This Saturday Parx Racing will play host to the 12th edition of Pennsylvania's Day at the Races, a day designed to honor the Breeding industry here in the Commonwealth. The card will feature many of the best state-bred runners competing in five stake races with purses totaling $400,000 while the Breeders enjoy an afternoon of parties and pampering.
Topping the racing program is the $100,000 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 the Augustin Stable's Fugitive Angel. The 5 year-old Alphabet Soup mare makes her seasonal debut for trainer Jonathan Sheppard. A multiple stakes winner in 2011, she's the only graded winner in the field having won the G3 Valley View Stakes in October of 2010 at Keeneland and was also a close third in the G2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill just a month later. Alex Cintron has been named to ride.
The big race sprint of the day is the $75,000 Banjo Picker Sprint. Vicky Schowe's Sloane Ranger heads the field. The 6 year-old gelded son of Parker's Storm Cat won the $150,000 Don Le Vine Memorial this June here at Parx and then went on to finish a close third in the G2 Monmouth Cup at Monmouth Park three weeks later. Frankie Pennington is set to ride for trainer Marty Ciresa.
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 the lone mare in the race, Smart Angle's Madrilena. The 5 year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic will take on the boys for the first time in her career having just missed last time out in the $75K Russian Rhythm at Penn National. Four time jockey of the year here at Parx, Kendrick Carmouche has been named to ride for top trainer Tony Dutrow.
Three year-old fillies will compete in the $75,000 Dr. Teresa Garafolo Memorial at six furlongs on the main track. William Butler's Lotta Lovin tops a 10 horse field. The Repent filly has already won 3 stakes this year including a 7 length romp in the $50K Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. Her most recent effort was a win in the $75K Malvern Rose Stakes at Presque Isle. Frankie Pennington will ride for Mike Maker, trainer of last year's 2YO champ, Hansen.
The early favorite in the $75,000 Roanoke Stakes is Bonnie Heath Farm's Gondwanan. He's been third in all three career stakes starts and looks to get over the hump Saturday for trainer Tony Dutrow with Frankie Pennington set to ride.