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

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

Laurel Park

Post Time
Post Time rolled home in the Maryland Juvenile. Photo by Jerry Dzierwinski.

FIRST STAR: POST TIME. This Maryland-bred son of Frosted improved to 3-for-3 lifetime on Saturday with a dominant win in the Maryland Juvenile Stakes. He drafted in last place early on under regular rider Eric Camacho, while Maryland Million Nursery winner Johnyz From Albany set the early pace. As they rounded the turn, Post Time made his move to the front under minimal urging from Camacho, and powered away to win by 3 3/4 lengths. He ran seven furlongs over a muddy track in 1:23.98 for his first career stakes win. He’s owned by Hillwood Stable LLC and trained by Brittany Russell.

SECOND STAR: MALIBU MOONSHINE. One race earlier, in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Stakes, Malibu Moonshine won by two lengths for her second win in as many career starts. Much like she did in her debut at Pimlico in September, she rated at the back of the pack early on, then made a wide move in the stretch and engulfed the field. She pulled clear of the field in the final strides for the win, with Fast Tracked, a half-sister to Malibu Beauty, closing for second. The winner is owned by Happy Face Racing Stable, trained by Charlie Baker, and ridden by Angel Cruz.

THIRD STAR: SAVOY. Earlier on the Saturday card, Savoy rode the rail to victory in a second-level allowance optional claiming race. Under Grant Whitacre, he sat well behind early on, while Backnthewoods set uncontested fast fractions. He zipped through a first quarter of 22.50 and a half in 44.78 while Savoy sat fourteen lengths off the lead on the turn. John the Bear, who sat near that fast pace, took control in the stretch and opened up, but Whitacre moved Savoy up the rail and charged at the leaders. He got up to win by a half-length in 1:23.73 for seven furlongs, for owner Baxter Racing Stable and trainer Mario Serey Jr.

Charles Town Races

FIRST STAR: COMPANY CLOWN. Primal Destiny was an odds-on choice to win his eighth race in a row on Thursday. However, second choice Company Clown had other ideas. He enjoyed a great trip rating right off the early lead, then pounced on Primal Destiny on the turn, who set the early pace. From there, Company Clown pulled away to win by 1 1/4 lengths, while Primal Destiny had to settle for second. It’s the fifth win of the year for this 5-year-old gelding, who has competed exclusively at Charles Town since last September. He’s owned by Michael Miller, trained by David Walters, and ridden by Fredy Peltroche.

SECOND STAR: HONEYQUIST. Already stakes-placed twice in his 2-year-old season, this West Virginia-bred dropped into allowance company on Saturday. The odds-on choice responded to the class drop in kind, winning by 2 3/4 lengths in a sharp gate-to-wire performance. He broke his maidne on this track in September, then finished second in the Vincent Moscarelli Memorial Stakes on West Virginia Breeders’ Classic night. Next out, he was second in the James Lewis Stakes at Laurel Park. Jevian Toledo had the mount on Saturday, for owners Mammas Boys Thoroughbred Racing Group LLC, Ultra Championship Racing LLC, and James Miller and trainer Anthony Farrior.

THIRD STAR: DRY WELL. Earlier on the Saturday card, Toledo booted home another impressive winner, as Dry Well crushed the field in a first-level allowance race. Sent off as the 13-10 choice, she raced wide most of the way, then took the lead as they moved around the final turn in the 1 1/16-mile contest. From there, she powered away and won by 10 1/4 lengths. The daughter of Divining Rod had won just once this year while racing in Maryland, but made her Charles Town debut a successful one. She’s owned by AJ Will Win Stables LLC and trained by Henry Walters.

Parx Racing

FIRST STAR: WINNING TIME. Parx hosted a pair of stakes races for 2-year-olds on Tuesday. The headliner was the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes, for Pennsylvania-breds. Winning Time validated an impressive maiden win with a three-quarter length-victory in the Nursery. Breaking from the outside post position in the 11-horse field, he moved three-wide after the leaders in the stretch and pulled clear late. 81-1 longshot Veeson came after him in the final strides, but the wire came in time. Silvestre Gonzalez had the winning mount for owner/breeder Pewter Stable and trainer Kathleen Demasi.

SECOND STAR: GIRL TROUBLE. One race prior, an open field of 2-year-old fillies met in the Future Stars Filly Stakes. Jersey-bred Girl Trouble scored by six lengths as the odds-on favorite. She pressed Beautiful Karla in the early stages, then moved to challenge the leader on the turn and pulled clear. She’s won three times in her six-race career, with earnings of $160,500. She’s owned by Swilcan Stable LLC and LC Racing, trained by Butch Reid, and ridden by Paco Lopez.

THIRD STAR: FRANKIE PENNINGTON. Pennington had a big day on Wednesday, with three winners from four mounts. He started his day with a win in race 3 aboard Pearls and Heels, for trainer Ramon Martin, then picked up another win in race 7 aboard Imagine This, trained by Frank Pollara. After a defeat in race 9, he completed the hat trick in the 10th race, riding Princess Sophie for trainer John Servis. Pennington currently ranks second in the rider standings, with 128 wins, and is closing in on 3,000 career victories, with 2,892 dashes entering this Monday’s card.

Region’s Best

  1. Post TIme- Big things could be on the horizon for this Maryland-bred.
  2. Winning Time
  3. Girl Trouble