07/04/2016 5:24PM

Geroux takes Zipessa wire to wire in Dr. James Penny Memorial

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With Florent Geroux aboard, Zipessa wins the Dr. James Penny Memorial on Monday. The victory was her first in a stakes.

Florent Geroux did not ride very much on Sunday and Monday of Fourth of July weekend but he made the most of his time.

After winning the Grade 1, $300,000 United Nations with World Approval on Sunday at Monmouth Park in his lone start of the day, Geroux traveled Monday to Parx Racing, where he won the Grade 3, $200,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial on Zipessa for trainer Michael Stidham. In his only other Monday mount, Geroux finished second in a $25,000 maiden-claiming race at Parx.

Monday's trip to Parx, was Geroux's first since last September, when he won the Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion on I'm a Chatterbox.

Geroux put Zipessa on the lead while keeping a tight hold in the Penny Memorial, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Zipessa set comfortable fractions of 24.37, 48.72, and 1:12.36 on an open advantage over the firm course, then was not seriously challenged in the stretch while picking up the pace to score by two lengths over 2-1 second choice Tuttipaesi.

Zipessa was timed for a mile in 1:35.62 and came home in 5.80 seconds to complete the distance in 1:41.42. The victory was the fourth from seven starts for Zipessa, a 4-year-old daughter of City Zip, and her first stakes win. She paid $7.20 as the third betting choice in the seven-horse field. She more than doubled her career earnings to $227,850.

Tuttipaesi was restrained early and was a bit keen on the backstretch. She stayed to the inside into the stretch and finished well. It was 1 1/4 lengths back to Tiger Ride in third.

Tammy the Torpedo, the 17-10 favorite, stalked Zipessa to the stretch but lacked a closing response and was nipped for third by a neck by Tiger Ride.