MID-ATLANTIC THREE STARS: january 30
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: SIR ALFRED JAMES. Lynn Cash has no shortage of solid allowance and stakes-quality horses in his barn. One of them, Sir Alfred James, found his way into the winner’s circle in an open allowance sprint at Laurel Park on Sunday. Making his first start since a seventh-place finish in last October’s Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, he rated off the pace in the three-path and hit the front at the top of the stretch. He drew off from there under J.D. Acosta and crossed the wire 2 1/4 lengths in front. He ran six furlongs in 1:10.58. The 7-year-old gelded son of Munnings now has a career record of 10-4-4 from 34 starts with earnings of $837,839. He was a two-time stakes winner last year, taking the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park and the Russell Road Stakes at Charles Town last year, and it would not be a surprise to see him in the General George Stakes at Laurel Park on Feb. 18.
SECOND STAR: ANTHONY FARRIOR. Charles Town’s leading trainer last year continued his dominant start to this year’s campaign last week. He won eight races, including three on the Thursday program. He teamed up with Arnaldo Bocachica on two of those wins, taking race 2 with Jalebi Baby and race 6 with Kozy’s Wildcat. He also won with Reshawn Latchman in race 8, as Tommy Shelby scored to complete Farrior’s hat trick. Farrior ended the month of January with 27 wins from 70 starters.
THIRD STAR: DISCO EBO. A stakes winner at ages 2 and 3, Disco Ebo started her 4-year-old season on a winning one with a victory in an open allowance race at Parx last Tuesday. Under Frankie Pennington, she struck the front in the four-path as they rounded the turn and pulled clear in the stretch for a two-length victory. She covered six furlongs in 1:13.22, improving her career record to 6-2-2 from 14 starts with earnings of $374,164. This Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Weigelia is owned by Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC and trained by Butch Reid.
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FIRST STAR: SIR ALFRED JAMES. Hopes to use Sunday’s win as a kick-start to a big season.
SECOND STAR: DOPPELGANGER. Twice graded-stakes placed last year, he returned to the races a winner in a first-level allowance contest last Friday.
THIRD STAR: DREW’S GOLD. Returned from a long layoff in impressive style with a powerful first-level win in his 3-year-old debut Saturday, improving to 2-for-2 lifetime.
Charles Town Races
FIRST STAR: ANTHONY FARRIOR. He’s left little doubt as to his status as Charles Town’s king so far.
SECOND STAR: KOZY’S WILDCAT. One of Farrior’s Thursday winners made it three victories in his last five starts with a first-level allowance win.
THIRD STAR: ARNALDO BOCACHICA. Teamed up with Farrior twice en route to a hat trick of his own on Thursday.
FIRST STAR: DISCO EBO. Started her season on a winning note, could be Fritchie-bound.
SECOND STAR: MYCHEL SANCHEZ. Won three races on last Monday’s card.
THIRD STAR: SUPER JOHN. Impressively beat a starter allowance field by 5 1/2 lengths last Monday.
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