09/08/2012 4:20PM

Parx: Aggressive ride helps Sweet As You Are upset Mrs. Penny Stakes

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Sweet As You Are, a former $5,000 claimer, wins the Mrs. Penny Stakes under Angel Castillo.

Sweet as You Are pulled a 16-1 upset in the $101,500 Mrs. Penny, the richest of the five stakes for Pennsylvania-breds on Saturday at Parx Racing.

The Mrs. Penny for fillies and mares and the $77,000 Marshall Jenny Handicap for sprinters were both shifted from the turf course to the main track.

Sweet as You Are, a $5,000 claimer late last year, got an opportunistic ride from Angel Castillo.

Frontside, the 3-2 favorite, set the pace under pressure but ran out of gas midway on the final turn.

Sweet as You Are shot through the unexpected opening on the rail to grab the lead and drifted extremely wide in the lane, carrying out eventual runner-up Lenape Rim.

Sweet as You Are kept going, winning by 3 1/2 lengths. Michael Salvaggio Jr., trainer of Lenape Rim, lodged a foul claim that was not allowed.

Sweet as You Are, a 5-year-old trained by David Dotolo, paid $35.60 for her seventh win in 30 starts. The time was 1:47.36 for the 1 1/16 miles on the fast track.

Marshall Jenny: Closing Vision holds on

The overland route was the way to go in the five-furlong Marshall Jenny as Closing Vision held off Ricky’s Lite by three-quarters of a length.

Looping the field around the turn to get the lead, Closing Vision, a 5-year-old gelding, prevailed for his ninth win in 38 starts. Frankie Pennington scored his second stakes win on the card, having earlier guided Sloane Ranger to victory in the Banjo Picker. Trained by Scott Lake, Closing Vision paid $8.80 to win as the third choice.

Ricky’s Lite, the 3-2 favorite, rallied from last in the seven-horse field to narrow the gap at the finish.

Philly Bound got third.

The time was 58.26.

Banjo Picker: Sloane Ranger gets up

Sloane Ranger surged in deep stretch to beat Rod's Five Star by a head on Saturday in the $75,500 Banjo Picker Stakes at Parx Racing on Saturday.

The Banjo Picker was the first of five stakes on the Pennsylvania Day at the Races program featuring 11 races devoted exclusively to statebreds.

It was the second stakes win at the meet for Sloane Ranger, who captured the Don LeVine Memorial against open company in late June.

In the Banjo Picker, Frankie Pennington let the 6-year-old gelding settle four wide off the early pace before launching a bid on turn.

Trained by Martin Ciresa, Sloane Ranger got his eighth win in 31 starts. Vicky Showe's homebred ran the six furlongs in 1:10.04, paying $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite over second choice Rod's Five Star, at 17-10.
Phil Dancer was third.

Spring Dance makes it 2 for 2

Spring Dance is a perfect 2 for 2 following yet another decisive win in the $77,500 Dr. Theresa Garofalo Memorial for 3-year-old filly sprinters.
A homebred daughter of Dance With Ravens racing for James M. Courtney, Spring Dance won her debut at Penn National last month by 13 lengths against open company.

She didn't miss a beat in the step up to a stakes.
Spring Dance and jockey Angel Quinones took charge early in the 10-horse field, fended off pressure on the turn before steadily pulling away in the lane. The 7-10 favorite, Spring Dance finished 4 1/2 lengths better than 21-1 outsider Villette with 43-1 shot Rockinonthewater third.

The time was 1:10.82 for the six furlongs as Spring Dance, trained by Timothy Kreiser, paid $3.40 to win.

*  Tujoes beat Layers by 2 3/4 lengths in the $77,000 Roanoke.

Angel Arroyo was aboard for trainer Steve Klesaris as the 5-year-old gelding improved to 5 for 15. He paid $6.80 to win as the second choice. The time was 1:45.79.

Pollard’s Boy was third.