MID-ATLANTIC THREE STARS: December 19
Plenty of racing action took place throughout the Mid-Atlantic this past week.
Here’s a look at the “three stars” of each track:
FIRST STAR: ALWAYSINAHURRY. Trainer Dale Capuano had a huge day on Sunday, winning three consecutive races. After winning race 5 with Dolice Vita and race 6 with Jackie A, with both of those victories coming by a nose, he capped the hat trick in the 7th race with Alwaysinahurry. Fresh off a win in the Bender Stakes last out, this Maryland-bred son of Great Notion wore down early leader Going to the Lead and got up to win an open allowance sprint by three-quarters of a length. He’s now won three times in his last four starts. He’s owned by Mopo Racing and was ridden by Angel Cruz.
SECOND STAR: ZABRACADABRA. A strong field of older allowance optional claiming routers traveled a mile in Saturday’s a feature race. He tracked early leader Monday Morning Qb, then took the front as they entered the stretch and held clear in the stretch for a 4 1/2-length triumph. The Gary Capuano trainee was second against similar last out, but improved here to get his second win of the year. He covered a mile in 1:36.38 for owner Frank Sample and jockey Carlos Lopez.
THIRD STAR: AWARD WANTED. One race after Alwaysinahurry got it done on Saturday, another Maryland-bred sprinter beat top-level allowance company. 14-1 Award Wanted won a third-level dash for fillies and mares by a half-length under Angel Cruz. She drafted towards the back of the pack early on, then rallied four-wide in the stretch and got up for the victory. She’s won four times this year, with this being her first victory since a win at Timonium in September. She’s owned by No Guts No Glory Farm and Erica Upton and trained by Jerry Robb.
Charles Town Races
- Several local runners among Barbara Fritchie nomsThe nominations for the Barbara Fritchie Stakes upcoming at Laurel Park include several local runners, among them last year’s show horse Fille d’Esprit.
FIRST STAR: PRIMAL DESTINY. Primal Destiny has made most of his bones at Charles Town this year, so it was only fitting he won on the final day of the racing season. He won for the seventh time at Charles Town this season, scoring in a starter allowance contest as the 2-5 choice. He briefly dueled with Nitro Time from his outside, then shook off that challenge and pulled away to a 4 1/2-length score. He covered 4 1/2 furlongs in 52.09 seconds, with Darius Thorpe aboard for owner Robert Cole Jr and trainer Kevin Patterson.
SECOND STAR: AUBURN MILL. On Wednesday, this West Virginia-bred gelding won for the seventh time this year, taking a starter optional claiming race by 3 1/4 lengths. As the 1-5 favorite, he was pressed on the pace early on in the 6 1/2-furlong contest, then pulled clear from the inside and won convincingly. He’s owned by Richard Burnsworth and Jeff Caffee, trained by Anthony Farrior, and ridden by Reshawn Latchman.
THIRD STAR: DRINKWITHTHESTARS. One race after Primal Destiny’s big win, Drinkwiththestars made it 3-for-7 lifetime with a win in a West Virginia-bred allowance race. He set the pace as the odds-on choice and won under a drive by Denis Araujo, crossing the wire 1 1/4 lengths in front. He started his career 2-for-2, and got back into the winner’s circle here. He’s trained by Ronney Brown, who co-owns with Nicole Brown.
FIRST STAR: RUBEN SILVERA. Parx’s leading rider achieved a major career milestone last Tuesday, when he guided Angelus Warrior to victory for his 1,000th career win. Silvera began riding in 2011, and is well on his way to a second consecutive riding title at Parx. Heading into this Monday’s card, Silvera had 156 wins, good for a 29-win lead over runner-up Frankie Pennington.
SECOND STAR: CENTRE COURT CHAMP. Last Monday’s feature, a second-level allowance optional claiming sprint for fillies and mares, went to favored Centre Court Champ in convincing fashion. She raced on the pace in the early stages, sitting three-wide while pressing two longshots on her inside. As they rounded the turn, Centre Court Champ took charge and pulled away to win by six lengths, going 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.57. She’s now a four-time winner on the year from ten starts, for owner Jack Armstrong, trainer Robert Mosco, and jockey Luis Ocasio.
THIRD STAR: FRANKIE PENNINGTON. Pennington had a big riding day of his own last Wednesday, riding three winners. He took race 4 aboard I Cross My Heart, trained by Jamie Ness, race 6 on Scott Lake trainee Passionate Dream, and race 9 with Unified Alliance, trained by John Servis. Pennington is also closing in on a career milestone, with 2,898 career wins entering this Monday’s program.
- Ruben Silvera- A milestone win last Tuesday for Parx’s best.
- Primal Destiny
- Which horses had the best post-CT Classic careers?Art Collector’s win in Saturday’s Grade 1 Pegasus got us wondering: which winners of the Charles Town Classic had the best careers after their Classic win?