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!!!!
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