Updated on 09/07/2013 4:23PM

Parx: Carmouche collects two stakes wins aboard Pennsylvania-breds

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Norman Asbjornson, ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, wins the Roanoke Stakes for Pennsylvania-breds.

Norman Asbjornson, facing Pennsylvania-breds for the first time since he was a 2-year-old in the fall of 2010, rallied in deep stretch to score by a length over 2-1 second choice Winchill in the $86,750 Roanoke Stakes at Parx Racing.

It was one of five stakes on an 11-race program Saturday devoted exclusively to Pennsylvania-breds.

Based in Maryland with trainer Carlos Mancilla, Norman Asbjornson ($4.80) was racing at Parx for the first time since he won a third-level optional $40,000 claimer in January 2012. He is now 4 for 7 locally and 6 for 24 lifetime with a bankroll of $520,100 for owners Thomas McClay and Harry Nye.

Kendrick Carmouche, picking up the mount for the absent Jeremy Rose, saved ground for most of the trip but found no room for his mount to launch his rally on the far turn and entering the stretch. Carmouche finally took Norman Asbjornson out to the middle of the track and he made up a 1 1/2-length deficit from third in the final furlong to complete 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:42.93.

Carmouche collected his second stakes win of the card when he guided Ski Holiday ($31.80) to a half-length victory over Sixth and Arch in the $78,000 Mrs. Penny, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

A 4-year-old filly trained by Graham Motion for Augustin Stable, Ski Holiday was coming off a third-place finish in a nonwinners-of-three-lifetime allowance on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. Now 3 for 8 lifetime, Ski Holiday had not won since August 2012 at Penn National.

Thjs Ain't No Bull thrives on turf

This Ain’t No Bull, claimed for $5,000 last winter, improved to 3 for 3 since he was switched to turf by trainer Cynthia Reese when he nosed out fast-closing Love Those Boots in the $79,562 Marshall Jenney Handicap.

The 6-year-old This Ain’t No Bull ($9.80) won his turf debut in a $12,500 starter allowance at Atlantic City in late April, but was unable to get another race he entered to stay on grass until July 28, when he won a second-level optional $25,000 claimer.

Under Parx’s leading rider, John Bisono, This Ain’t No Bull ran five furlongs on firm turf in 55.85 seconds.

Love Those Boots just missed while making his first start since was claimed for $22,000 two weeks ago out of a seventh-place finish at Monmouth Park.

Rispoli makes right call in Garofalo

Penn National-based jockey Matt Rispoli knew what he was doing by choosing to ride Classy Coco rather than 2-1 favorite Power of Snunner in the $79,750 Dr. Theresa Garofalo Memorial for 3-year-old fillies. Classy Coco ($14.80) held off Power of Snunner by a neck in the six-furlong sprint that went in 1:10.32.

Classy Coco, trained by Bernie Houghton, had finished second in all three of her previous appearances at Parx, including her most recent start at 19-1 odds a month ago. Conversely, Power of Snunner was coming off a six-length win two weeks ago.

Rispoli had also been aboard when Classy Coco won last year’s Maryland Million Lassie. She is now 3 for 10 lifetime for owner Michael Cox.

Fersmiley scores as favorite in Banjo Picker

The speedy Fersmiley extended his winning streak to four races with a one-length score in the $75,562 Banjo Picker Sprint.

Ridden by Pedro Requena for trainer Lisa Guerrero, the 5-year-old Fersmiley ($4) ran six furlongs in 1:09.35 to improve his lifetime record to 8 for 18. He was making his first start since posting a career-best 99 Beyer Speed Figure on July 8 and running for just the fourth time since last November.

Fersmiley’s task was made a little easier by the scratches of multiple stakes winner Golddigger’s Boy and last-out winner Phil Dancer.