07/29/2003 11:00PM

Penn National track report


Three stakes, highlighted by the 31st running of the Pennsylvania Governor's Cup, will be offered during Penn National Race Course's biggest weekend of live racing.

The premier race is Saturday's $50,000 Governor's Cup, a five-furlong turf sprint that has attracted 33 nominees with earnings in excess of $8 million. In addition, a $5 betting voucher will be given with each paid admission to the track on Saturday.

Friday night's program includes the $50,000 Jenny Wade Handicap for fillies and mares and the $30,000 John J. Shumaker Memorial Handicap, a six-furlong sprint for Pennsylvania-breds.

Possible starters in the Governor's Cup include Joe's Son Joey, winner of the Calder Turf Sprint Handicap on the Summit of Speed card; 11-year-old Sport d'Hiver, who missed by a nose to Bop in last year's Governor's Cup; and the first three finishers of the July 12 Legal Justice Handicap at Philadelphia Park - Quest of Fate, Rudirudy, and Shades of Sunny.

Joe's Son Joey is a five-furlong turf specialist who has been first or second in five of six starts at the distance the past two seasons. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 104 for his most recent win at Calder.

Sport d'Hiver, winner of 21 lifetime races and $513,018, may be showing signs of age now at 11 . He is winless in four starts this year and his Beyer Figures have dropped from the 90's to the upper 70's.

Quest of Fate, Rudirudy, and Shades of Sunny were separated by only a length in the five-furlong Legal Justice. Quest of Fate is the only one of the group who has run since then, finishing sixth after a troubled trip in the Mister Diz last weekend at Laurel.