07/27/2012 8:37PM

Penn National: Martita Sangrita takes Red Carpet, one of three stakes on card


The richest weekend of racing of the long year at Penn National in Grantville, Pa., got under way Friday evening with three stakes, all for female runners. Here is a recap of those Friday races:

* $100,000 Red Carpet: Martita Sangrita ($16.40), with Luis Garcia riding, rallied from mid-pack to overtake Clare Skies Ahead in this 1 1/16-mile turf race, with Safe Crossing, the front-runner and 17-10 favorite, fading to third. The winner is owned by the Lael Stables and is trained by Leigh Delacour.

* $100,000 Jennie Wade: Sensible Lady ($4) notched her third stakes victory from her last four starts when rallying from last under Xavier Perez for a 1 1/4-length triumph in this 5 1/2-furlong turf race. Krusin Kelly was second at 14-1, while Somasach was third and Carole’s Love was third in a field of seven. The winner is based in Maryland with trainer Tim Salzman.

*  $75,000 Femme Fatale: Srumdiddlyumptious, with Chuck Lopez up, dueled Doe into defeat, then held off favored Singlet and Hot Roots to capture this six-furlong race by a half-length. The winner returned $8 as fourth choice in a field reduced to just five. She is based at Monmouth Park for owners George and Lori Hall and trainer Kelly Breen.

A 10-race Saturday evening card will feature the annual Penn showcase, the 40th running of the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup for older turf sprinters, among three six-figure stakes. First post is 6 p.m. Eastern.