For Immediate Release: Friday, September 6, 2013
PARX HOSTING PA DAY AT THE RACES ON SATURDAY Five Stakes with Purses Totaling $375,000
This Saturday Parx Racing will play host to the 13th edition of Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races, a day designed to celebrate the Breeding industry here in the Commonwealth, an industry that has become one of the top programs in the nation. The card featuring five stakes with purses totaling $375,000 is one of the best in recent memory with some of the state’s top stakes caliber horses ready to compete.
Topping the racing program is the $75,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes, a one mile and one-sixteenth turf test for fillies and mares three and up. The 5-2 morning line favorite is Warm Glow, a 5 year-old Sky Classic mare owned and trained by 1990 Hall of Fame inductee Jonathan Sheppard. Lightly raced, Warm Glow has won three of her six lifetime starts including allowance wins at Keeneland and here at Parx. She’s coming off her first stakes appearance, a third place finish in the $50K Rosenna at Delaware Park. Joshua Navarro has been named to ride.
Maybe the toughest race on the card is the big race sprint of the day is the $75,000 Banjo Picker Sprint. Jake N Elwood, a 4 year-old During colt owned by J.A.G. Racing and Jettany Thoroughbred Corp. heads the field. In June of his three year-old season, he won the $75K Danzig Stakes at Penn National. He’s won three of his seven starts over the local track and is coming off a victory at the tough Saratoga meet, winning a $100K optional claimer in wire to wire fashion. Kendrick Carmouche is set to ride for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Second choice in the morning line is Officer Alex. Owned by Choctaw Racing Stable and Winning Horses Stable, the 3 year-old Officer colt won his first stake here last year, upsetting highly regarded Res Judicata in the $75K Pennsylvania Nursery. He’s back on the main track for trainer Lynn Whiting after two failed stakes tries on the turf. Stewart Elliott has the mount.
The big turf sprint of the day is the $75,000 Marshall Jenney Handicap. A full field of 12 was drawn and opening as the 5-2 choice is Smart Angle’s Madrilena. One of three ladies in the race the 6 year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic scratched out of this race last year after just missing in the $75K Russian Rhythm at Penn National. She’s coming off a July 27th victory in the $75K Power by Far Handicap here at Parx. Kendrick Carmouche gets the ride for trainer Mike Pino.
Three year-old fillies will compete in the $75,000 Dr. Teresa Garafolo Memorial at six furlongs on the main track. James Courtney’s Power of Snunner is the morning line favorite in the field of eight. The Power by Far filly is coming off a six length romp at Penn National in a first level allowance against older horses. Still looking for her first stakes victory, she just missed back in June at Penn, getting beaten by a neck in the $60K Silver Train Stakes. Trainer Tim Kreiser gives the reigns to Kendrick Carmouche who is certainly in line for a big day.
The early favorite in the $75,000 Roanoke Stakes is Winchill. The Roanoke is run at one mile and one-sixteenth on the main track. Owned by Pewter Stable & Robert Levy & Alex Karkenny, Winchill, a 5 year-old son of Tapit, has been razor sharp in his last two local efforts, getting beaten by less than a length by Indian Jones, who, on Labor Day, lost by a nose in the G3 Greenwood Cup and then winning a third level allowance in his last start on August 4th. Stewart Elliott will ride for Kate DeMasi.