12/10/2011 4:27PM

Parx: Pollard's Boy starts slowly, finishes fast in Pennsylvania Nursery

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Dana Whitney guides Pollard's Boy to his first stakes win in the Pennsylvania Nursery.

Penn National-based Pollard’s Boy, whose previous two victories came against open company, relished the class drop to score a daylight victory in Saturday’s $74,750 Pennsylvania Nursery for statebred 2-year-old colts and geldings at Parx Racing.

Next to last after an opening half-mile in 45.80 seconds, Pollards’s Boy ($9), was swung wide turning for home by jockey Dana Whitney and was drifting out. He managed to straighten out to challenge pacesetter Traffic Light in midstretch, and drew clear despite drifting in slightly to finish 2 1/2 lengths in front to secure his third win in six lifetime starts. A gelded son of Pollard’s Vision trained by Bernie Houghton for Thomas Mclay and Mohns Hill Farm, Pollard’s Boy ran the seven furlongs on a fast track in 1:24.45.

Traffic Light, equipped with blinkers for the first time, held second, 10 lengths in front of Ill Conceived, the 2-1 favorite in a field of eight.