04/15/2017 4:31PM

Astrollinthepark wins stakes debut in Austintown Filly Sprint

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Astrollinthepark, with Mitchell Murrill aboard, wins the Austintown Filly Sprint by two lengths Saturday.

Astrollinthepark won her third straight race and her stakes debut Saturday at Mahoning Valley, leading most of the way in the $75,000 Austintown Filly Sprint and prevailing by two lengths over Crabcakes. Astrollinthepark ($3.20) was heavily favored in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies, while Crabcakes was the second choice at just over 2-1.

Astrollinthepark dueled for the lead with Ivy’s College Fund through a quarter-mile in 23.35 seconds before building a two-length advantage through a half-mile in 46.16 and preserving her lead to the wire, finishing the six-furlong test on a fast track in 1:11.73. Mitchell Murrill was aboard for trainer Larry Jones and owner Dreamchaser Thorobreds. The filly by Divine Park has three wins and a runner-up finish in four starts for $101,740 in earnings.

"This filly has a lot of talent," Murrill said. "She is a great big filly and broke just a bit awkwardly but was right up on the bridle in the matter of a few strides and did the rest. She dragged me to the lead heading into the turn, and all I did was give her a couple of left-handed reminders in midstretch to keep her focused."

Crabcakes began her career with three straight wins for trainer Bernard Houghton and owner Buckingham Farm, including a score over fellow Maryland-breds in the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship at Laurel Park in December. She’s finished second in her last two starts, including a loss to China Grove in the $75,000 Wide Country Stakes at Laurel in February.

Earlier on the card, Coincidentally ($7.60) romped by six lengths as the slight favorite in the $75,000 Howard B. Noonan Stakes, a six-furlong test for Ohio-bred 3-year-olds, with second choice Hansenation finishing a neck ahead of Mr Giggles for second.

Jaime Rodriguez rode the winner, a Super Saver gelding who finished in 1:12.43. Trained by Timothy Hamm for owners and breeders WinStar Farm and Blazing Meadows Farm, Coincidentally has won four of seven starts and earned $105,225.