12/30/2014 5:07PM

Sailor's Revenge, Adirondack King dead heat in Auld Lang Syne

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Sailor's Revenge (No. 2), under Kendrick Carmouche, and Adirondack King, ridden by John Bisono, hit the wire together in the Auld Lang Syne Stakes on Tuesday.

In upper stretch of the $75,000 Auld Lang Syne Stakes at Parx Racing on Tuesday, Sailor’s Revenge looked like a sure winner. He had a full head of steam going and had rallied to the lead outside Adirondack King. Unfortunately for Sailor’s Revenge, Adirondack King didn’t see things that way.

Adirondack King came back to regain a short lead inside Sailor’s Revenge and then hung on to be at even terms at the wire of the mile and 70-yard stakes. Adirondack King, who went off at 6-1, paid $8.20 after the dead heat and Sailor’s Revenge, who went off at 14-1, paid $14.20.

Adirondack King set or forced the early pace under jockey John Bisono and then settled into second behind Yougotthatgoinforu on the backstretch. He took the lead outside Yougotthatgoinforu nearing the stretch, then battled with Sailor’s Revenge the final three-sixteenths of a mile for the dead heat.

Sailor’s Revenge lagged back early, but it was clear on the far turn as he started to pick off horses that he was moving best of anyone in the field under Kendrick Carmouche. He continued well to the wire and came on again late for the dead heat.

Yougotthatgoinforu finished third in the Auld Lang Syne, 10 lengths behind the top pair. Classic Giacnroll was fourth, three-quarters of a length farther back.

The time of the Auld Land Syne Stakes was 1:45.16, following fractions of 25.27, 49.66, 1:15.21 and 1:41.12.

Adirondack King, a 5-year-old trained by John Servis throughout his career, is now 6 for 31. All of his wins have come at Parx. He has earned $404,074.

Sailor’s Revenge was claimed by trainer Kathleen DeMasi two starts back for $25,000. In his first start for DeMasi, he finished second by a nose in a third-level optional-claiming race. Sailor’s Revenge, a 4-year-old, is now 7 for 27 with earnings of $332,447.

DeMasi trained Sailor’s revenge for the first 10 starts of his career before losing him via the claim box for $25,000 in May 2013.

Valley Forge: Praetereo gets up late

A four-horse speed duel set the table for the late-runners in the $75,000 Valley Forge Stakes at Parx on Tuesday.

Javerre was the first to pounce and he came into the stretch of the seven-furlong race with a clear lead. But he flattened out a bit in the final sixteenth and Whatsthequestion poked a nose in front from the inside in deep stretch, and then Praetereo was up for a neck victory outside horses in the shadow of the wire.

At the start, Harbor Kid, Tenango, Monty Haul, and Cu Chulain all went for the lead, setting fractions of 23.37 and 46.91. Javerre took the lead three wide nearing the stretch and he opened a clear lead through six furlongs in 1:12.84. But Praetereo, who trailed until midway on the turn, and Whatsthequestion kept coming and they went by him late.

Praetereo, trained by Michael Moore, was timed in 1:26.70 and paid $11 as the fourth choice in the nine-horse field under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. It was a neck back from Whatsthequestion to Javerre in third.

The four early pacesetters finished sixth through ninth.