09/08/2011 12:11PM

Parx: Just Don, Single Scoop poised to take advantage of surface switch

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Fugitive Angel, winning last fall's Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland, will be a prime contender if Saturday's Mrs. Penney remains on the turf.

Trainers Carol Levine and Craig Miller were clever enough to enter horses with good dirt form but no turf success in the two richest races on the Pennsylvania Day at the Races program Saturday at Parx Racing.

All 12 races on a card worth a collective $690,000 are restricted to Pennsylvania-breds. In addition to three maiden special weight events worth $45,000 apiece, there are three allowances that carry a purse of $47,000 and four stakes worth a combined $350,000.

The two biggest races, the $100,000 Mr. Jenney Handicap and the $100,000 Mrs. Penny Stakes for fillies and mares, are both scheduled for the turf course. But with the remnants of Hurricane Lee dumping rain in the Mid-Atlantic region all week and a forecast that calls for the possibility of more bad weather on Saturday, it wouldn’t be surprising if both grass races are moved to the main track.

If that happens, then Levine and Miller will look pretty smart with their entries of Just Don in the five-furlong Mr. Jenney and Single Scoop in the 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Penny. Although Just Don and Single Scoop are a combined 0 for 5 on turf, they own a collective 14 victories on the main track.

The 7-year-old Just Don has won three straight sprints while rising in class from $16,000 to $40,000 claiming with steadily improving Beyer Speed Figures of 81 to 89. His main competition if the Mr. Jenney (race 9) gets shifted to dirt would be Philly Bound, who won for a $32,000 tag sprinting five furlongs on the main track in June at Penn National and is 10 for 43 on dirt lifetime.

On turf, the prime contender would be Ricky’s Lite, who was fourth in this race as the 5-2 favorite last year. He is 4 for 7 in turf sprints.

In the Mrs. Penny (race 11), Single Scoop looks good if the race moves to the main track after winning her two most recent races by a combined 12 1/2 lengths. Her chief rival appears to be Tap Softly, who was claimed out of a win sprinting for $25,000 in May and followed up by finishing a close second in the 1 1/16-mile Lyphard Stakes in mid-June.

If the race remains on grass, Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard looks dangerous with Fugitive Angel. She was third, beaten two lengths, in last fall’s Grade 2 Mrs. Revere on soft turf and missed by a neck in the one-mile Northern Fling on Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs in early July.

◗ Rustler Hustler, beaten two lengths in the Grade 2 Hall of Fame at Saratoga last time, would be formidable if the $75,000 Crowd Pleaser (race 8) for 3-year-olds remains on turf at 1 1/16 miles. On dirt, the horse to beat becomes Gondwanan, who will be seeking his fourth straight win since May.

◗ Ann’s Smart Dancer, whose 4-for-5 record includes daylight stakes victories in her two most recent starts, is the 3-5 morning-line favorite against six other 3-year-old fillies in the $75,000 Dr. Theresa Garofalo Memorial (race 10) at six furlongs.