Disco Chick Named 2016 PA Horse of the Year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Keith Jones
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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

PENNSYLVANIA’S BEST HONORED AT ANNUAL BANQUET Disco Chick Named 2016 PA Horse of the Year

Freedom Acres’ Disco Chick was honored as the top thoroughbred in Pennsylvania for 2016 at a banquet held Wednesday night at Celebrations in Bensalem. The six year-old Jump Start mare was a three time stakes winner during the season, winning the $100,000 My Juliet Stakes and $100,000 Foxy J G Stakes here at Parx as well as the $100,000 Skipat Stakes at Pimlico. She was stakes placed in five other events including a terrific third in the G2 Honorable Miss Stakes at Saratoga in late July. Trained by Mario Serey, Jr., she raced 11 times during the year and earned just over $285,000.

Other highlights from the evening included jockey Frankie Pennington, a recent inductee into the Parx Hall of Fame, winning his third consecutive riding title and now fourth of his career. Trainer Patricia Farro won the second training title of her career, winning a total of 97 races for the year. Jockey Luis Ocasio won the award as top apprentice jockey, adding a second trophy to his mantel after being named the nation’s top apprentice with an Eclipse Award earlier this year.

Following is a list of all other divisional and individual award winners:

2YO Colt or Gelding – Buttonwood Farm’s Downhill Racer (Trained by Jonathan Sheppard) 2YO Filly – James Reichenberg Jr. & Bruno DeJulio’s Ms Locust Point (John Servis) 3YO Colt or Gelding – Stonehedge’s Abiding Star (Ned Allard) 3YO Filly – WMT Stable’s Trace of Grace (Bernard Houghton) Older Male – Ten Strike Racing’s Duval (Carlos Guerrero) Older Female – Freedom Acres’ Disco Chick (Mario Serey, Jr.) Claiming Horse of the Year – Briardale Stable’s A Fleet Attitude (Guadalupe Preciado) Outstanding Claim of the Year – Briardale Stable’s A Fleet Attitude (Guadalupe Preciado) Winningest Horse – Ted Hoover’s Broadway Bay (Harold Wyner) Apprentice Jockey – Luis Ocasio Leading Jockey – Frankie Pennington Leading Owner – Ten Strike Racing Leading Trainer – Patricia Farro “B” Division Trainer (top percentage with less than 150 starts and less than 10 stalls) – Miguel Penaloza “B” Division Owner – Morris Kernan, Jr.