06/03/2017 7:30PM

Dynatail overcomes objection to win Penn Oaks

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Dynatail goes gate-to-wire to win the Penn Oaks.

GRANTVILLE, Pa. - Dynatail has her quirks but she overcame them to go wire to wire Saturday evening in the $200,000 Penn Oaks at Penn National.

Dynatail, a $5,000 2-year-old buy, is  4 for 9 in her career with earnings of $225,000 for trainer Mike Dini and her owner, the Ballybritt Stable. She has had a tendency to drift in her races and actually bolted at the quarter pole in a race at the Meadowlands last October.

Dyntatail set the early pace in the Oaks, a mile turf race, on a short lead inside Viva Vegas. She made a clear lead in upper stretch, and then held Party Boat safe by three-quarters of a length.

She drifted out a bit in the stretch under jockey Luis Saez and had to withstand a jockey's objection from Feargal Lynch, the rider of Party Boat, to secure the win.

"She tried to drift out a little in upper stretch and that's why I didn't hit her," Saez said. "I just took a hold and kept her going straight."

Lynch tried to split horses just as Party Boat moved up to challenge Dynatail from the outside in upper stretch but the hole was tight and Party Boat could not get through. She ended up inside the winner at the wire.

Dyntatail was coming back on 15 days' rest after finishing third, beaten a length, in the Hilltop Stakes at Pimlico on Black-Eyed Susan Day.

"She wouldn't go ahead of those horses at Pimlico," Dini said. "As soon as the winner went by she started running again."

Dini said he opened Dynatail's blinkers up a little for this race.

"She's been trying to see other horses," he said. "I may want to take the blinkers off someday."

Dynatail paid $11.40 to win and covered the course in 1:34.63.

Adorable Miss, who challenged outside horses in the stretch, finished third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Party Boat

New Start: Grand Prix knocks off Rose Tree

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Grand Prix and jockey Javier Castellano got the jump on odds-on favorite Rose Tree in the $10,000 New Start, a six-furlong race for Pennsylvania-bred 3-year-old fillies, and held her off in the stretch to win by one length.

Grand Prix paid $5.80 and was timed in 1:09.61.

By Tale of the Cat out of Be Envied, Grand Prix is a half-sister to last year's champion Filly and Mare Sprinter Finest City, who won the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Hank Nothhaft bred both fillies and owns Be Envied. Nothhaft sold Finest City as a weanling.

Grand Prix made her first nine starts in California, where Nothhaft lives, prior to the New Start. He said she would race in Pennsylvania, where Nothhaft is originally from, this summer and that Gary Mandella would remain her trainer. She is currently stabled with trainer Keith Nations at Delaware Park.

Among the races Nothhaft is considering are the Malvern Rose at Presque Isle Downs and the Mrs. Penny at Parx in September.

Ianthe finished third in the New Start, 2 1/4 lengths behind Rose Tree.

Lyphard: Castellano doubles up

It looked as if Firsthand Report was going to run off early in the $100,000 Lyphard, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Pennsylvania-breds as he opened up a sizable lead while covering the opening quarter-mile in 23.60 seconds. But  Castellano took a hard hold, let the field catch up to him, and then turned back several challenges to win by a neck.

The victory was the second consecutive stakes win on the card for Castellano. Firsthand Report is trained by Todd Pletcher.

Firsthand Report paid $7.20. He was timed in 1:42.60 after fractions of 48.85, 1:12.79, and 1:36.51.

Imply, mounted a four-wide bid on the far turn but could not get by the winner in the stretch and finished second. Lillie's Answer was third, three-quarters of a length farther back.

Danzig: Castellano again

Castellano completed a sweep of the three $100,000 Pennsylvania-bred stakes on the program when his mount, The Critical Way, came back on after appearing beaten in upper stretch to take the Danzig Stakes.

The Critical Way set the early pace inside Midtowncharlybrown. He was headed by that rival on the far turn of the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds, and dropped almost a length behind. The Critical Way steadily inched his way back to contention during a heated stretch battle and ultimately scored by a half-length.

The Critical Way, owned and trained by Mick Ruis, is now 2 for 2 in his career. He won an open Santa Anita maiden race in his debut May 6. Ruis said the Pa.-bred son of Tizway would return to California but he did not have a specific next race in mind for him.

The Critical Way paid $4 to win as the second choice behind Midtowncharlybrown. He was timed in 1:10.29.

Sepicato finished third, 3 1/4 lengths behind Midtowncharlybrown.