05/07/2016 4:58PM

Abiding Star makes Parx Derby fifth straight win

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Abiding Star, with J.D. Acosta riding, scores by 1 3/4 lengths in the $100,000 Parx Derby.

Abiding Star extended his winning streak to five races with a front-running score as the odds-on favorite in Saturday’s Parx Derby at Parx Racing.

It was one of three $100,000 stakes on the card at the suburban Philadelphia track.

As usual, Abiding Star ($3.20) was sent to the front by J.D. Acosta in the mile-and-70-yard Parx Derby. Abiding Star, a 3-year-old son of Uncle Mo, reeled off fractions of 46.05 seconds and 1:10.08 while comfortably in front by a length. He increased his advantage to 2 1/2 lengths at the eighth pole and repelled a mild challenge from Discreet Lover, finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front while completing the distance over a track rated “good” in 1:41.22.

Discreet Lover, still eligible for a first-level allowance, easily was second-best, finishing nine lengths clear of Let Me Go First, the 3-1 second choice.

Trained by Ned Allard for Stonehedge LLC, Abiding Star is now 5 for 11 with earnings of $202,385.

Miss Inclusive takes Parx Oaks

Miss Inclusive won her second straight race locally since shipping north from Oaklawn Park when she ran down previously unbeaten Eighth Wonder in deep stretch of the Parx Oaks.

Ridden by Joshua Navarro for trainer John Servis, Miss Inclusive ($8) erased a 1 1/2-length deficit in the final furlong. She drew even with 3-5 favorite Eighth Wonder approaching the sixteenth pole and edged clear to win the mile-and-70-yard race for 3-year-old fillies by a half-length. The winning time was 1:42.18.

Eighth Wonder, making her first start since November and racing beyond 6 1/2 furlongs for the first time, was in front between two and 3 1/2 lengths through the first six furlongs in 1:10.93. She drifted out under left-handed urging by Jose Flores and had to settle for second.  Little Cyclone was third at 15-1, four lengths behind the runner-up.

A daughter of Include owned by Mainline Racing Stables and Joshtylane, Miss Inclusive is now 3 for 6 with earnings of $123,750.

Disco Chick takes My Juliet

The 5-year-old mare Disco Chick, part of the exacta in all five starts she has made since mid-September, won the first stakes of her 25-race career in the six-furlong My Juliet for fillies and mares.

Disco Chick ($7.60), ridden by Hector Caballero for trainer Mario Serey Jr.,  dueled in the opening quarter-mile in a blistering 21.72 seconds with Burn Control, but drew clear by 1 1/2 lengths through a half-mile in 44.43. She opened up by 3 1/2 lengths in the stretch and held off a late challenge from 2-1 favorite Four Inch Heels to prevail by a three-quarters of a length. The winning time was 1:09.88.

Burn Control held off Navajo Kitten by a neck for third.

Two separate riders filed objections against the winner for interference in the opening quarter-mile, but the stewards disallowed both claims of foul.

Disco Chick, second in a pair of stakes at Laurel in her two most recent starts, has now won 7 of 25 and $408,800. All seven of her victories have come at Parx.

A daughter of Jump Start, Disco Chick is owned by Freedom Acres. She was a troubled sixth in last year’s My Juliet.