06/04/2010 11:00PM

Pimentel reunites with Crow's Nest


Bettors should always beware of an out-of-town jockey who comes in to ride just one horse. A prime example is Julian Pimentel, a Maryland-based rider who has accepted the mount on Crow's Nest in Tuesday night's co-featured fourth race at Penn National.

The 6-year-old Crow's Nest shapes up as an intriguing longshot in one of two second-level optional $25,000 claimers on a 10-race program that begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. He is part of the main body of 10 horses scheduled to go one mile on the turf. There are also five also-eligibles.

Pimentel is just 2 for 15 riding at Penn National this season, and Crow's Nest has not finished closer than seven lengths to the winner in his two starts this season. But watch out whenever Pimentel and Crow's Nest get together.

In October 2006 at Laurel Park, Pimentel rode Crow's Nest for the first time and pulled off a 55-1 shocker in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race on turf. Pimentel was reunited with Crow's Nest in October 2007 and they finished second at 8-1, beaten just a half-length, in another turf route.

Crow's Nest, who won his only previous start on Penn National's turf course for a $16,000 tag last August and is one of only two horses in the field entered for the $25,000 tag, gets Pimentel back for the first time since that near-miss on Tuesday night. As an added plus, Pimentel is 2 for 6 riding for trainer Patrick Graham.

The same out-of-town rider angle applies, though to a lesser extent, to Carol Cedeno, who comes up from Philadelphia Park to ride just one horse, Brave Tiger. Although Cedeno is 8 for 149 at her home track, she is 3 for 7 at Penn National this season. She has not ridden Brave Tiger or any other horse for his trainer, Joseph Casey, however.

Brave Tiger does own a good 3-for-10 record on turf, including a win two starts ago at Atlantic City, with an 82 Beyer Speed Figure that stamps him a contender in this spot.

* Bluebird Quartet, first or second in all seven of her previous starts at Penn National, appears formidable in race 5, a second-level optional $25,000 claimer for fillies and mares going 5 1/2 furlongs. The 4-year-old Bluebird Quartet, trained by Jamie Ness, has won 3 of her last 4 starts, including her most recent race at this same level in late April. She is among three of the six runners entered for the $25,000 claiming price. Her chief rival is Black Magic Mama, who ships up from Philly Park after winning back-to-back starts by a combined margin of 7 1/2 lengths.