04/20/2013 12:57PM

Parx: Patrick S, Energetico meet older horses Monday


A pair of Pennsylvania-breds who dominated fellow 3-year-old statebreds will attempt to beat older horses and open company in Monday’s $47,000 feature at Parx Racing.

Patrick S, a six-length winner at Penn National 2 1/2 weeks ago, and Energetico, who beat Patrick S by 3 1/4 lengths in early March, look like the prime contenders in a first-level allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs on the main track.

Patrick S is part of a coupled entry for trainer Lupe Preciado with the 4-year-old Tin Pan Indy, who steps up in class after running against $16,000 starter-allowance foes in eight of his last 10 races.

In the first meeting between Energetico and Patrick S on March 8 at Penn National, the two horses were within a head of each other after a half-mile before Energetico drew clear in the stretch to score as the 1-5 favorite.

Trainer Richard Vega then tried to get Energetico to stretch out to a mile against open, first-level allowance company at Parx. Energetico led for six furlongs before weakening to finish a distant second.

Vega shows a good 4-for-9 record (44 percent) with allowance runners switching from routes to sprints within 30 days of a top-three finish.

Patrick S flattered Energetico’s form when he came back to romp going 5 1/2 furlongs April 4. Over the past two seasons, Preciado is 6 for 27 (22 percent) with last-out winners going for a repeat in an allowance sprint.

Preciado also does well statistically with the owner of Patrick S, Stony Brook Stables. They have teamed up to win 12 of 43 races (28 percent), including a victory in this year’s Langhorne Stakes with Irish Exchange.

Brooklyn Proud takes a class rise for the second time while seeking his fourth straight win. Claimed out of a win for $7,500 in early March by trainer Butch Reid, the 4-year-old Brooklyn Proud handled the jump to the $16,000 level in his first start for his new connections. His 82 Beyer Speed Figure for his April 1 victory nearly matches the par of 83 for Monday’s class level.

The 6-year-old Mutiny has been flashing speed and then fading in longer sprints. He is 2 for 2 in races at five and 5 1/2 furlongs, so he may benefit from a return to a shorter distance Monday.