Wednesday September 13, 2017 | Barn Notes 2017 #9
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Bernie Houghton’s Advert (Lonhro Aus – Allude) wins this year’s Malvern Rose Stakes for PA 3YR Fillies by a widening length. Going off at 10-1 odds, Advert took control of the race at mid-stretch and prevailed, winning her first stakes. Jonathan Sheppard’s Rose Tree was second, followed by Ryan Walsh’s Tulsa Queen.
Tim Girtin’s OldZFourFortyTwo posted a huge upset in this year’s Mark McDermott Stakes for 2YR PA Colts. Going off 22-1 odds set right off the pace and took control in the deep stretch to spring the upset. Ron Potts’ After Burner and Kitchen Fire got a little black-type for their efforts. OldZFourFortyTwo (OffleeWild – Salander) received an additional $15,000 Sire Bonus, raising his purse earnings to $74,000 for the race!
The Grade II $400,000 Master’s drew 71 nominations, led by last year’s troubled show horse, Bar of Gold. The John Kimmel trainee is coming off of a good stakes win in the Yaddo B at Saratoga. There were 13 Graded Stakes winners nominated, with more than half of them showing strong interest of running in this year’s main event. The race will be run on Monday, September 18th with entries taken Wednesday, September 13th.
The $200,000 Presque Isle Mile for older colts & gelding going one mile drew 64 nominations. Five are millionaires, 18 are graded stakes winners and 14 have won some sort of stakes in their careers. Roger Attfield’s Are You Kidding Me appears to be the millionaire who has pointed for this race. The Canadian invader has been knocking at the door, just missing in his last three starts. The Presque Isle Mile will be run on Sunday, September 17th.
Mrs. Henry Paxson for 2YR PA Fillies:
Anthony Margotta Jr’s Bronx Beauty heads up a nomination list of 21. Bronx Beauty is the only stake winner on the nomination list. Eddie Coletti Jr.’s Dixie Serenade and Tim Girtin’s Stardoza appear to be ready to get some black type. The Paxson will be run on Sunday, September 17th.
Long-time Director of Racing, Debbie Howells, has decided to hand in her tack so to speak. She gave 19 years of dedicated work, always being the first one in the building and one of the last to leave. She will be missed by her team and horsemen. Enjoy your retirement, Debbie! Love you man.