Liz's Cable Girl Romps in Roamin Rachel

Five into the Hall of Fame

Media Contact:
Keith Jones

For Immediate Release: Saturday, September 15, 2018


Saturday was Hall of Fame Day at Parx Racing and while the track was welcoming in 5 new members to its Hall of Fame, Liz’s Cable was making short work of her rivals in the $100,000 Roamin Rachel Stakes. The 4 year-old Cable Boy filly blew the six furlong sprint for fillies and mares open on the far turn, and romped home to a decisive four length victory.

Having won her last two races in front running fashion, Liz’s Cable Girl did much the same in the Roamin Rachel. Breaking from the outside gate in the field of six, she came away quickly, but briefly had three rivals trying to keep up with her on the inside. They didn’t last long. She was already in front before they completed the first sixteenth of a mile with She’s Stunning doing her best to stay with her while racing down on the rail. The lead was only a neck after an opening quarter of 22.20, but as they reached the far turn, Liz’s Cable Girl began to draw clear, and from there she never let up.

A lead of just over a length at the three-eighths pole was a four length lead as they came to the quarter pole and from there, no one would even remotely threaten. With jockey Jose C. Ferrer guiding her down the middle of the race track, Liz’s Cable Girl leveled off and powered her way through the last furlong, cruising home four lengths in front. Owned by Lizbeth Dodd and trained by Patrick McBurney, she was the heavy 3-5 betting favorite and paid $3.20 to win. She finished the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:11.73.

Five new members joined the Parx Hall of Fame today. Page McKenney was the lone horse inducted this year. The amazing gelding lost the first 13 races of his career before being claimed and then went on to win 22 races lifetime, including 15 stakes, with career earnings of nearly $2 million. Trainer Richard Vega was the only trainer to go in. A mainstay here at Parx since 1984 after coming to the U.S. from Cuba. As a young man, he survived the trip over open waters in an overcrowded boat and has since won over $17 million in purses training horses. Dr. Patty Hogan, Russell Jones, Jr. and Governor Ed Rendell all were elected through special achievement. Hogan has done extensive work for the industry’s model retirement program Turning for Home. Jones co-founded the highly successful purchasing and consignment company Walnut Green before becoming a PA Horse Racing Commissioner. Governor Rendell was instrumental in passing Act 71 in 2004, a major factor in rejuvenating the state’s racing and breeding industry which now supports 20,000 jobs with an economic impact of $1.6 billion annually.