06/03/2017 8:54PM

Richard's Boy elevated to victory in Governor's Cup via DQ

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Richard's Boy (left) was awarded the Governor's Cup after Bold Thunder (center) was disqualified to second.

GRANTVILLE, Pa. - Richard's Boy became the third California-based horse to win a stakes at Penn National on Saturday - but it wasn't easy. As a matter of fact, things were difficult for several horses in the $200,000 Governor's Cup as there were a pair of jockey objections regarding separate incidents.

Bold Thunder, at 24-1, outsprinted 3-5 favorite Richard's Boy for the early lead in the five-furlong turf sprint. Bold Thunder, with Irad Ortiz Jr., was digging in during the stretch run when Ortiz switched from a right-handed stick to a left and hit the 7-year-old. Bold Thunder immediately ducked outward.

Ortiz quickly grabbed a hold but the damage had been done as Bold Thunder herded Richard's Boy outward several paths.

Jockey Paco Lopez, who was beaten a head on Richard's Boy, lodged an objection and the stewards reversed the order of finish.

"He carried my horse out, and then my horse was coming on again," Lopez said.

Ortiz said he did all he could when Bold Thunder ducked out.

"He surprised me when he did that," Ortiz said.

Richard's Boy paid $3.20. Bold Thunder covered the course in 55.75 seconds.

The second claim of foul was lodged by Horacio Karamanos, the rider of Oak Bluffs, who finished fourth, against Javier Castellano, the rider of Rainbow Heir, who finished third.

Both horses were near the back of the pack nearing the far turn. Rainbow Heir moved up outside Oak Bluffs, and Karamanos took up sharply up entering the turn.

Karamanos thought Castellano put him in tight quarters entering the bend. Castellano maintained that he kept to his path and did not come inward. The stewards disallowed the objection.

Rainbow Heir rallied up the inside to finish a neck behind Richard's Boy. It was a half-length back to Oak Bluffs, who rallied outside horses.

The other California-based winners on the card oddly enough won Pennsylvania-bred stakes. They were Grand Prix, who won the $100,000 New Start for trainer Gary Mandella, and The Critical Way, who won the Danzig for owner-trainer Mick Ruis.

Mountainview: Matt King Coal sets track record

Matt King Coal keeps improving for trainer Linda Rice and owner Sheila Rosenblum, and on Saturday he set a track record by going wire to wire in the $200,000 Mountainview Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

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Matt King Coal set controlled fractions of 23.41 seconds, 47.69, and 1:11.33 in the four-horse field. He held Page McKenney at bay through the stretch under Irad Ortiz Jr. to win by 3 3/4 lengths.

His final time of 1:48.95 lowered the record of 1:49.15 set by Toby's Corner in July 2012.

"This horse just keeps going, he doesn't slow down," Ortiz said. "I worked to keep his attention in the stretch. He was kind of waiting on horses."

Matt King Coal paid $2.80. A 4-year-old he is now 5 for 10 in his career, and 3 for 4 this season. He has earned $596,000, and his best races may lie before him.

Page McKenney, who is trained by Mary Eppler, did his best trying to reel in the winner but that was a difficult assignment in a race without any other speed horses.

"I thought he ran a good race. He got a little tired in the stretch, I thought," Eppler said. "He was blowing when he came back."

Discreet Lover finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Page McKenney.

Virtual Machine was a stakes scratch by trainer David Cannizzo. Madefromlucky, who is trained by Todd Pletcher, was scratched by the state veterinarian, who was not satisfied with how the horse jogged after shipping in for the race.