Plenty of racing action took place throughout the Mid-Atlantic this past week.

Here’s a look at the “three stars” of each track:


Vigilantes Way #5 with Paco Lopez riding won the $100,000 Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, NJ on Saturday September 3, 2022. 2nd was #4 Runaway Rumour and Luis Cardenas and 3rd was #7 Flighty Lady with Hector Diaz, Jr. Photo By Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

FIRST STAR: YOUNGEST OF FIVE. Five of the top local Maryland-bred sprinters met up in a competitive allowance optional claiming race on Sunday. Youngest of Five, a Hugh McMahon trainee bred by Sagamore Farm, won for the first time this year and seventh time lifetime. He broke on top in the 6 1/2-furlong contest and crossed to the lead from the outside post. 2020 Maryland Million Sprint champion Karan’s Notion ate into a large margin late, but the wire came in time for Youngest of Five, who won by a half-length. The winner is owned by Larry Rabold and was ridden by Angel Cruz, who won the Timonium riding title with 12 victories.

SECOND STAR: WILL HUMPHREY. Humphrey won four races on the Timonium season, including three wins on Saturday. He won with his first mount of the day in race 2, scoring on favored Sommer Velvet for trainer Anthony Farrior. He also prevailed in race 4 on Pray for the U S A, trained by Charles Frock, and the 7th race aboard Emma and I, for trainer Kieron Magee. Humphrey’s four wins on the meet earned him a four-way share of a fourth-place finish.

THIRD STAR: AWARD WANTED. The Friday feature went to this Maryland-bred mare, who won her third race of the year by a half-length. She drafted in last place early on in the four-horse, 6 1/2-furlong event, but moved wide after longshot leader Behind the Couch in the stretch. Xavier Perez timed the move well, and she got up late for the win. She’s owned by No Guts No Glory Farm and Erica Upton.

Delaware Park

FIRST STAR: BOUND BY DESTINY. Wednesday’s feature was the Blue Hen Stakes, for 2-year-old Delaware-bred/certified fillies. Bound by Destiny, who went off as the 7-5 favorite, lasted through a speed duel and moved away powerfully to win by 5 3/4 lengths. She broke her maiden at Delaware on July 1, then won a first-level allowance optional claiming race on August 10 and won her stakes debut here. She’s owned by Black Cloud Racing Stable LLC, trained by Anthony Pecoraro, and ridden by Jeremy Rose.

SECOND STAR: JAIME RODRIGUEZ. Delaware’s leading jockey won four races on the Friday program. He started the day with a win, taking race 1 on Bastien Le Brown for trainer Victor Barboza Jr. He then took race 3 on Papa Jimmy, trained by Michael Bray, then went back-to-back in races 5 and 6. He won aboard Irazu, trained by Baltazar Galvan, and Escape Fund, for trainer Michael Gorham. Rodriguez has 74 wins from 296 mounts this season.

THIRD STAR: BANDITS HEART. The younger half-brother of Anna’s Bandit won his first stakes race, and his first race of any sort, taking the Dover Stakes for Delaware-bred/certified 2-year-old males. He broke well from the rail and withstood early pace pressure. On the turn, he drew clear and held off favorite and stablemate Riccio for the win. He’s a homebred for No Guts No Glory Farm, trained by Jerry Robb.

Charles Town Races

FIRST STAR: ARNALDO BOCACHICA. A 130-time winner a the meet, Boachica won four races on the Saturday program. He started the evening a winner, taking race 1 on Skyfly for trainer Anthony Farrior. Bocachica lost on his next two mounts, but bounced back in race 6 on Unison, for trainer Larry Curtis. With wins on Kevin Joy trainee Thunder Punch in race 7 and Enjoy Summer in the 8th race, trained by Jeff Runco, Bocachica capped off a grand slam on the card, and a natural hat trick on the last three races which paid $29.60 for $1.

SECOND STAR: COMPANY CLOWN. The Thursday feature race, a starter allowance contest at 4 1/2 furlongs, went to this 5-year-old gelding, for his third win in his last four starts. After drafting off the pace on the rail early on, he angled three-wide in the stretch and got up over early leaders Odie and Shacklefords Storm. The winning gelding hasn’t been worse than second in five starts this year, and has won seven times from 25 starts with earnings of more than $140,000. He’s owned by Michael Miller, trained by David Walters, and ridden by Fredy Peltroche.

THIRD STAR: GARY DOING BIZ. The same owner/trainer/jockey combo won a starter allowance dash on Friday with this 4-year-old filly. She broke on top and fended off pressure, including some from favored Ms Headley, and held on under steady urging to win by a length. It was her first win of the year from six starts, and her fifth victory from 19 starts.

Monmouth Park

FIRST STAR: VIGILANTES WAY. After hitting the board in stakes company three times at the Monmouth meet without a win, Vigilantes Way finally broke through on Saturday. She won the Violet Stakes as the 1-2 favorite, taking it by a half-length as much the best. Paco Lopez drafted her off the pace on the inside, and bode his time with the mare on the final turn while waiting for room. She found clear sailing in the stretch, and hit her best stride late to move through and get up for the win. She’s a homebred for the Phipps Stable, and is trained by Shug McGaughey. This is her fourth stakes win, three of which have come at Monmouth.

SECOND STAR: FEAST. In Sunday’s Rumson Stakes, Feast won for the fourth time on the Monmouth meet. He broke on top from the outside post, then dealt with pressure on the turn from Hollywood Jet. He dispatched that rival as he entered the stretch, but then had to deal with Hollis, who poked a head in front as he entered the stretch. However, Feast fought gamely and battled back to win by a half-length, going five furlongs in 57.40 seconds. Jose Ferrer was aboard for owner Winning Stables Inc and trainer Gerald Bennett.

THIRD STAR: ROUGH SEA. One race prior on Sunday, this 9-year-old son of Include, whose death was announced on Monday, won for the fourth time this year. He won a 1 3/8-mile starter handicap event on the grass by 3 3/4 lengths, after making a strong four-wide move on the turn under Samuel Marin. His season includes an upset win in the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel Park back in April, and this was his first win on the lawn this season. He’s owned by Proud Stable Inc and trained by Bruno Tessore.

Parx Racing

FIRST STAR: EXIT RIGHT. Last Tuesday, Exit Right continued a torrid campaign, winning a starter allowance race for his eighth victory of the year. Sent off as the 1-2 favorite in the one mile and 70-yard affair, he made the lead easily and remained clear throughout despite drifting late. Seven of his eight wins have come at Parx, with his other victory at Aqueduct in April. He ran the distance in 1:44.33, for owners Morris Kernan Jr, Yo Berbs, and Jagger Inc, trainer Jamie Ness, and jockey Ruben Silvera.

SECOND STAR: WORLD GONE WILD. Later on the Tuesday card, Ness and Silvera teamed up to win again, as this 4-year-old filly won a first-level allowance optional claiming grass sprint for her fifth victory of the year. Much like Exit Right, she took the lead early and held sway from the others throughout. Although Ma de Taw closed in a bit late, World Gone Wild nonetheless crossed the wire 3 1/2 lengths in front. She’s owned by Troy Johnson and Charles Lo.

THIRD STARS: ABNER ADORNO AND JEREMY LAPRIDA. These two each won three races last Monday. Adorno won three of his first five races on the program, taking race 2 aboard Sa Foradada for trainer Juan Guerrero, race 3 on Shesasuperfreak, trained by Alejandro Maymo, and the 5th race with John Servis trainee Road to Dreams. Laprida, meanwhile, did his best work towards the end of the day. He won twice for trainer Ralph Riviezzo, taking race 7 on Scotch Rock’s and race 9 with 25-1 shot Little Harbour. Laprida capped off the hat trick in race 10, scoring with 17-1 E T’s Super Star for trainer Jaime Bravo-Estrada. Going into Tuesday’s card, Adorno is sixth in the standings with 56 wins, while Laprida is eighth with 42 victories.

Colonial Downs

FIRST STAR: YLIKEDIS. After two disappointing starts against stakes company earlier this year, a drop to the allowance optional claiming ranks proved the trick for Ylikedis last Wednesday. With a ground-saving trip, she chased down longtime leader Tightly Twisted and won a third-level race for her first victory of the year. It was her fourth victory of the year, and her first since last November. Vincent Cheminaud was in the saddle for owner Kingsport Farm and trainer Ignacio Correas IV.

SECOND STAR: FLYING FORTRESS. Shug McGaughey and Forest Boyce are always dangerous when they team up in the mid-Atlantic, and they scored again last Tuesday with a second-level allowance optional claiming win. This 4-year-old filly broke on top in the 1 1/8-mile grass contest and never looked back, crossing the wire a length in front over Community Adjusted. She’s now won three times from five career starts, for owner Joseph Allen.

THIRD STAR: SHE’S PEACHY KEEN. Monday’s feature went to She’s peachy Keen, who took a first-level allowance optional claiming race by 1 1/2 lengths as the 3-5 public choice. She rated just off Joya Del Sur early on, then moved to the front in the two-path and gradually kicked away for her second straight victory. Samy Camacho was in the saddle for owners Team Equistaff LLC and Winning Stables Inc and trainer Gerald Bennett.

Region’s Best

  1. Vigilantes Way- Scored as the favorite once she was clear.
  2. Bound by Destiny
  3. Feast