Chub Wagon slated for season bow in Power by Far
Five-year-old Chub Wagon has done a lot of things in her career, including winning six stakes races. One thing she hasn’t done: race on turf.
The Hey Chub mare will add the turf to her resume if, as scheduled, she posts in Monday’s $100,000 Power by Far Stakes for Pennsylvania-breds at Parx Racing. The five-furlong Power by Far has attracted 10 fillies and mares.
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Hey Chub, trained by Guadalupe Preciado for breeder-owners Daniel Lopez and George Chestnut, has won 10 of 11 career starts while earning $533,600. The lone blemish on her record came when second to Don’t Call Me Mary in Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial last August 23.
She closed her 2021 season with two more wins, including a season-ending score in the Sept. 25 Plum Pretty but has not raced since. She’s been working very fast towards her season – and turf – bow, with back-to-back bullet moves her last two works.
New pilot Silvestre Gonzalez will ride, and Hey Chub is the 9-5 morning line favorite.
Chub Wagon is one of a bevy of runners in the Power by Far with no established turf sprinting form. One exception to that is Castilleja (8-1).
The King Leatherbury trainee hasn’t won on the turf but has finished second three times.with a career-best BRIS speed fig of 83. The Lord Shanakil mare, a homebred for Norman Lewis, has not raced since November but has also been training forwardly for this contest.
Carol Cedeno will ride.
The second choice on the morning line is Hey Mamaluke (9-2) for trainer Patricia Farro and owner Joseph Capriglione, also the breeder. The speedy Jump Start mare is the defending champ in this event, which was taken off the turf a year ago and most recently finished fourth, after leading for the opening half-mile, in the June 17 Susquehanna Valley Stakes at Penn National, won by Fille d’Esprit.
Andy Hernandez has the return mount for Hey Mamaluke.
In addition to Chub Wagon and Hey Mamaluke, the other stakes winner in the field is Disco Ebo (10-1) for trainer Butch Reid, The Weigelia has three wins from eight career starts – including in last fall’s Shamrock Rose at Penn National – but has not tried the turf and will make her first start since March. Frankie Pennington will ride.
The Power by Far is carded as the eighth race with an approximate post time of 4:14 p.m.