06/18/2013 12:09PM

Dick Jerardi: Parx-based Evening Show shows signs of becoming special filly

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The 5-year-old mare Bryan's Jewel won the John Rooney Memorial Stakes and the Grade 3 Obeah on consecutive Saturdays at Delaware Park.

Trainer Kate Demasi felt pretty confident when she brought first-timer Evening Show to the Parx Racing paddock on Dec. 23, 2012 – until she saw the Tony Dutrow-trained Margin Trade.

Evening Show ran a respectable second that day, but nothing has come close to the now 4-year-old filly since then. After some time off because of a foot issue, she won her maiden at Penn National on May 15 by 10 lengths, getting a 92 Beyer Speed Figure. She went back to Penn from her Parx base on June 5 for a first-level Pennsylvania-bred allowance, winning by 18 3/4 lengths and getting a 93 Beyer.

Demasi said she thinks she might have a filly capable of winning Pennsylvania-bred stakes or even open stakes, but first things first.

“We were kind of joking about it the other day,” she said. “Let’s just knock out her [one]-other-than and two-other-than first.”

To that end, she was entered in an open first-level allowance at Parx this coming Sunday.

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Evening Show is owned by Amanda Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. She owns a really fast filly.

Margin Trade has only run once since beating Evening Show. She won at Penn by nearly 10 lengths on Jan. 17. The third horse in that maiden race, Hold It, came right back to win her maiden at Aqueduct.

Evening Show came to the Demasi barn last Nov. 2. It did not take long for everybody to figure out she had real talent. When she won her maiden at Penn, nobody in the barn was surprised. Neither were the bettors who made her 1-5.

“I thought she’d win,” Demasi said. “I didn’t think she’d win in a trouncing like it was.”

The trainer was pretty sure the filly would win her next start, too.

“She’s just really doing all the right things,” Demasi said.

Regardless of the competition, winning two races by a combined 28 3/4 lengths is serious business. Those wins, both with John Bisono aboard,were at six furlongs.

“I think this filly is going to route,” Demasi said. “She’s always trained like she’d go further. She just seems like she’s waiting for John to say go . . . I don’t think she’s just a sprinter.”

Going longer would open up a new world for Evening Show, a filly who has conquered easier worlds to date with the promise of more serious worlds in the near future.

Colonial Turf Cup this weekend

The nine-furlong turf course at Colonial Downs is the nation’s widest (180 feet). It is such a terrific surface that at a typical meet, 90 percent of the races are run on grass.

It was at Colonial where Da Hoss prepped before his tour de force in the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Mile. This Saturday, it will be the site of the $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup at 1 3/16 miles.

This will be just the ninth running, but the list of winners so far is quite serious. The first two years, it was eventual champion English Channel and the talented Showing Up, Barbaro’s stablemate. In 2010, it was Paddy O’Prado. The ninth winner will be determined Saturday.

Bryan’s Jewel wins stakes on back-to-back Saturdays

Trainer Mac Robertson thought he could be making a mistake by running Bryan’s Jewel in last Saturday’s Grade 3 Obeah Stakes at Delaware Park, a week after she won the John Rooney Memorial. The public was not as concerned, making her the 1-5 favorite in the Obeah.

The 5-year-old Bryan’s Jewel won the Rooney by nearly four lengths, the Obeah by just a neck.

“I am fortunate that I can do stupid things for owners,” Robertson said. “You know when you run back in a week you risk being wrong and you risk losing your owners if you are wrong.’’

Robertson was not wrong.

The Obeah is the local prep for the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap on July 20. Robertson, knowing the potential competition, including defending champion Royal Delta, did not sound like he was eager to jump into that fire.

Down Town Allen just keeps winning

There simply are not enough throwback horses like Down Town Allen. A 6-year-old West Virginia-bred, Down Town Allen won the Tri-State Futurity at Charles Town in 2009. And she is not slowing down. Going back to last June, she has won six straight, all statebred stakes, four last year and two this year at distances as short as 4 1/2 furlongs and as long as 1 1/8 miles. Lifetime, Down Town Allen is 17 for 32 with $740,177 in earnings for owner/trainer John Casey.

She has made only three starts outside Charles Town, but there is no reason to go out of town when you can win that kind of money against statebreds. She has been proving it for five years now.