Wide Open Field Set to Contest Le Vine Memorial at ParxA highly contentious field of twelve will enter the gate for Saturday’s running of the $100,000 Donald Le Vine Memorial Handicap at Parx Racing. Contested at seven furlongs on the main track, the Le Vine Memorial is the track’s top sprint race for older horses and is named in honor of long time state steward, the late Don Le Vine.
The 5-2 morning line favorite is John Trippi & William Thayer’s Traffic Light. A standout sprinter at Parx, the 5 year-old gelded son of Peace Rules really came into his own during his three year-old season and while lightly raced, has been a force ever since. While racing only three times last year, his signature win of 2013 came in this race. He sat a stalking trip before taking the lead at the top of the stretch and then holding off the late charge of Brujo de Olleros to win by a neck at the salty price of 10-1. He won’t be 10-1 on Saturday. He opened his 2014 campaign after a 10 month layoff running fourth here in the seven furlong Lyman Handicap on May 3rd and then was clearly back in form in his next start at Monmouth Park, going wire to wire in a high priced optional claimer. Trainer Freddy Velazquez has named John Bisono to ride.
Opening as second choice at 7-2 is The Elkstone Group’s Edge of Reality. This will be the seasonal debut for the 4 year-old Lawyer Ron colt who won 4 of 10 starts last year, including a victory here at Parx in the G3 Smarty Jones Stakes on September 2nd. Now racing out of the Graham Motion barn after spending his three year-old year with Tony Dutrow, he’s worked exceptionally well coming into the race. Training at Fair Hill, he shows a bullet work on June 7th, buzzing five furlongs in 1:00.20. He clearly enjoys the surface here, with all four of his career wins coming over the local track. Kendrick Carmouche will be in the saddle.
The Le Vine features another graded winner, Falling Sky. The 4 year-old Lion Heart colt racing for Newtown Anner Stud & Joseph Bulger was a dominant winner back in February in the G3 Gulfstream Park Sprint, going gate to wire at 14-1, cruising home five and a half lengths in front. As a three year-old, he ran third behind Verrazano and Java War in the G2 Tampa Bay Derby and will be getting some needed class relief come Saturday having been well beaten in his last two starts, the G2 Gulfstream Park Handicap and the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes. Edgar Prado will come in to ride for George Weaver.
Goodtimehadbyall (Jorge Navarro, 10-1), Piquant (Lupe Preciado, 20-1), Escrow Kid (Carl Doran, 12-1), Adirondack King (John Servis, 12-1), Arlo (Cynthia Reese, 10-1), Mezzano (Alan Goldberg, 12-1), Rustler Hustler (Marya Montoya, 20-1), Brothersofthetime (Jorge Navarro, 20-1), and Cop a Tude (Graham Motion, 15-1) complete the field.