Barn Notes #7

Bound and Dynamic Strike win PA Bred Stakes

The Bernie Houghton trained Bound got up in time to win this year’s edition of the NORTHERN FLING. Bound sat right off the pace setter R-Frosty One to get up in the last 50 yards to win her 3rd PA Bred Stakes of her career. She pushed her career earnings to over $400,000. R-Frosty One hung on for the place with Valued Strike running a good third!

The LEEMATT STAKES for the boys saw a fast flying Dynamic strike getting up in the last strides to overtake the favorite Granny’s Kitten by a neck! Grand Old Game set the fractions and hung on for the Show!

Dynamic Strike’s win was the first stakes in for trainer Gerald Brooks and owner Ronald Clark. “The Strike” was claimed for $32,000 at Pimlico in his last race with the LEEMATT as their goal.

Nominations close Wednesday, July 27, for The MALVERN ROSE STAKES for 3 year old PA Bred Fillies going One Mile, $100,000 guaranteed. Race to be run Sunday, August 7.


Barn Notes #6

30 Days Gone Already?!!

It’s hard to believe that we are a third of the way thru the 2016 Race Meet! Antonio Gallardo seems poised to take his third riding title in a row. He has opened up a commanding 13 win lead over his closest Friend and Rival, Pablo Morales.

The training title is much closer as it appears it’s anybody’s title to win. Ron Potts is currently in front with a slim 2 win margin. Teresa Connelly, last year’s winner, is tied with Dale Capuano with 12 wins each.

This Sunday, the attention turns to the older Registered PA breds as we have 2 stakes, THE LEEMATT STAKES for the boys and THE NORTHERN FLING STAKES for the girls. Both races are run at 1 mile and the purse has been increased to a cool $100,000!

The Northern Fling drew a stellar field of 9 older Filly and Mares. Bound, R-Frosty One, and Bekki’s Dance should be the ones to beat as they have been running against the best PA breds the past few years. Valued Strike and Bella Flor might be ready to spring the upset against their older foes. THE NORTHERN FLING will be carded as the 5th race on Sunday, July 10 with a post time of 7:05pm.

THE LEEMATT STAKES drew a fine field of 12. Granny’s Kitten, Roxbury N Overton, Helm and Forward Thinker should receive a lot of support as they have been running well against open company. Grand Old Game, Dynamic Strike and Hollywood Talent are the local hopefuls. THE LEEMATT has a 7:55pm post time and is carded as the 7th race, also on Sunday, July 10.


Barn Notes #5

The Satin and Lace Stakes on Father’s Day brought out 2 of the top Tapeta™ mares in this region, Disco Barbie and Cactus Kris. The large crowd wasn’t disappointed as the two (2) mares battled head to head down the stretch as Disco Barbie prevailed by a head over her longtime foe! Late Spring was a good third!

The Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern PA Stakes run the following day had a field of 11 older horses. Stormofthecentury at 25-1 broke on top and never looked back as he went on to score a convincing 2 length win! The favorite Good by Greg finished second and the fast closing Rapid Dan was third.

Nominations close Wednesday, June 29th for two PA Bred Stakes, The Northern Fling Stakes for Fillies and Mares and The Leematt Stakes. Both races will run at One Mile for Three Year Olds and Upward on Sunday, July 10, with purses of $100,000.


Barn Notes #4

Two Evenly Matched Stakes

The Satin and Lace (Sunday, June 19) drew an evenly matched field of 9. Two (2) of the local horses Cactus Kris and Disco Barbie might have a slight edge over the rest of the field due to their success over the Tapeta surface. The out of town horses Thirteen Arrows, Lindisfarne and Late Spring are using the race for a Prep for the Grade II Masters Stakes which is the premier race of the Meet.

The rest of the field includes Haines City, Tahnee, Granny’s Drink and Once More For Love. The Satin and Lace Stakes will be contested as the 7th Race on an 8 race card on Sunday with an approximate post time of 7:55pm.

The Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes (Monday, June 20) drew 15 entries. The field is headed by last year’s winner Dazzled Saint. This year’s race is wide open as everyone has a shot to win! Choctaw Chuck should have a lot of support as he is coming off a good win in the Prep for this race. There is plenty of speed to try and slow down Dazzled Saint. Good Bye Greg, Chief Exchanger and Breakin The Fever will be the ones to try to soften the “Saint” up. This may benefit the closers Speightsong, County Corrections, Storm of the Century and the PA Bred Starling’s Law. The rest of the Field consists of long shots Hold On Smokey, Samurai Zip and Rapid Dan. The Karl Boyes Memorial Stakes is carded as the 5th Race on an 8 race card on Monday with an approximate post time of 7:05pm.


Barn Notes #3

Antonio Gallardo (27 wins) seems on his way to defending his Riding Title as he opens up an 11 win lead on his closest rivals: Pablo Morales (16 wins) is second; Huber Villa-Gomes (12 wins) and Ronnie Allen (12 wins) are tied for third. Willie Martinez and Mario Pino are also in contention with 10 wins each.
The trainer standing is much closer as Dale Capuano (8 wins) has a slim lead over last year’s Leading Trainer, Teresa Connelly (7 wins). Ron Potts (6 wins) and Gerald Brooks (5 wins) are also making strong runs at the Title!
June offers 2 stakes races. The Satin and Lace (Sunday, June 19) and the Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern PA (Monday, June 20)
Condition Book #2 is on-line and Printed Books are available in the Race Office.


Barn Notes #2

“NO HOLDING BACK BEAR” took control from the tart and never looked back as he went on to win the $100,000 Tom Ridge Stakes in a sizzling 1:08.1. “HOLDING GOLD” finished second with “DON’T BE SO SALTY” hanging on for the Show!
Huber Villa Gomez tops the Jockey standings after the 1st week, with an outstanding 6 wins from 19 starts. Mario Pino is second with 5 wins from 15 starts.
Ron Potts leads the training standings with 3 wins from 7 starts. Gerald Brooks and Ryan Walsh are in a dead heat for second with 2 wins each.
Nominations close Wednesday, June 8, on two (2) stakes for older horses, The Satin and Lace Stakes for Fillies and Mares and the Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern PA Stakes. Both stakes will be contested at 5 ½ Furlongs and each carry a $100,000 purse.


Barn Notes #1

Presque Isle Downs launches its 10th Season of Live Racing. Teresa Connelly who became the first women to finish as the Track’s leading trainer returns as well as runners up Wayne Race and Gerald Brooks.
Leading Rider Antonio Gallardo returns as well as Pablo Morales, Mario Pino, Ronnie Allen and Willie Martinez.
Highlighted by the Presque Isle Mile on September 18th and the Grade II $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes for Fillies and Mares, 6 ½ Furlongs on September 19th, Presque Isle will offer the same 12 Stake package as last year. Each of the five (5) Pennsylvania Bred Stakes received a $25,000 purse boost to $100,000.
The 100 day meet will follow the same Sunday to Thursday schedule through October 6th with the first post at 5:25pm.