A PA Derby Day to Remember!
Gorgeous weather, record track handle, and beautiful horses! Hot Rod Charlie simply would not be denied the opportunity to notch his first Grade 1 victory in our $1 million Pennsylvania Derby. The resounding win propelled his career earnings past the $2.17 million-dollar mark. Hot Rod Charlie was ridden by Flavien Prat for trainer Doug O’Neill and owners Boat Racing, LLC, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss. The son of Oxbow was purchased for $110,000 as a yearling in the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearling Sale.
Stonestreet Stables’ homebred Clairiere wins our $1 million Grade 1 Cotillion with jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. The bay filly is trained by Steve Asmussen, and has improved her record to 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds from just nine starts and pushed her earnings to $1,190,992. The well bred Clairiere is out of the Grade 1 winning Cavorting, who is by A.P. Indy’s champion son Bernardini. The cross is an undeniable recipe for success, and there was no arguing that she was the best bred horse on the card.
She’s not only beautiful, but she’s also once again an impressive winner! Chub Wagon, Joe-Dan Farm’s homebred daughter of Hey Chub out of Takin The Plunge, returned to the winner’s circle at Parx in the $200,000 Plum Pretty Stakes. Ridden by Jomar Torres and trained by Guadalupe Preciado, Chub Wagon has embellished her already impressive resume to 10 wins and 1 second in 11 starts.
Mind Control captured the $200,000 Parx Dirt Mile for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher to prevail over six other rivals with John Velazquez up. The five-year-old son of Stay Thirsty, owned by Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables, LLC, was passed by Silver State in the stretch but fought back to win by a head. Mind Controls records now stand at 9 wins and earnings of $1,413,229.
Hometown connections with Magic Michael win the $200,000 G3. Greenwood Cup Stakes with owners Morris Kernan Jr., Yo Berbs Racing & Jagger Inc. The son of Dramedy was far behind from the start and surged with jockey Frankie Pennington for an exciting win for trainer Jamie Ness.
What a thrill of victory for Hollywood Talent after defeating more highly regarded opponents in the G3. $300,000 Turf Monster Stakes going five furlongs on the turf with Ricardo Santana Jr. up. The ten-year-old by Talent Search was bred in Pennsylvania by Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey. This gelding had an impressive payout of $219.20 to give trainer Juan C. Vazquez his first graded stakes win off a gelding he claimed for $8,000 a year ago!
Top 3-year-old sprinter in the country, Jackie’s Warrior, had a dominating victory in the Grade 3 $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes for three-year olds going six furlongs. Owned by Kirk and Judy Robinson, the son of Hill ‘N’ Dale’s Farm Maclean’s Music had the most impressive performance of the day. A $95,000 Keeneland September sale yearling, he was bought by Kirk Robinson. Not only talented, but consistent, Jackie’s Warrior has a career record of eight firsts, one second, and one third from just 11 starts. The Gallant Bob win boosted his earnings to $1,513,964.
The winner of the $200,000 Alphabet Soup Handicap was stylishly flashy Pennsylvania-bred You Must Chill, a beautiful dappled-grey son of Winchill, out of Runaway Groom mare, Only Me. The five-year-old was under a great ride from Frankie Pennington to get a strong first stakes win, making him the leading earner for his sire, after pursuing the leader inside for trainer Jamie Ness and owners Morris Kernan, Yo Berbs and Jagger Inc.