Horse Racing News and Stakes Recap Sept. 19, 2015
Horse Racing News and Stakes Recap Sept. 19, 2015:
Gallant Bob Stakes – Grade III – 6 Furlongs – Three-Year-Olds – Parx
Longshot Trouble Kid (Harlan’s Holiday – Triumphantly, by Mr. Greeley) pulled off quite an upset in the Gallant Bob Stakes (GIII) at Parx. After breaking his maiden in a Parx claiming event, the gelding was able to snag a second victory in an allowance before attempting stakes company at Parx. Leaving post position 3, Trouble Kid immediately went to the lead to set a solid pace. Favored Limousine Liberal tackled him down the stretch, but Trouble Kid was able to hang on well enough to seize the victory by a neck.
Noble Damsel Stakes – Grade III Turf – One Mile – Three-Year-Old and Up Fillies and Mares – Belmont
The four-year-old Recepta (Speightstown – Honor Bestowed, by Honor Grades) claimed her first graded stakes victory in Belmont’s Noble Damsel Stakes (GIII). The turf filly broke her maiden at Saratoga as a two-year-old in 2013, and she then improved enough to win Belmont’s Chelsea Flower Stakes before falling short in a few graded stakes events. She looks to be improving yet again, though, if her performance in the Noble Damsel indicates anything. Breaking from post position five, Recepta settled in the middle of the pack and initiated a five-wide move after three-quarters of a mile. After putting away leader Miss Frost, Recepta dug in to score a half-length win over Lady Lara.
Cotillion Stakes – Grade I – 1-1/16 Miles – Three-Year-Old Fillies – Parx
I’m a Chatterbox (Munnings – Chit Chatter, by Lost Soldier) returned to her winning ways with her claim to the Cotillion Stakes (GI), a full race on Parx’s loaded card. Since winning the Fair Grounds Oaks (GII) back in March, the chestnut filly finished third in the Kentucky Oaks (GI) and collected runner-up finishes in the Coaching Club American Oaks (GI) and Alabama Stakes (GI). In the Cotillion, I’m a Chatterbox settled in fourth in the early stages of the race and steadily advanced down the backstretch. By the eighth pole, she had collared the leader, Calamity Kate, and began to run away to a two-length victory.
Pennsylvania Derby – Grade II – 1-1/8 Miles – Three-Year-Olds – Parx
After running against and losing to some of the top three-year-olds in the country, Frosted (Tapit – Fast Cookie, by Deputy Minister) was finally able to claim his own victory in the Pennsylvania Derby (GII). His most recent and first lifetime victory came in the Wood Memorial (GI) back in April, and since then he managed top four finishes in the Kentucky Derby (GI), Belmont (GI), Jim Dandy (GII), and Travers (GI). In the Pennsylvania Derby, the always speedy Mr. Z set the pace while Frosted was rather forwardly placed in fourth. Into the stretch the gray colt made an outside move and was easily able to steal the lead to win by two lengths.
PA Derby 2015 Frosted Replay: