Field of Ten 3-Year-Olds Vie for “Tom Ridge Stakes” Victory

Field of Ten 3-Year-Olds Vie for “Tom Ridge Stakes” Victory

 

Ten 3-year-old colts and geldings, who last raced at ten different race courses, all converge at Presque Isle Downs Monday evening to dash for the cash in the Tom Ridge Stakes.  Named for prominent Pennsylvania Congressman and Governor, the seventh running of the Tom Ridge Stakes boasts a purse of $100,000, and is carded as the fifth race on the Presque Isle Downs tapeta oval.  The winner of this six furlong sprint will gallop off with a $60,000 share of the purse.

Still in the early period of their careers, these sophomore sprinters are yet in the maturing stages of their running abilities.  Consequently, trainers are focusing on improving running styles from their horses in search of victory and even more lucrative racing opportunities.  And the puzzle of the betting public is to identify those horses who may now be blossoming into seasoned champions in their three-year-old campaign.

Among this diverse field are several who have already shown quite an affinity for the Presque Isle Downs artificial surface.  Pennsylvania-bred Uptown Boy has won twice here, and also ran a hard-closing second place finish in PID’s Fitz Dixon Stakes last fall.  Trainer Adam Rice is high on his charge, Triple Cross, who has three wins on the local oval.  And trainer Jeff Greenhill is hoping that his Mac the Man can once again run strongly on the artificial surface.

Invaders, though, abound, and the wagering public will be hard pressed to determine the horse best poised to score a big win.  Dan the Tin Man will use his passport to ship in from Woodbine Race Course in Toronto, where he most recently scored a stakes victory last month on a similar racing surface.  Divine Ambition appears to be the most seasoned of these youngsters, having already run in four stakes races, most recently in the Grade I Arkansas Derby last month.  Trainer Darrin Miller drops his charge back into a shorter distance, and the move just may suit Divine Ambition’s running style.  And veteran Maryland-based trainer Michael Trombetta brings from Laurel Race Course his colt Where’s Dominic, who also shortens up in distance in search of victory.

Thus the stage is set for a strong showing of youth, speed, color and ambition in the Tom Ridge. The bettors will be scratching their heads and perusing their programs to spot the winner in what appears to be a wide open race.  It all points to an exciting race whose winner will be determined in the final steps. The competitive nature of these young thoroughbreds, and their seasoned jockeys, will guarantee a thrilling show for all race fans.  First post time is 5:25 P.M.  See you at the races!!!!

Daniel Keenan

 

 

 

 

 

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7th Annual Running of Inaugural Stakes Kicks Off 2013 PID Meet

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!!

Daniel Keenan

 

 

 

 

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Derby Weekend Events

PRESQUE ISLE DOWNS & CASINO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Contact: Jennifer See 814-464-5409

 

Drive Thru Wagering Returns to Presque Isle Downs & Casino

Erie, PA — Presque Isle Downs & Casino will offer “Drive-Thru” Wagering in the lower parking lot from 11am to 6pm on the Kentucky Derby this Saturday, May 4th. The Post Time for the Derby is slated for 6:24pm. This unique wagering experience will offer people the chance to bet on their favorite horse for the first leg of the Triple Crown Races.

For those who wish to enjoy the festivities inside, Presque Isle Downs & Casino has wagering available in the Mutuels area, The Downs Clubhouse and Sensory 3 Steak House. Sensory 3 Steak House will feature its regular menu with a $50 minimum per person until 7pm. Reservations for Sensory 3 should be made by calling 814-866-8359. The Backstretch Buffet will also feature a special Derby-style menu for both lunch and dinner.

For the Derby Day traditionalists, take home a commemorative Kentucky Derby Glass with a $5 Mint Julep purchase. The casino is also featuring a Fancy Fillie Hat Contest in the Clubhouse at 5pm. The winner of the hat contest will win dinner for four at the award winning Sensory 3 Steak House. Registration will begin at 4:30pm at the Clubhouse.

“The Kentucky Derby is an exciting event at Presque Isle Downs & Casino. It also signifies the start of our live 100-day race met which begins Sunday, May 12th,” stated Mike Tamburelli, Vice President and General Manager of Presque Isle Downs & Casino.

Presque Isle Down’s live racing will take place Sundays through Thursdays with a post time of 5:25pm.

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Two More Barns Complete at Presque Isle Downs

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Contact: Jennifer See 814-464-5409

Two More Barns Complete at Presque Isle Downs

Presque Isle Downs & Casino announced that two more state-of-the-art barns have been completed that consist of 48 stalls apiece. The 1.3 million dollar project gives the facility a total of 764 stalls including a 48 stall receiving barn and a 24 stall stakes barn.

This new addition will potentially allow races to run with larger fields of horses. In 2010 race fields averaged 7.95 per race… in 2011 that number rose to 8. With the two additional barns that were in place for the 2012 live meet that number rose to 8.2. Property officials are hopeful the fields will grow even larger this year – though quality not quantity is the bigger concern.

“With the addition of two more barns we will be able to accommodate more horses,” said Mike Tamburelli, Presque Isle Downs & Casino VP and General Manager. “We hope the fields will be larger but more importantly to us is that we will continue to attract national-level competition.”

Currently the venue’s premiere race is the Grade II Masters Stakes. “Our races have featured horses that have gone on to win Breeder’s Cup races, such as Groupie Doll, Musical Romance, Informed Decision and Dubai Majesty. Gayego, who won the 2010 Presque Isle Mile and Noble’s Promise, winner of the 2009 Fitz Dixon Memorial Stakes here both ran the Kentucky Derby in their 3-year-old season,” says Presque Isle Downs & Casino Racing Director Debbie Howells.

Wise Dan who won the 2011 Presque Isle Mile has been mentioned as a nominee for an Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and Male Turf Horse of the Year. Both Groupie Doll and Musical Romance are nominees for Female Sprinter of the Year.

“In a very short span we have gone from an ungraded race to Grade II, which is remarkable,” said Tamburelli. “Our live racing product becomes better every year.”

For more information about the upcoming horse race meet please visit www.presqueisledowns.com

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