7th Annual Running of Inaugural Stakes Kicks Off 2013 PID Meet
Racing returns to Presque Isle Downs Sunday, May 12, with the first of 100 hundred days of live thoroughbred racing. Racing days are Sunday through Thursday evening, with eight races each night starting at 5:25 P.M.
The Inaugural Stakes, carded as Sunday’s fourth race, features top 3 year old fillies sprinting six furlongs for a share of the $100,000 purse money. The winner’s share is $60,000. These lightly raced young ladies are still growing into their potential as race horses, and considerable talent has already been quite evident. For many, this race represents a stepping stone into even higher quality stakes racing.
Maryland-based trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. will ship in with one of his star fillies, namely, Jewel of a Cat. In five races, she has not run worse than second, garnering three victories, most recently in the Stormy Blues Stakes at Pimlico last month. Her form indicates that she is improving with every race, and should gather in considerable wagering interest.
Another serious contender in the Inaugural is Cor Cor, a Florida-bred speedster trained by Joan Scott. Cor Cor’s credentials include an impressive turf sprint victory in the Battle of New Orleans at the Fair Grounds in February. Her versatility has been shown on turf, dirt, and artificial surfaces similar to that of Presque Isle Downs. Her blazing early speed has propelled her to four wins in just five starts, and she appears to be the one to catch.
Also gaining wagering interest should be Gold Edge, trained by Chicago-based trainer of note Wayne Catalano. Gold Edge is the only Graded Stakes winner in the field, having won the Grade III Arlington Lassie Stakes last fall. And although Gold Edge has not raced yet in 2013, she has trained well on the artificial surface at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky, in preparation for returning to winning ways in the Inaugural.
Canadian-based filly Leinan, the top money-earner in the eleven horse field, ships in across the border from Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, hoping to use her success on the artificial surface there to close sharply on the early pacesetters. Trained by Josie Carroll, Leinan has scored two wins and two seconds on synthetic courses.
Other contenders loom, however, to blossom into their own early in their careers to score an upset victory. Boss Barney’s Babe, trained by Bret Calhoun, has shown good closing style lately, and Ohio-bred champion Significant Bling, under tutelage of trainer Tim Hamm, once again tries for victory in open competition. And let us not forget Baby Princess, who is two-for-two at the Presque Isle Downs oval.
Thus the Inaugural shapes up to be a highly competitive dash, with numerous wagering opportunities for the seasoned or the novice horseplayer. The return of racing in Erie provides the action, color, speed, and the athletic talent of both horse and jockey, upon which the Presque Isle Downs track has prided itself in presenting since 2008. And the Inaugural Stakes is indeed one of its signature events. You can bet on it!! See you at the races!!
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