Category: Racing

Nasa in the paddock before his debut on September 6th. ©Nikki Sherman

Son of Smarty Jones Tops Field for Saturday’s PA Nursery

A field of ten Pennsylvania-bred two year-olds will enter the gate this Saturday in hopes of capturing the most important juvenile race in the Commonwealth, the $100,000 seven furlong Pennsylvania Nursery. It’s been eleven years now since a young colt named Smarty Jones burst into the national spotlight with an eye catching and overwhelming win in this race in 2003, […]

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Miss Bullistic #1 with Jevian Toledo riding won the $75,000 Donna Freyer Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pennsylvania November 16, 2014.  Photo By Barbara Weidl | EQUI-PHOTO

Mere Inches Separate Winners of Saturday Stakes Races

On Saturday, November 16th, two sets of juveniles competed for $75,000 each at Parx Racing. The special stakes races were restricted to horses who had spent ninety days in South Carolina and paid a nomination fee to the South Carolina Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (SCTOBA). The Donna Freyer Stakes drew a field of ten two-year-old fillies that would go […]

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Parx Horses to Contest 2014 Breeders’ Cup

Parx Horses to Contest 2014 Breeders’ Cup

Looking for a Parx Racing angle for this year’s Breeders’ Cup? Take a look at these contenders before making your final picks!

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©Nikki Sherman

Rustler Hustler Surges to Victory in Tuesday Feature

Rustler Hustler returned to the races on October 21st at Parx, just over one month after giving trainer Marya Montoya her first career stakes victory in the $75,000 Banjo Picker Sprint. The six-year-old chestnut stallion by Ecton Park displayed a tremendous turn of foot in the seven furlong allowance event, echoing the closing kick that sent him to the winner’s […]

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First Responder Stakes won by Page McKenney and Frankie Pennington ©Nikki Sherman

Rainy Octoberfest Showcases Bright Stars

Rain for Octoberfest at Parx Racing has become the norm over the past few years, and October 11, 2014 was no different – yet the dreary weather failed to dampen the spirits of fans and horsemen alike. In the morning, runners of the human variety came out to participate in the annual 5K and Fun Mile Walk, which this year […]

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Appealing Cat slips through on the rail en route to a victory in the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes. ©Nikki Sherman

New Stall Application

As I am sure you are aware, a jury this summer returned a verdict requiring Parx to pay almost $8 million as a result of the tragic accident that resulted in the death of Mario Calderon. The jury found that Parx was negligent in not addressing the problem of chickens, which may spook horses, being present on the track. One […]

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California Chrome and Bayern break side by side in the PA Derby. ©Nikki Sherman

Bayern Rolls in PA Derby Over Chrome

  Bayern took the lead from the start of this year’s $1,000,000 Pennsylvania Derby (G2) and never let up, toying with fan favorite California Chrome down the backstretch before putting away his competition en route to a 5 3/4 length victory. The three-year-old colt set a new track record for 1 1/8 miles at Parx Racing, stopping the clock in […]

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California Chrome on Friday morning.

PA Derby Excitement Builds

                The Pennsylvania Derby and Cotillion horses have arrived throughout this week, and the excitement for Saturday is palpable. Each morning since Wednesday, horsemen have popped up to their closest gap to watch this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, California Chrome, hit the track for his daily exercise. And at the same time, horses […]

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California Chrome arrives at Parx Racing. ©Nikki Sherman

California Chrome Arrives at Parx

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome stepped off the Brook Ledge van this afternoon onto the grounds of Parx Racing. As usual, he was backed off the van before turning around and getting a better look at his surroundings. Assistant trainer Alan Sherman let Chrome holler once before leading him into Barn 10. Also arriving at Parx were Bob […]

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Track announcer Keith Jones reveals the Pennsylvania Derby field ©Nikki Sherman

California Chrome Draws Post 1 for Derby

With the very first pill drawn, California Chrome landed in the one-hole for Saturday’s Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby right here at Parx Racing. He is scheduled to arrive on the grounds tomorrow afternoon. Also entered in the PA Derby are G1 Haskell Invitational winner Bayern, G2 West Virginia Derby victor Tapiture, Robert B. Lewis (G2) winner Candy Boy, and Jerome […]

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