07/25/2012 3:58PM

Penn National: Ladies in spotlight on first day of track's big weekend

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Singlet runs in the Femme Fatale, the first of three Friday stakes.

The richest races of the long year at Penn National will be renewed this weekend at the Grantville, Pa., track, where the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup on Saturday will serve as the anchor of a terrific series of stakes.

Three Friday stakes, all for female runners, will be run consecutively, starting with race 3, during the early portion of a 10-race card that starts at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Meanwhile, Saturday night will feature the annual Penn showcase, the 40th running of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup for older turf sprinters, among three six-figure stakes.

As a lucrative promotion for fans, Penn will be giving away five bets for $200 each on one of the Friday races, the Jenny Wade, and six bets for $500 each Saturday on the Governor’s Cup.

Here is a rundown of the Friday races:

◗ $75,000 Femme Fatale (race 3, 6:56 p.m. post): Singlet, shipping in on raceday from her Delaware Park base, looks like the class of this field, which consists of seven 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs on the main track. A two-time stakes winner from seven starts, Singlet was fourth when returning from a 10-week layoff in her latest start, the Just Smashing at Monmouth Park, a race won by 12-1 shot Srumdiddlyumptious, who is shipping in from Monmouth for this race.

Singlet “has always been a dependable filly,” trainer Tony Dutrow said. “I expect her to be the same Singlet she always is.”

Aside from those two returnees from the June 16 Just Smashing, other Femme Fatale contenders include Doe, winner of two straight stakes; Citizen Advocate, a Florida shipper who most recently ran second in the Grade 3 Azalea at Calder; and Hot Roots, a last-out allowance winner at Churchill Downs.

◗ $100,000 Jenny Wade (race 4, 7:24): A field of 10 fillies and mares is entered in this five-furlong turf race, although there will be at least one defection, if not more. Trainer Mike Dini said from Arlington Park that he will not ship Taty’s Gold, while Citizen Advocate is cross-entered in the prior race versus 3-year-olds.

In either case, Maryland shipper Sensible Case will try to stay on a roll that began when she pulled a 24-1 stunner in the The Very One on the Pimlico turf on Preakness eve. Trained by Tim Salzman, the Street Sense filly followed up with two more fine efforts, including a recent stakes win at Colonial Downs.

Also in the Jenny Wade field are Colony Club, who would be racing on just four days’ rest after a 26-1 upset in the Klassy Briefcase at Monmouth; Formal Plan, a rags-to-riches story from the far Northwest by way of Churchill; and Maryland shipper Carole’s Love, a one-time $7,500 claimer who has come to life since being switched to grass by Dale Capuano.

◗ $100,000 Red Carpet (race 5, 7:52): Graham Motion won this 1 1/16-mile turf race last year with Apple Charlotte, so he said he has had the Red Carpet in mind for Master Shade “for quite some time now.”

Master Shade, owned by Team Valor International, most recently was third behind two of her Red Carpet opponents, Thundering Emilia and Martita Sangrita, in the June 2 Rooney Memorial at Delaware.

“Honestly, she has trained great since then,” Motion said. “We’ve had this race pinpointed for her ever since.”

Meanwhile, Dutrow said he is “not positive” that Pinch Pie will start, saying he may withhold her instead for an upcoming race at Saratoga. Pinch Pie is the lukewarm favorite on the morning line in a field of 10 fillies and mares.