Chub Wagon upset in Garofalo Memorial

Chub Wagon’s first start in her new barn didn’t quite go to plan August 22 at Parx Racing. The five-year-old Hey Chub mare had no answers for Remain Anonymous, who romped home well clear in the $100,000 Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes.

It was just the second time in her 14 starts that Chub Wagon had tasted defeat, and it snapped her four-race win streak.

Chub Wagon, a homebred for Daniel Lopez and George Chestnut, had made her first 13 starts for trainer Guadalupe Preciado. But following her win in the Alma North Stakes at Laurel Park July 16, the owners transferred her to Regina Brennan’s care.

Brennan legged up Silvestre Gonzalez, who’d ridden Chub Wagon to victories in each of her last two. But it’s likely none of them foresaw the powerful performance Remain Anonymous had up her sleeve.

A $32,000 claim out of her last start July 15 at Saratoga, Remain Anonymous dazzled in her first outing for new trainer Robert Falcone and new owner Sanford Goldfarb. She bided her time in seventh in the early going as Hey Mamaluke and Disco Ebo charged through an opening quarter-mile in 21.60 seconds and a half in 45.31, by which time Oxana had joined the fray, too.

With Irad Ortiz, Jr., in the irons, Remain Anonymous circled the turn, took over in the stretch, and drew away to win by 5 ¾ lengths in 1:10.93 for six furlongs on a fast main track. Chub Wagon was second, and Oxana stayed on well for third, 1 ¼ lengths behind Chub Wagon.

Off as the second choice, Remain Anonymous returned $9.00 to win. The exacta, with 7-10 favorite Chub Wagon second, paid $26.20 on a two-dollar wager.

Remain Anonymous, a five-year-old Tapiture mare, earned her fifth win, and first stakes victory, from 22 career starts. She has earned $305,315.

In other stakes action:

  • Fortheluvofbourbon (Paco Lopez up for trainer Michael Pino) made it four straight with a four-length thrashing of last-out De Francis Dash winner Beren in the Banjo Picker Sprint.
  • Too Boss (Kendrick Carmouche/Todd Pletcher) got his first career stakes win with a 1 ¾-length score in the Storm Cat.
  • In a pair of races for juveniles that were both bred in Pennsylvania and sired by Pennsylvania stallions, Flor de Sambra (Silvestre Gonzalez/Guadalupe Preciado) took the Miss Blue Tye Dye for fillies, while Ninetyprcentmaddie (Frankie Pennington/Butch Reid) won the Whistle Pig for the boys. Both were favored.
  • Two stakes were taken off the turf. Love in the Air (Paco Lopez/John Servis) dominated in the Mrs. Penny, while Smooth B (Pennington/Reid) wore down favored Admiral Abe to win the Marshall Jenney Handicap.
Remain Anonymous
Remain Anonymous was much the best in the Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes. Photo by Nikki Sherman/EQUI-Photo.