Chub Wagon returns with a win

It wasn’t easy, but the result was the one to which we’ve become accustomed the last couple of years: Chub Wagon won again.

Under new pilot Silvestre Gonzalez, the five-year-old Hey Chub mare wore down pacesetter Hey Mamaluke to take the $100,000 Power by Far Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares by three parts of a length at Parx Racing Monday.

It was eight lengths farther back to show horse Castilleja.

The Power by Far, a five-furlong sprint, was taken off the turf and moved to a good, sealed main track. Hey Mamaluke zipped the opening quarter-mile in 22.20 seconds with a one-length lead under jockey Andy Hernandez. Hipnotizada was her nearest pursuer, with Chub Wagon in third a couple of lengths away.

Hey Mamaluke shook clear of Hipnotizada rounding the turn, but Chub Wagon was soon mounting her rally. Tipped to the outside, she reached near-even terms with the leader in upper stretch.

But Hey Mamaluke continued fight, maintaining the edge even into the final furlong. Ultimately, though, Chub Wagon wore her down and went on to win in 58 seconds flat, with Hey Mamaluke holding second.

A prohibitive 3-10 favorite, Chub Wagon paid $2.60 to win. The exacta paid $4.60 for a two-dollar wager.

Chub Wagon now has 11 wins from 12 career starts for trainer Guadalupe Preciado and owner-breeders Daniel Lopez and George Chestnut.

Two races later, in another PA-bred off-the-turf stake, the Crowd Pleaser, trainer Cal Lynch’s charges filled out the exacta, as Undercover Kitty, with Charlie Marquez up, cruised to a six-length win over favored Loose Ends (Jorge Ruiz).

Undercover Kitty earned her first career stakes win for Runnymoore Racing LLC. She’s two-for-seven in her career with earnings of $103,710.