MID-ATLANTIC THREE STARS: february 13
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: AMERICAN D’ORO. Off two consecutive impressive wins against top-flight allowance company, Zabracadabra was sent off as the 3-5 favorite in an open allowance contest on Sunday at Laurel Park. However, American d’Oro, who had a few impressive allowance victories of his own last fall, rallied up the inside and pulled the 9-2 upset by a neck. Zabracadabra finished second, 2 1/2 lengths clear of stakes winner Hello Hot Rod in third. American d’Oro is owned by Sterling Road Racing Stable and LBR Racing Stable, trained by Richard Sillaman, and ridden by Lauralea Glaser. He’s now won six times from 23 starts with earnings of $239,201.
SECOND STAR: AL LOVES JOSIE. One day prior, this Jerry Robb-trained son of Holy Boss took a second-level allowance optional claiming contest at Laurel. He broke well from the outside post and crossed to the rail and the lead. No one was able to catch him, and he crossed the wire 3 1/2 lengths in front, going six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.66. All five of his wins have come on this track, with the victory pushing his career earnings to $238,875. He’s owned by C J I Phoenix Group and No Guts No Glory Farm and ridden by Xavier Perez.
THIRD STAR: DULCIMER DAME. This 6-year-old mare became one of five horses to have won three races this year when she took a starter allowance race on Saturday at Charles Town. Sent off as the 1-10 favorite, she was pressed most of the way by Volnay, but began to pull away on the turn and drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths. She’s now won four races in a row and six of her last seven. She covered seven furlongs in 1:28.29 for owner Richard Burnsworth, trainer Anthony Farrior, and jockey Arnaldo Bocachica.
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FIRST STAR: AMERICAN D’ORO: A nice bounce-back win in the slop on Sunday.
SECOND STAR: AL LOVES JOSIE. Wouldn’t be surprising to see him win a stakes race this year following an impressive win on Saturday.
THIRD STAR: JORGE HERNANDEZ. Chilean native picked up his first American win on Sunday aboard Claudio Gonzalez trainee Queen Cadence.
FIRST STAR: NURTURING. Made a four-wide move to take a second-level allowance optional claiming race on Tuesday.
SECOND STAR: RUBEN SILVERA. Turned a natural riding hat trick on Tuesday as part of a six-win week.
THIRD STAR: ONE MORE SCOOP. Pennsylvania-bred filly made it three wins in a row with Monday allowance win.
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