10/12/2013 4:38PM

Parx: Bravo aboard winners in Cornucopia, First Responder

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Geeky Gorgeous, with Joe Bravo aboard, defeats Atthispointintime by a head to earn her third straight stakes victory in the Cornucopia.

New Jersey-based jockey Joe Bravo completed a sweep of the two $75,000 stakes on Saturday’s card at Parx Racing when he guided Geeky Gorgeous to her third consecutive stakes victory in the six-furlong Cornucopia for fillies and mares.

One race earlier, Bravo rode Winchill for the first time and the 5-year-old rallied from fourth after the opening half-mile to beat 8-5 favorite Norman Asbjornson by three-quarters of a length in the off-the-turf First Responder.

In the Cornucopia, the 4-year-old Geeky Gorgeous ($6.20) rallied from fourth in the final furlong to foil Atthispointintime’s bid for her fifth straight victory, reaching the wire first by a head in 1:08.90. Penn National shipper She’s Ordained was third at 8-1, 3 1/2 lengths behind the runner-up. The 3-1 second choice Winning Image nosed out Evening Show for fourth after getting used up on the lead through swift fractions of 21.82 and 44.35 seconds.

A daughter of Devil His Due owned and trained by Dan Lopez, Geeky Gorgeous came into Saturday’s race following back-to-back wins at Monmouth Park in the $127,000 Regret and the New Jersey Breeders’ Handicap, where she faced males. She is now 8 for 15 with earnings of $351,140.

For the second time this season, opportunity knocked for Winchill when the First Responder was shifted from turf to the main track. As he did on Aug. 4 for his only other victory this year, Winchill capitalized on the surface switch to defeat four rivals in the 1 1/16-mile stakes.

Derby Kitten, the third choice at 5-2, checked in third with 8-5 second choice Ponzi Scheme fourth.

Trained by Kathleen DeMasi for Pewter Stable, Robert Levy, and Alex Karkenny, Winchill has won 5 of 21 starts and $266,094. The winning time on a track upgraded from muddy to fast was 1:43.20.

Stephen Stankiewicz More than 1 year ago
Jersey Joe and away you go!