I know Nellie over at The Last Filly is happy tonight, as Miss A Bomb ($11.80) took the Inaugural Stakes at Presque Isle. Steve Asmussen’s Tres Dream ($4.00) ran second, while Unforgotten ($3.00) finished third. The final time for the six furlongs was 1:11.34. Unfortunately, the race was marred by favorite Cantrel who dueled for the lead, but pulled up before the half and was vanned off. All Giving led early, but faded to finish 5th, followed by Dicey Girl who really showed nothing.
I totally missed in race 2 (with Move Clickly and Silent Tiff scratched), but, looking at the payouts, it looks like most people did. The winner Zubani ($35.40) has been training at Penn National, while second place finisher She’s Simply Sweet ($13.40) shipped in from Thistledown, while Chief Mena ($10.00 show) arrived via Churchill. I must admit, I did ponder Chief Mena seriously, primarily due to her turf pedigree (dam sire: Theatrical), but…I couldn’t select them all as winners. What a nice payout for bettors, though! The $2 daily double (9-4) paid $252.40, while the $2 exacta ($533.60) and $2 trifecta ($5,669.40) would have certainly made my day.
In the third, poor Danthebluegrassman! He was behind the entire race, and finished last, but…at least [edited to add: he is still running]; however, he was claimed by Ryan Beattie for R.J. Thoroughbred Stables LLC. Steve Asmussen got his first win here, with Catonight ($12.40), with Canadian trainer Layne Giliforte successfully launching Sugarcoat ($4.20) to finish second; longshot El Hannan’s Storm ($6.20) was third.
Scott Lake had his first winner in Mac N Mayo ($6.80) in race 4, while Todd Beattie’s favorite Ashley’s Moment ($2.60) finished ½ length back. Peppermint’s Echo ($3.60) was third.
One Eyed Joker ($8.00) was an easy winner for Michael Maker, winning by 6 lengths over Steve Asmussen’s Red Rock Creek ($3.60); Wayne Catalano’s Templar’s Cup ($3.80) finished third. Maggi Moss-owned Canela set a slow pace in the lead, but faded badly in the stretch, beating only one horse—the hapless Anasazi Moon who earned the dreaded “failed to menace.”
In race 6, Kentucky shipper Itsallboutthechase ($4.60) beat out Mountaineer-based Cryptolight ($6.60) and Delaware-shipper Tungsten ($3.20). Cat Criminal and Holiday Peak battled for the lead early, but stopped as they turned for home, finishing last and next to last respectively. Everyman moved from last to finish fourth.
Favored Indian Chant ($3.20) gave owner Maggi Moss her first winner at PID, winning wire-to-wire, with Asmussen-trained Santana Strings ($3.20) second and Kiaran McLaughlin’s Museeb third. Kingsgate Bay wasn’t awful, but did finish last.
In the finale, Slew Slammed Sue ($17.40) beat Nine Jewels ($2.40) and Captain’s Windrose ($4.00) who deadheated for place.
Over all, two races were won wire-to-wire (both sprints), while two were won by late closers (one sprint, one route). The other races saw winners who were near the leaders throughout.
Miguel Mena leads the jockey standings, with 3 wins and 2 thirds, and Eddie Martin Jr. had 1 win, 2 seconds and 3 thirds. Corey Lanerie also had a good night, with a win, 2 seconds and 1 third. As for trainers, can you believe every race was won by a different trainer? So, it’s an 8-way tie based on wins. On to Day Two!
I would love to hear from anyone who was at opening night. What were your impressions, of the track, the horses and the overall atmosphere? This is the place to dish, vent or praise...