12/31/2016 4:37PM

Ms Locust Point impresses in Gin Talking Stakes

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Ms Locust Point, ridden by Jorge A. Vargas Jr., wins the Gin Talking Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Saturday.

Ms Locust Point made short work of her six 2-year-old filly rivals in the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes at Laurel Park on Saturday, moving to the front soon after the start, rattling off quick fractions, and winning by 4 1/4 lengths.

Ms Locust Point, a daughter of Dialed In who was ridden by Jorge Vargas Jr., was timed for the seven furlongs in 1:22.43. Her clocking was 0.28 seconds faster than Irish War Cry, a 2-year-old colt, went two races earlier in winning the Marylander Stakes.

Ms Locust Point paid $4.20. She is owned by Jim Reichenberg and Bruno De Julio and is trained by John Servis. Last year's Gin Talking was won by the Servis-trained Cathryn Sophia, who would go on to win the Kentucky Oaks.

Star Super, who raced three wide just off the early pace, was clearly second-best and finished 6 1/2 lengths ahead of Lucky Malibu in third.

Jennings: John Jones wins again

John Jones led from start to finish in the $75,000 Jennings Stakes, winning for the fifth time in six starts since being claimed by owner Matt Schera and trainer Lacey Gaudet for $25,000 in July.

Jockey Luis Garcia, aboard John Jones, slowed down the early tempo in the one-mile Jennings while being track by Ravenheart and Final Prospect. Following fractions of 25.05, 48.65, and 1:12.26, John Jones pulled away to win by five lengths.

John Jones paid $3 and was timed in 1:36.34. Rockinn On Bye rallied from last position to finish second, a head in front of third-place Kaitain.

Just Jack, the 3-1 second choice in the six-horse field of Maryland-breds, was rallying into second position in midstretch when he fell hard and threw jockey Alex Cintron. Just Jack did not have any broke bones, according to track officials, but was euthanized. Cintron got to his feet and reportedly was not badly injured. He took off his remaining mounts on the card.

Laurel Park did not show a replay of the Jennings because of the incident.

John Jones, a 4-year-old, gelded son of Smarty Jones, won the Maryland-bred Mister Diz Stakes, two optional-claiming races, and a starter race after being claimed. Prior to the Jennings, he was sent to Gulfstream Park for the $190,000 Claiming Crown Jewel and finished third, beaten two lengths.

"This horse is one of the easiest horses to care for in my barn," Gaudet said. "He tries hard every time, and you can't fault him for that Florida race because he gave it his all."

Marylander: Irish War Cry by a nose

Irish War Cry won his career debut easily by 4 1/2 lengths. He had to fight a lot harder in the $100,000 Marylander Stakes, defeating stakes winner O Dionysus by a nose after a quarter-mile duel.

Irish War Cry broke alertly and was eager early, but jockey Feargal Lynch held him hard and kept him on the lead, outside Undulated. Irish War Cry took the lead on the far turn but was almost immediately joined from the outside by O Dionysus and leading rider Jevian Toledo. The pair battled tooth and nail for the length of the stretch, with Irish War Cry winning the head bob after a long photo.

Irish War Cry paid $2.60 in the five-horse field of 2-year-olds. He completed the seven furlongs in 1:22.71 following splits of 23.90, 47.26, and 1:10.72 – meaning the top two got their final furlong in 11.99.

Irish War Cry was bred in New Jersey by his owner, Isabelle de Tomaso. The son of Curlin is trained by Graham Motion.

Undulated finished third, 10 lengths behind O Dionysus.