Coal Front Back In Winning Groove in Parx Dirt Mile

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Coal Front wins the Parx Dirt Mile at Parx Racing
Coal Front wins the Parx Dirt Mile at Parx RacingBill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

Coal Front Back In Winning Groove in Parx Dirt Mile

Rebounding from a third-place finish in the Monmouth Cup Stakes (G3), Coal Front turned back a second-turn bid from Diamond King and inched clear from that rival for a three-quarter-length victory in the $153,500 Parx Dirt Mile Stakes Sept. 21 on the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) undercard.

Under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Coal Front sped to the early lead, setting relatively easy opening splits of :23.90 and :47.34. Then as the six-horse field advanced down the backstretch, Diamond King, who was perched on the outside, dialed up the pressure. He cut into Coal Front’s lead before poking a neck in front with a six-furlong split in 1:11.63.

Smith had something saved aboard his mount, and under urging down the lane, Coal Front asserted his superiority over the final furlong. He hit the wire with his ears pricked, finishing in 1:37.53 for a mile on a fast track at Parx Racing.

Diamond King, winner of last year’s Federico Tesio Stakes and the 2017 Heft Stakes at Laurel Park, finished second, 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Forewarned, who rallied belatedly to grab the show.

The Parx Dirt Mile was the third stakes victory of Coal Front’s 5-year-old campaign. He won the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City-District One (G2) at Meydan in Dubai Mar. 30 and the Razorback Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park Feb. 18. A year before, he won the Mr. Prospector Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, and in 2017 he won both the Gallant Bob Stakes (G3) at Parx and the Amsterdam Stakes (G2) at Saratoga Race Course.

Owned by Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains Partners, Coal Front raced in the Parx Dirt Mile in part as a test of his aptitude for a race such the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park Nov. 2, trainer Todd Pletcher said before the race.

Bred in Kentucky by Michael Edward Connelly, Coal Front, by Stay Thirsty , is the first graded stakes winner out of the Mineshaft  dam Miner’s Secret. A half brother to stakes winner Conquest Titan, he was a $575,000 purchase by LaPenta from the 2016 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training.

The heavy favorite, Coal Front paid $3.40 to win and elevated his bankroll to over $1.81 million. He has an 8-0-1 record from 12 starts

Regimental Gets The Money in South Africa for part owner Kirkwood Stables

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Capetown, South Africa

The R1,7 million Captain Al colt Regimental, owned by an illustrious group of owners, caught the eye on debut at Durbanville on Saturday when he went all the way at odds-on to seal a coup for his backers.

Ridden by the SMG Cape Town-sponsored Corne Orffer, Regimental proved too strong for the persistent and more experienced Gold Medal in the second race, a 1250m Maiden Plate, and went on to win by 0,40 lengths in a time of 76,23 secs.

Corne Orffer guides Regimental to an eye-catching debut win over Gold Medal (Pic – Chase Liebenberg)

He was purchased for R1,7 million at the 2017 Cape Premier Yearling Sale and is out of US six-time winner Crazy About Me (Lawyer Ron).

He is owned by former Mayfair Speculators Racing Manager Derek Brugman in partnership with an international mix of owners, including Mr and Mrs Antony Beck, Anna Doyle, Kip Elser of US-based Kirkwood Stables,  Dr Jill Warner of Carry On Alice fame and Henry Bozo of French-based Ecurie des Monceaux.

The Brett Crawford stable comments, published by courtesy of Phumelela Publishing, caught some punters wrong-footed as they had indicated that the obviously  smart colt ‘should need the run’. He behaved like a professional and won easily.

The Klawervlei Stud-bred galloper was snapped up from 7-2 and backed into the red before easing to an official starting price of 11-10.

On the Brett Crawford Racing website, it is stated that Regimental is ‘a nice colt, and may be green on debut. Each way chance’.

Assistant Barry Donnely was quoted on Saturday suggesting that Regimental ‘was going places and should have a money chance.’

MR. ALEC graduates at Belmont in his second start

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MR. ALEC (g, 3, Mr. Sidney–Silva {Fr} {MSW-Fr, $104,151}, by Anabaa) had only one start under his belt, an 8 1/2-furlong Monmouth maiden on the lawn Aug. 17 where he rallied late to just miss by a neck. Going another 1 1/2 furlongs here as the 2-1 choice, he went straight to the front, but was quickly challenged and passed by Asdaaf (Medaglia d’Oro). Mr. Alec was content to take back to third along the hedge and bided his time until the final turn, when he was roused and tipped out. He dueled briefly with Asdaaf before sailing right by for a 1 3/4-length triumph. He swished his tail a few times down the lane, but the rallying  Compliant (Kitten’s Joy) couldn’t catch him and had to settle for second. Mr. Alec=s dam has 2-year-old filly Sylvanella (The Factor); a yearling filly by Munnings; and a colt born this year by Flintshire (GB). His third dam is multiple French Group 1 winner Silvermine (Fr) (Bellypha {Ire}).
Lifetime Record: 2-1-1-0, $58,500
O-Ghislaine Head
B-Brookdale Thoroughbreds Inc (KY)
T-Christophe Clement.

IRISH HUSTLE stakes placed in the Elge Rasberry S

IRISH HUSTLE  (Data Link) broke her maiden in February at the Fair Grounds. After some time off, she ran 2nd in allowance company at Evangeline Downs. Next again at Evangeline and racing a mile, she was unhurried early and then cleared the field for win # 2. Now she has added black type to her pedigree page running third in the Elge Rasberry S. The three-year-old filly is owned by Martin Racing Stable LLC  and trained by  W. Bret Calhoun. She was a member of the Gallop Group at Fasig Tipton Florida.

REALM third in the Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes

Stakes winner and also multiple Graded Stakes Placed, REALM (Haynesfield) added other stakes placing running 3rd  in the Grand Prix American Jockey Club Invitational Stakes at Belmont.  Bred in Virginia by Morgan’s Ford Farm, Realm was selected by Tagg from the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall Yearling sale, paying $75,000.  He’s earned just over half a million dollars.

DEFENSE WINS 3rd in the G1 Del Mar Futurity

Second in his first start, DEFENSE WINS (Flatter) a $175,000 Kirkwood consigned 2 year old,  stepped directly into G1 stakes company and was just nosed out for the place. He is trained by Doug F. O’Neill for owners  C T R Stables LLC (Calvert), Great Friends Stable, LLC, Kramer Racing, RAP Racing, K T Racing, Steven  Keh, and Tom Mansor. This promising 2-year-old still has all his allowance conditions ahead of him.


Mucho Gusto, runner-up in the Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 20 ran a strong third in the Travers G1.

Mucho Gusto was a $625,000 two-year-old purchase at Timonium prepared and  consigned by Kirkwood

Said Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Bob Baffert, trainer of Mucho Gusto: “He’s trying. They’re tough races we’re competing in. He ran a great race. We had reason to jump up at the end and root for him. Take nothing away from the winner. He just breezed by us. We’ll go on from here. Not sure where, but we’ll find a spot.”

Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Mucho Gusto worked five furlongs in 59.20 seconds, the fastest of 39 workers at the distance. Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be shipped on Tuesday, and that his assistant Jimmy Barnes will be at the race.

Mucho Gusto won a pair of Grade 3 events at Santa Anita Park, the Laz Barerra and the Affirmed in his two previous starts before the Haskell, where he finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the winner, Maximum Security. He’s hit the board in all eight career races, including three wins, a second and a third in 2019. The chestnut colt has career earnings of $630,8