Davis, Kisses for Emily navigated the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:13.29 for her first win from six career starts.

Notable: Scratches whacked this race, too, slicing an 11-horse field down to just five… Kisses for Emily had finished second and third in two prior starts after being transferred to trainer Lou Linder, both against NY-bred maiden company…

Favorite: Disco Ebo, the 4-5 favorite, dueled with Starship Laoban early before succumbing to that rival and ultimately finishing third, four lengths behind Starship Laoban who was herself a length behind the winner…

Betting: Kisses for Emily returned $13.60 on a two-dollar win wager. The exacta paid $30.80 for two dollars.


  • Scaramouche (KY), ridden by S Gonzalez and trained by G Preciado won the RITTENHOUSE SQUARE

Scaramouche’s first start with Lasix was impressive. His second was even better.

The Munnings gelding built off his five-length maiden score with a sharp 5 ½-length triumph in this event. He traveled the six furlongs in 1:11.54, while leaving his rivals in the dust under Silvestre Gonzalez. Scaramouche stumbled at the start, quickly recovered to take the lead, turned back rivals at the quarter pole, and drew away smartly to win.

Notable: The only stakes winner in the field, post time favorite Dance Code (2.10-1), tried the winner on the turn before tiring and drifting out in the lane to finish fourth, beaten seven lengths and change… Cuneo, 33-1 at post time, rallied from sixth to finish second…

Betting: Scaramouche paid $11.80 to win and topped an exacta that returned $356.20 on a two-dollar wager.


  • Twisted Ride (PA), ridden by R Silvera and trained by K A Demasi won the CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE

Scratches win again: five of ‘em left a field of just three in this 1 1/16-mile event. That worked to Twisted Ride’s advantage, as he led throughout, winning a long duel with Smarten Up by a nose to secure the victory in 1:47.58. It was the second win in three career starts for the Pennsylvania-bred Great Notion gelding trained by Kathleen Demasi.

Notable: Jockey Ruben Silvera was able, despite pressure, to set modest fractions on Twisted Ride. The half-mile went in 49.36 seconds, and three-quarters took 1:14.06… The seven stakes contested over the last two days were won by seven different trainers and seven different jockeys… The winner is a full-brother to 2018 Weber City Miss Stakes winner Goodonehoney…

Favorite: Courvoisier, winner of the Jerome Jan. 1, went off at 3-5. But after a brief bid he faded to third and last, beaten by nearly 10 lengths…

Betting: There was no place or show wagering, though oddly enough there was an exacta… Twisted Ride paid $10.60 to win and topped an exacta that returned $23.80 for a two-dollar wager…