Math Wizard Springs 31-1 Upset In Pennsylvania Derby

Saffie Joseph, Jr. is well aware of what it means to win his first Grade 1 race in North America. The Barbados native had a lot of success in his home country, becoming the youngest trainer ever to saddle a Triple Crown winner at the age of 22. Ten years later, co-owner Joseph sent out […]

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MATCH Series Heads To Parx For Big Labor Day Card

A battle in the Filly and Mare Sprint—Dirt Division and three other races that will play a role in which horses qualify for bonus money for their owners and trainers headline the MATCH Series as part of a 12-race program at Parx Racing on Labor Day, Sept. 2. The four MATCH stakes—races 5 through 8—comprise […]

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Uptowncharlybrown Sends Out Full Brothers In Chocolatetown Sprint Stakes

It’s not often that two full brothers race against each other, let alone in back-to-back stakes. But then again, the success of their Pennsylvania-based sire and the partnership that owns and bred them is unusual to say the least. The brothers—4-year-old gelding Midnightcharly and 5-year-old horse Midtowncharlybrown—are owned by Uptowncharlybrown Stud and their breeder, Godric […]

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Claiming Crown Winner Aztec Sense Voted Pennsylvania’s Horse Of The Year

It’s difficult to get much better than perfect. Racing eight times last year, Joseph Besecker’s Aztec Sense won all eight races, including five stakes, and at the annual horsemen’s awards banquet Wednesday evening, he was honored as the top thoroughbred in Pennsylvania for 2018. Claimed by trainer Jorge Navarro from a start here at Parx […]

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Call Paul Gives Irad Ortiz Graded Stakes Double In Swale

Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. swept the first two graded stakes on Gulfstream’s Saturday card, taking the G3 Forward Gal with 1-2 favorite Feedback and coming right back to win the G3 Swale Stakes with 3-2 top choice Call Paul. Owned by Michael Dubb, David Simon, Bethlehem Stables and Bruce Irum, the 3-year-old son of Friesan […]

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Presque Isle Downs Joins Pennsylvania’s Rush To Sports Wagering

With an impending deal for Churchill Downs to purchase Presque Isle, it was unsurprising that the Pennsylvania oval became the third track in the state to apply for a sports wagering license. According to, Presque Isle’s application was received by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Dec. 7. Though the PGCB is scheduled to meet […]

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Call Paul Makes It Look Easy In Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes

Coming into Saturday’s $100,000 Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes for two year-old state-bred colts and geldings, on paper, it appeared that Call Paul held a major class advantage over his seven rivals. Already a Grade 2 winner at Saratoga this summer, winning the Saratoga Special in August, and then a solid third in the Grade 1 Champagne […]

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MATCH Winner Page McKenney Inducted Into Parx Hall Of Fame

Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney had already accomplished quite a bit before his 2018 campaign ended prematurely with retirement in August, but he left the racetrack with additional recognition: a MATCH Series division title and induction into the Parx Racing Hall of Fame. Page McKenney, owned by Adam Staple and Jalin Stable and trained by Mary Eppler, […]

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The Man Impressive On Pennsylvania’s Day At The Races

The 18th edition of Pennsylvania’s Day at the Races Saturday at Parx featured five $100,000 stakes for state-breds and with six additional races carded it was the first time ever that purses reached in excess of $1 million for a program run strictly for horses bred here in the Commonwealth. The Man proved unbeatable again […]

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