10/15/2011 8:52AM

Penn National: Philly Bound scores in sloppy Nepal

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Philly Bound, racing at his home track for the first time since finishing fifth in the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup in July, splashed his way to a 2 1/4-length victory in Friday night’s $90,000 Nepal Stakes for Pennsylvania-bred sprinters at Penn National.

A 5-year-old gelding ridden by David Cora for trainer Tim Kreiser, Philly Bound was coming off a third-place finish in the off-the-turf Mr. Jenney Handicap at Parx Racing on Sept. 10. His last win on dirt came against open company in a $32,000 claimer at Penn National on June 20.
In winning for the 12th time in 49 starts, Philly Bound covered six furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:11.34.

In the co-featured $86,250 Ligature for Pa-bred fillies and mares, Lenape Rim ($5.20) was elevated from second to first when Voodoo’s Argument, who crossed the finish line 3 1/4 lengths in front, was disqualified for lugging and bothering third-place finisher Tap Softly.

A 3-year-old filly based locally with trainer Mike Salvaggio, Lenape Rim got her first career stakes win in six tries. She had previously finished second in three stakes, most recently the 1 1/16-mile Malvern Rose on the Tapeta at Presque Isle Downs.

Tap Softly was elevated from third to second and Voodoo’s Argument was placed third by the stewards.