GROUPIE DOLL takes center stage in the Masters
Erie, PA (Saturday, September 8th, 2012) – Groupie Doll continued to dominate this year’s female sprint division with a win in the Grade II Masters Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on Saturday at Presque Isle Downs. She settled early and waited patiently to make her move under the hands of jockey Rajiv Maragh. At the quarter pole, she was five and half lengths behind the pacesetters, then she rallied to overtake the lead in mid-stretch and went onto win going away by 3 ¾ lengths as the favorite at chalky 2-5 odds. “We are still pretty excited with her performance,” commented trainer William “Buff” Bradley a few days after the race. “It shaped up to be a tough field and she showed us a lot in the final sixteenth.” The Bradley connections still plan on sending her to Keeneland to run in the Grade II Thoroughbred Club of America stakes on October 6th, and then head off to California to compete in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in early November. “She came back good and will be going back to a light jog tomorrow morning (Wednesday).” Groupie Doll is hoping to become the third female horse to win the Masters and Breeders’ Cup in the same year, following in the footsteps of Eclipse award winners Informed Decision and Musical Romance.
ETERNAL RULE rules the Presque Isle Mile with a wire to wire performance
Erie, PA (Friday, September 7th, 2012) – It may have been his final career victory, but he won with style and grace taking the field of ten from gate to wire with rider Jesse Campbell in the reigns for $250,000 in the Presque Isle Mile Friday night. The Sid Attard trained gelding gave his last hurrah before retiring from a suspensory injury that occurred after the wire. It was his biggest achievement as a racehorse and now he will be spending his days grazing in the fields. Eternal Rule won six times out of seven starts including three stakes races. He also won the Achievement Stakes at Woodbine Racecourse and the Karl Boyes Memorial earlier this season at Presque Isle.
PITCH N ROLL gives another outstanding effort over the Tapeta
Erie, PA (Friday, September 7th, 2012) – The two-year-old son of graded stakes winner, Scipion, celebrated his first stakes win in the inaugural Mark McDermott Stakes in Friday’s fourth race. Trainer Ron Potts elated in the winner’s circle interview commented, “We knew he was stakes quality and ran well to prove it. He was very professional, but still a little green.” Of course, he got some assistance with jockey Huber Villa-Gomez aboard who rode him hard to the end. Connections would like to run the Pennsylvania-bred next against open company in the Fitz Dixon Stakes here at Presque Isle, or the Maryland Million Nursery at Laurel Park.
Triple Cross notched his third career victory in an open allowance race for two-year-old boys on Master’s day in preparation for his first stakes attempt over the Tapeta. Owner Taylor Rice says with confidence, “He’s not getting beat when he comes to the wire.” He won by a neck when the rider had no room on the rail and was forced to alter course to get by the leader in the final strides. He already is multiple stakes placed on the polytrack at Arlington Park and Woodbine and hopes to shine on the last day of the 2012 season in the Fitz Dixon Stakes, which is September 29th. Of course, Rice is keeping her options open. “We’ll see if he’s ready for his next start in three weeks, otherwise, there are some spots for him on opening weekend at Keeneland.” It seems wherever Rice decides will be a new experience for her and the Werblin gelding. This is the first horse she has ever owned. “My mother (Gail Rice) bred him, and my father (Wayne Rice) trains him, and both have done a great job.”
Saturday, September 29th, 2012: The Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial Juvenile Stakes; the H.B.P.A Stakes; the Presque Isle Debutante (each $100,000)
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July 10th, 2012
MYSTIC CITY sparkles in the Windward Stakes
Erie, PA (Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012) – Langpap Stables and trainer Anthony “Mike” Ferraro celebrated a wire to wire victory last week with a City Zip mare, Mystic City, holding off the late running Noble Charlotte to capture her first stakes win. “She really took to the Tapeta surface last time,” Ferraro said. “So we thought we would take a shot and get black-typed.” The five-year-old broke well and slowed down the early pace with rider Pedro Rodriquez, who shipped in from Finger Lakes to be aboard the sharp lady. Her connections plan on the Yaddo Handicap at Saratoga on August 17th for her next start.
SKY WILLOW prevails with tactical speed in the Northern Fling Stakes
Erie, PA (Friday, July 7th, 2012) – It was another great night at the races for Augustin Stables who have had their fair share of stakes victories at Presque Isle Downs including the Eclipse award winning Informed Decision. The classy grey mare won the Grade II Presque Isle Downs Masters back to back years in ‘09 and ‘10 and is now retired. After a strong finish in the Lyphard Stakes at Penn National on the grass, it was the right move by trainer Jonathan Sheppard to give Sky Willow a chance to compete in the Northern Fling on the Tapeta surface. Assistant trainer Barry Wiseman commented, “The boss said she was a good horse and she was (a good horse).” Wiseman also stated, “She has class and can run on any surface.” That she did, being a daughter of Empire Maker,who has been highly regarded for producing runners that can handle any type of track surface. This is the Pa-bred’s first stakes win and third lifetime victory.
Big night for the Ferraro stable with MOTION TO APPEAL & RYAN’S GIFT
Erie, PA (Friday, July 7th, 2012) – Trainer Michael Ferraro sent two horses in the Leematt Stakes and he finished first place with Motion to Appeal and second place with Ryan’s Gift. It was the first time the four-year-old Motion to Appealhas won gate to wire. “There was no way to take back after he broke well,” rider Dennis Carr commented during the winner’s circle interview. The son of Bellamy Road has won five races stalking the early pacesetters prior to Friday night’s victory. “I always have confidence on Mike’s horses with such live stock.” “They both have been training well at Finger Lakes and decided to take a chance,” said Ferraro. Ryan’s Gift was the morning line choice, but had a tough post position to overcome, which he drew the outermost post in the race. “He (Ryan’s Gift) made a late bid, but could not catch him,” said Ferraro.
Stable Alert: (Horses to add to your stable mail)
Abundance Of Speed – a son of Mineshaft won first time out going short by several for Timothy Hamm Stable.
Jethro Jr. – showed early speed and lasted for fourth in the Leematt Stakes for his first start in over nine months.
Upcoming Stakes: Friday, August 10th, 2012 – The Malvern Rose Stakes for three-year-old fillies
May 23, 2012
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June 22, 2012
IT’S ME MOM Stands Out in the Satin and Lace
Erie, PA (Tuesday, June 19, 2012) – Jean and Thomas Bosch’s It’s Me Mombroke away awkwardly, but quickly recovered and gained the lead with jockey Willie Martinez wiring the field at five and half furlongs in the Satin and Lace Stakes for fillies and mares three year olds and upward. She captured her seventh stakes victory and now has eleven lifetime victories out of seventeen starts. She won the ‘10 Presque Isle Debutante and 11′ Inaugural Stakes. Her connections commented that she may compete in the Grade II Presque Isle Masters on Saturday, September 8, if everything goes to plan the next few months.
Woodbine Invader ETERNAL RULE dominates the field in the Karl Boyes Memorial
Erie, PA (Wednesday, June 20, 2012) – It was another celebration for the Ontario-foaled/ sired four-year-old, Eternal Rule, whose record is now 5-0. On Wednesday night, he pressed the pace from the outside and pounced on the tiring pacesetter at the three-sixteenths pole and crossed the finish line first under a steady drive by jockey Jesse Campbell, who admits during the winner’s circle interview, “this one has a lot of talent, but there is still more to uncover with him.” This victory was the gelding’s first real test against open stakes company for owner Donald Myers and trainer Sid Attard. When asked about shipping the gelding back down here, “We love this track and it’s a short trip…so why not?” said trainer Attard.
Trainer Joe Martin who is the meet’s current leader sent out an impressive first time starter named Baby Princess. The daughter of Value Plus out of aScatmandu mare caught many people’s eyes when she wired the field winning by six lengths in Presque Isle’s opening race last Friday. Jockey Pablo Morales barely had to nudge her to keep her going once they were turning for home. “This filly is a racehorse who has been working like a monster in the mornings,” said Martin. “She did just what I wanted and now we will pick some stakes races for her, maybe the $100,000 stakes (Presque Isle Debutante) in September.”
Pitch N Roll, a debut runner from the Ron Potts stable, broke his maiden in superior fashion Saturday, winning by four and half lengths in the first at Presque Isle Downs. “I’ve only had him for six weeks, but knew I had nice one when he worked,” said Potts. The PA bred was a surprise for many paying $17.80. “I nominated him for a stakes at Delaware Park coming up in three weeks, but I plan on entering him in the new stakes for PA Bred juveniles later on.” The newly added two-year-old stakes for Registered PA Breds is Mark McDermott Stakes, slated for Friday, September 7th.
Upcoming Stakes: Tuesday, July 3, 2012: The $100,000 Winward Stakes; Friday, July 6, 2012: The $100,000 Leematt Stakes; Friday, July 6, 2012: The $75,000 Northern Fling Stakes
May 23rd, 2012
GYPSY ROBIN flies pass the wire to capture the first stakes of the new season
Erie, PA (Tuesday, May 15th, 2012) – Wesley Ward, Gatewood Bell and Wes Welker’s Gypsy Robin broke sharply, quickly gained command, and lead throughout to win the opening night feature, The PID Inaugural Stakes restricted to 3yo fillies. The winner, trained by Wesley Ward and ridden by Julio Garcia, was well meant in her first attempt over the local Tapeta surface, covering the 6-furlong distance in 1:09.88, to make it her third stakes victory in a row. The 3yoDaheer filly previously won the Grade II Beaumont Stakes in April at Keeneland and before that the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park last September.
SUM OF THE PARTS dismantles the field in the Tom Ridge Stakes
Erie, PA (Tuesday, May15th, 2012) – After the fillies competed, it was time for the 3yo boys to face each other in the co-featured event, The Tom Ridge Stakes. Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, was away alertly and set the early pace, then was challenged around the turn, but was able to pull away in the stretch under strong urging from jockey Julien Leparoux. Incidentally, the French-born Leparoux took last year’s edition of The Tom Ridge for the Greg Foley stable aboard Getaway Guy. Sum of the Parts, a Speightstown colt, is trained by Tom Amoss. This was his third career win and first victory against stakes competition.
There is a new apprentice rider here at Presque Isle Downs for the 2012 season and he has first call for the Dale Capuano stable. Bug rider Kevin Navarro has joined the local jockey colony and is off to a good start winning two races so far, the fourth race opening day with Tartan Sky and the eighth race Wednesday night aboard Coastal Dreams. Dale commented, “For a bug rider, he rides a pretty good race.” The eighteen-year-old came to the United States from Puerto Rico to be a jockey last September and has been riding in Maryland ever since, finishing in the top ten at Laurel Park in their most recent meeting. The passion for riding horses competitively runs in the family, Kevin’s brother, Joshua, has been a jockey in the states since 2009 and currently hangs his tack at Pimlico, where he also started his career galloping for Capuano.
Tuesday, June 19th, 2012: The $100,000 Satin and Lace Stakes
Wednesday, June 20th, 2012: The $100,000 Karl Boyes Memorial Northwestern PA Stakes