Updated on 06/01/2013 8:58PM

Penn National: Pennsylvania Governor's Cup becomes rout for ex-claimer Tightend Touchdown

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Tom Keyser
Tightend Touchdown, with Javier Castellano aboard, misses the five-furlong turf course record at Penn National by .01 of a second with his time of 54.62 seconds.

Trainer Jason Servis and Ron Lombardi of Mountain Lakes, N.J., who operates as Mr. Amore Stable, clearly regretted losing Tightend Touchdown when he was claimed for $30,000 last December. So they prompted re-claimed him for $35,000 a month later.

Tightend Touchdown delivered huge dividends on that modest investment when he scored a front-running victory in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup Handicap at Penn National on Saturday.

Shipping in from New York off an easy win against optional $25,000 claimers, the 4-year-old Tightend Touchdown ($8.80) blazed five furlongs on turf in 54.62 seconds, missing the course record by .01 of a second. Another New York shipper, Bridgetown, finished second at 7-2.

Ben’s Cat, the 2-1 favorite looking to win the Governor’s Cup for the second time since 2011, was badly bothered at the three-eighths pole and did well to rally to finish third. Kyma, last year’s Governor’s Cup upset winner at 34-1, finished fourth but was disqualified and placed last for causing interference on the turn, when he bore out. Among the other horses he bothered was the 9-year-old millionaire Chamberlain’s Bridge, the 2010 Governor's Cup winner who checked severely on the turn and faded to ninth.

Javier Castellano, back on Tightend Touchdown for the first time since he won a turf sprint at Belmont Park last October, gunned his mount to the lead from the rail and was never threatened while winning by 5 1/2 lengths.

"He’s a fast horse," Castellano said. "It worked out great. It was a big field, and I had an inside post. Five furlongs, a fast horse, inside – the best way to go is let him break and put him on the lead

"I was just the pilot today," Castellano added. "I feel very lucky to ride the horse. Basically, it worked out great for me. I knew I was pretty far in front. I felt the win. It was as fast as he can go, but he was really comfortable, not rank at all. When I asked him turning for home, he took off again. He had another gear. I said 'Wow.' ”
 

Silver Train: Lisa Stannard prevails in three-horse photo

Parx-based filly Lisa Stannard ($5.60) got up by a neck over Power of Sumner in a three-horse photo to win the $60,000 Silver Train HBPA Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares. It was another neck back to 21-1 longshot I’m Wanted I third.

Trained by Mike Pino for Jai Dastur, the 4-year-old Lisa Stannard, ridden by Javier Santiago, was returning to Penn National for the first time since she cleared her first allowance condition against statebreds last August. She is 5 for 15 lifetime and 3 for 5 at Penn National. Lisa Stannard ran the six furlongs in 1:11.07.

Penn Dash: Blue Mountain Cat, King Henry take split divisioms

Locally based horses Blue Mountain Cat and Run With Me ended up one-two following a double disqualification in the first division of the $50,000 Penn Dash.

Blue Mountain Cat ($20.80), a 4-year-old gelding trained by Tim Kreiser and ridden by David Cora, earned his fourth straight win and first career stakes victory by running the five furlongs on dirt in 57.32 seconds and finishing clear by 1 1/2 lengths. Run With Magic, a 26-1 outsider making his first start off a $12,500 claim, was elevated from fourth to second after jockey Clinton Potts claimed foul against second-place Kens Cape and third-place Candyman E, the 4-5 favorite, for interference coming out of the gate. Kens Cape was dropped to third and Candyman E placed fourth by the stewards.

In the second division, King Henry gave trainer Kreiser and jockey Matt Rispoli their second stakes wins on the card. King Henry ($7) and Manito, the 9-5 favorite, were in a stretch duel when the 7-year-old Manito fell, paving the way for King Henry to cruise to the finish line. In winning his third straight race, King Henry ran the five furlongs in 57.44 seconds.

E Dubai: Uptown Boy cruises

Uptown Boy, a 3-year-old gelding facing older horses for the first time, rolled to a surprisingly easy seven-length victory in the $60,000 E Dubai HBPA Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred sprinters.

In his only previous start this season, Uptown Boy ($18.60) was a non-threatening fifth racing on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs. As a 2-year-old last season, Uptown Boy won an overnight stakes at Delaware Park. Ridden by Rispoli for trainer Bernie Houghton, Uptown Boy ran the six furlongs in 1:08.83.

 

 

Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Somebody might want to try to buy Uptown Boy Developing nicely
kwtalk More than 1 year ago
Wow! There was almost a real mess there for a minute. :( Glad all came out of that kerfuffle okay.
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
Was Manito ok?
Steven Krein More than 1 year ago
I was there. He didn't appear to be, and according to the chart, he was not....