Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., joined other tracks in the Northeast to cancel live racing on New Year's Eve because of the Arctic blast that has encompassed the region. After discussion with jockeys, management made the decision to also call off Monday's New Year's Day program.
Parx resumed racing on Saturday following a Dec. 26 cancellation, and the main track played extremely fast – so fast that a new track record was established for six furlongs. On the day's seventh race, a waiver claiming event for $12,500 claimers, Iredell scooted six furlongs in 1:07.21 under Navin Mangalee, eclipsing the former record of 1:07.51, set Sept. 24, 2011, by Royal Currier.
Owned by Run to Win Stable and Jagger Inc. and trained by Jamie Ness, Iredell forced fast fractions of :21.87, :43.81 and :55.16 en route to his final clocking, drawing off to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Th 5-year-old gelding by Curlin was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm. He was claimed from trainer Mario Serey Jr. in his last race, a $16,000 claiming event.
Racing at Parx is scheduled to resume live racing on Tuesday. The current forecast calls for high temperatures in the mid-20s.
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