Hollywood Talent Wins Thrilling Marshall Jenney

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For Immediate Release: Saturday, August 3, 2019


The 19th edition of Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races Saturday at Parx featured five $100,000 stakes for state-breds and for the second consecutive year purses for the day reached in excess of $1 million for a program run strictly for horses bred here in the Commonwealth. Hollywood Talent won an amazing photo finish in the turf sprint while Midtowncharlybrown denied The Man his third straight Banjo Picker.

The thriller of the afternoon came in the Marshall Jenney Handicap, a five furlong turf sprint. With his nose down at exactly the right moment, Hollywood Talent won by the slimmest of margins over 35-1 longshot Amblin Man. Racing for Ten Strike Racing, Hollywood Talent broke with the leaders from the inside. Rather than get caught up in a three way battle, winning jockey Roberto Rosado smartly took back and settled third while the two leaders went on. Nearing the quarter pole, Hollywood Talent came out three wide to make his run and slowly began to gain on heavily favored Smokin Nitro. He finally pushed past with about a sixteenth to go, but Amblin Man was now making a big late run on the inside. As the two hit the wire, it appeared Amblin Man may have been the winner, but when the replay was slowed down, Hollywood Talent put his nose down at the exact moment they hit the wire. Trained by Carlos Guerreo, Hollywood Talent went off at 12-1 and paid $26.20 to win. The final time on a course labeled good was :59.79.

The other dramatic finish of the afternoon came in the $100,000 Banjo Picker Sprint featuring three terrific state-bred sprinters, the speedy Midtowncharlybrown, his hard hitting stablemate Midnightcharly and two time defending champion, The Man. When the dust settled, it would be Midtowncharlybrown getting his picture taken. The 5 year-old son of Uptowncharlybrown got locked up early with speed ball Cowboy MZ, and the two of them went at it for the better part of five furlongs. With an opening quarter up in 22.13, the two were absolutely head to head rounding the far turn. Covering a half in 44.73, the two were still locked in battle turning for home, with The Man, about five lengths back, now beginning to close ground on the inside and Midnightcharly, who stumbled at the start, also starting to get involved with a late run nearest the rail. Midtowncharlybrown finally put away Cowboy MZ, but his two big rivals were both continuing to gain late. Desperate for the wire, urged on by jockey Roberto Rosado, Midtowncharlybrown found just enough to hold on, winning by a diminishing head, with Midnightcharly nosing out The Man for second. Owned by Uptowncharlybrown Stud and Godric and trained by Ed Coletti, the winning entry was an even money favorite at post time, returning $4.00 to win. The final time over a fast track was 1:10.64.

With an early scratch of 2-5 morning line favorite Monongahela, the $100,000 one mile and one-sixteenth Roanoke Stakes was a suddenly wide open affair. Getting a perfect ground saving, just-off-the pace trip was Someday Jones, who blew past front runner Navy Commander at the eighth pole and then proceeded to draw away from his five rivals, coming home just better than six lengths in front. Owned by Main Line Racing Stables and Alexandria Stables, the 6 year-old son of Smarty Jones was able to take position down inside, just behind Navy Commander who was being prompted up front by last year’s winner, Grasshoppin. After a comfortable half mile in 48.09, Navy Commander tried to spurt away nearing the quarter pole, but winning jockey Frankie Pennington immediately asked Someday Jones to pick it up and he responded in kind. Easing off the rail at the top of the stretch, he overtook Navy Commander in a blink and the rest was never in doubt. Trained by John Servis, Someday Jones went off as the 6-5 favorite and paid $4.40 to win. The final time was 1:44.07.

The $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes for fillies and mares three and up at one mile and one-sixteenth on the turf went to the heavily favored Imply. The stronger part of an entry that was bet down to 1-5, Imply came into the race riding a three race winning streak and she did not disappoint. With her regular rider Julio Hernandez on board, she was able to work her way up into fourth position by the time they arrived at the first turn, and the two simply sat patiently on the outside until the real running began with about a quarter mile to go. Nearing the top of the stretch, the pace setter Shemakesmehappy was able to turn back a challenge from Pink Elephant, but Imply was quickly gaining on those two with a three wide rally off the final turn. Taking the lead with a furlong to run, the 6 year-old E Dubai mare drew clear through the stretch and came home a clear cut two and a half length winner. Owned by Barlar and trained by Bernie Houghton, she paid all of $2.40 to win and covered the distance over the good course in 1:48.47.

Afleet Tizzy rallied to post a mild upset in the $100,000 Dr. Teresa Garofalo Memorial Stakes for fillies and mares three and up. The 5 year-old daughter of Tizway broke well and was able to secure clear running a couple lengths off two battling front runners before making a run for the lead nearing the top of the stretch. She surged to the front with about an eighth of a mile to go and quickly kicked away by three with only a sixteenth to go, but race favorite Sweet Bye and Bye had hit best stride was closing fast on the far outside. Afleet Tizzy, however, had more than enough left to prevail, holding her rival safe late to win by a full length. Racing for Marvin Delfiner and George Krall and ridden by Angel Rodriguez, she went off at 7-1 and paid $17.20 to win. It was the first local stakes win for young trainer Tyler Servis, son of John Servis, who trained Smarty Jones to two classic wins back in 2004. The final time was 1:10.52.