07/29/2011 10:34PM

Penn National: Inspired pulls 16-1 upset in Jenny Wade Handicap

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Inspired, ridden by Roberto Alvarado Jr., holds off Bounding Bi to take the Jenny Wade Handicap.

Parx shipper Inspired, the second longest shot on the board, got loose on the lead and barely hung on to score a 16-1 upset in Friday night’s Jenny Wade Handicap for fillies and mares at Penn National.

The Jenny Wade was one of four $100,000 stakes on a 10-race card that served as an appetizer for Saturday night’s $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup. A special daily double linking the two turf sprints was offered.

Combined with Inspired ($35.80), the $2 payoffs to the winner of the 38th Governor’s Cup range from $143 with favorite Ben’s Cat to more than $10,000 with 2009 Governor’s Cup champion Carwash and locally based Philly Bound, a 5-year-old who comes into the race off back-to-back victories at the same five-furlong distance as Saturday night’s feature.

Inspired, a 4-year-old filly based at Parx with trainer Allen Iwinski, opened up a 1 1/2-length lead with a furlong remaining, and then was all out under jockey Roberto Alvarado Jr. to hold off Bounding Bi by a neck. The winning time for five furlongs over a course rated soft was 57.42 seconds.

Inspired, who did not win her maiden until her sixth try three starts ago in mid-April, was winless in her first three attempts on turf until wiring a group of first-level allowance foes five weeks ago at her home track.

Bounding Bi, who was seeking her third straight win, got second money at 8-1 odds, finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Suzzona, the 8-5 favorite. Four horses were scratched, including last year’s runner-up, Out Post, and the Linda Rice-trained Ahvee’s Destiny.

In the other stakes:

Salary Drive ($22.20), who was ahead of just one horse while falling 11 /2 lengths behind the leader after the first six furlongs, rallied under Chuck Lopez to capture the Dauphin Miss for 3-year-old fillies by two lengths over 28-1 outsider Artemus Kitten. The winner, based at Monmouth Park with trainer Ed Plesa Jr., completed a mile on soft turf in 1:36.12.

Apple Charlotte ($8.40), coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 All Along, came from eighth with 2 ½ furlongs remaining to take the Red Carpet for fillies and mares by 2 1/2 lengths over the Jonathan Sheppard-trained Sugar Again. Ridden by Sheldon Russell for trainer Graham Motion, Apple Charlotte covered 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:44.23.

Jealous Girl ($2.60), left as the heavy favorite when morning-line choice Bold Affair was scratched, cruised to a five-length win in the Femme Fatale for 3-year-old fillies sprinting six furlongs on the main track. In winning for the fourth time in five lifetime starts, Jealous Girl completed the distance on a fast track in 1:10.13. She is based at Delaware Park with trainer Tony Dutrow and was ridden by Jeremy Rose.