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Preakness Thurs Photos
Trainer Larry Jones leads I'm a Chatterbox in the paddock before the Cotillion Stakes.
The richest races on the continent this weekend were run on Saturday at Parx Racing with two $1 million events run at the Bensalem, Pennsylvania oval. Conditions were excellent most of the day with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 80's.
The co-feature race on Saturday was the $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, and is the only Grade 1 race run in the Keystone State. A field of 11 (10 betting interests) went to post on Saturday with Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) winner I'm a Chatterbox sent off as the 2-1 favorite off her second place finish in the Alabama (G1), both at Saratoga. In to challenge her included 3-1 second choice Embellish the Lace, winner of the Alabama, and the two-horse Stonestreet entry of Summertime Oaks (G2) runner-up Tara's Tango and Black-Eyed Susan (G1) winner Keen Pauline at 4-1.
Down the stretch in the Cotillion.
Also on the card was the Pennsylvania Derby (G2) won by Frosted.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 8 I'm a Chatterbox Geroux 6.20 3.40 2.60 9 Calamity Kate Prado 18.80 8.20 7 Peace and War Rosario 4.00 Winning Time: 1:44.48 $2 Exacta 8-9 99.00 $2 Trifecta 8-9-7 450.60 $0.10 Superfecta 8-9-7-10 174.19
Left: I'm a Chatterbox in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Larry Jones said, "We're going to be down there (at Keeneland) practicing. We're ready (for the Breeders' Cup Distaff)."
Right: I'm a Chatterbox heads back to the barn after the race.
Left: I'm a Chatterbox in the post parade.
Right: I'm a Chatterbox circles after the race. She has a record of 5 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 10 starts, earning $1,304,614 for owner-breeder Fletcher and Carolyn Gray.
Left: Second place finisher Calamity Kate heads into the paddock before the race. The 22-1 shot set the pace under Edgar Prado but was no match for the favorite in the stretch. The Kelly Breen trainee improved her record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 0 thirds in 9 starts, earning $533,868 for owners George and Lori Hall.
Right: Third place finisher Peace and War returns after the race. The 6-1 fourth choice raced 8th about 7 lengths off the pace under Joel Rosario then rallied to get third beaten 4 1/4 lengths. The Graham Motion trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 9 starts, earning $430,417 for owner Qatar Racing.
Encryption wins the Bayern Stakes
Jockey Roberto Alvarado Jr. sent 17-1 Grasshoppin to the lead and he set fractions of 23.66, 47.66, and 1:12.09 while pressed by Encryption and stalked by 7-1 Market Blaster. Entering the lane, jockey Paco Lopez sent Encryption to the front and he left the field in his wake, drawing off to win by 6 1/4 lengths over late-running 9-2 fourth choice Classic Giacnroll in 1:44.34. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to pacesetter Grasshoppin third.
Left: Encryption in the winner's circle with trainer Kelly Breen on the far left. Encryption improved his record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds in 13 starts, earning $295,070 for owner Stoneway Farm.
Right: Encryption heads back to the barn after the race.
Uncle Dave wins the Alphabet Soup Handicap
Jockey Jorge Vargas Jr. sent Uncle Dave to the lead and he set fractions of 24.50, 49.49, and 1:13.10 over the firm going while pressed by Beyond Smart and stalked by Roadhog. The pace battle betweem Uncle Dave and Beyond Smart continued for the entire race, with Beyond Smart gaining a brief lead in the stretch through 1 mile in 1:37.84, but Uncle Dave fought back to win by a head in 1:44.13. It was just a nose back to late-runnig Forward Thinker third.
Left: Uncle Dave in the winner's circle. The Marcos Zulueta trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 8 seconds, and 5 thirds in 36 starts, earning $245,936 for owner M-Z Racing Partnership.
Right: Uncle Dave heads back to the barn after the race.
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