OPUS FORTY TWO from maiden to SW at Tampa

OPUS FORTY TWO ( Mendelssohn) started by LEGACY broke her maiden last month at Tampa and stepped directly into stakes company and won her 2nd in a row. She chased the pace, cleared and held off a closer to win the Gasparilla Stakes at Tampa Bay going 7 furlongs on the dirt. She is trained for Mark B. Grier by  Arnaud Delacour.

RIDIN WITH BIDEN wins the KRIS KRINGLE S

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KRIS KRINGLE S., $75,000, Parx Racing, 1-4, 4yo/up, 1m 70y, 1:45.56, sy.
1–RIDIN WITH BIDEN, 128, g, 5, Constitution–Allemande, by Medaglia d’Oro. ($80,000 Ylg ’19 KEESEP; $85,000 2yo ’20 EASMAY). Consigned by CARY FROMMER
O-Cash is King LLC & LC Racing LLC; B-William Harrigan & Mike Pietrangelo (KY); T-Robert E. Reid, Jr.; J-Paco Lopez. $43,800.
Lifetime Record: GSW, 20-7-5-1, $475,000.

Veteran Ridin With Biden held on for a last-gasp victory over Amatteroftime to earn his second straight win. The dark bay gelding sat just off the early pace while racing four wide around the first turn and moved up to be widest of five in a line across the track challenging for the lead down the backstretch. He stuck his head in front at the top of the stretch and was pulling away down the lane despite drifting in and out, but Amatteroftime was closing fast and true and just failed to catch the gelding on the line. Riding With Biden, who won the 1 1/2-mile GIII Greenwood Cup over this track in September, was coming off a 1 1/4-length victory in the Turkey Trot S. over this same course and distance Nov. 23.

POST TIME undefeated – wins the MARYLAND JUVENILE S., $100,000

Started in Aiken by Cary Frommer
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MARYLAND JUVENILE S., $100,000, Laurel, 12-3, (C), 2yo, 7f,
1:23.98, my.
1–POST TIME, 123, c, 2, by Frosted
($85,000 Ylg ’21 EASOCT). 1ST BLACK TYPE WIN.
O-Hillwood Stable LLC
B-Dr. & Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Dr. Brooke Bowman & Milton P Higgins III (MD)
T-Brittany T. Russell
J-Eric Camacho.
Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $133,140.
Post Time remained unbeaten in this third lifetime victory, and the first at the stakes level here. A two length winner on unveiling Oct. 7 against a local maiden field which credited next-out 11-length winner Prince of Jericho (Munnings) in its tally, and a dominant 6 3/4-length victor lastout Oct. 27 against optional claimers at the venue, he settled way off the early pace after the jump as Johnyz From Albany put up all the running through :22.76 and :45.81 splits. Given his cue leaving the far bend and rolling under a full head of steam, Post Time swallowed up rivals while four wide and shifted out in the lane as he cruised by the long-time leader. Eric Camacho remained motionless as the grey coasted in.

The second multiple winner from three to race, and the first to gain black-type for his young dam, Post Time has a weanling half-sister by McKinzie. This is the family of Maryland stalwart,
MSW Undercover (Allen’s Prospect) as well as GSP Bye Bye J (Uncaptured). MGISW Rose=s Cantina(Naskra), her full-sister GISW Fancy Naskra; GISW Montreal Red (D=Accord) and his fullsister English MSW Princess Accord all hail from the fourth dam, who claims a busy black-type branch beneath her.

Weekend Winners!!

POST TIME (Frommer) STAKES WINNER at Laurel Park – $100,000 Maryland Juvenile
MILTON THE MONSTER (Frommer) at Aqueduct in allowance company
OPUS FORTY TWO (Legacy) at Tampa Bay Downs MSW
A WESTERN YARN (Legacy) at Tampa Bay Downs MSW

SWEET: SW COCONUT CAKE adds more black-type

SW COCONUT CAKE (Bandbox), winner of the Maryland Million Ladies Stakes at Laurel Park last month, added to her resume running 3rd in the Forever Together Stakes at Aqueduct. She has upped her earnings to $293,063. COCONUT CAKE is owned by her trainer Timothy L. Keefe and by  N R S Stable and James Chambers. She was conditioned in Aiken by Cary Frommer.

Double Crown Lights Up Tote Board With Kelso Upset

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MSW DOUBLE CROWN was started at the Aiken Training Track by Cary Frommer

Double Crown rallies past Baby Yoda to win the Kelso Handicap at Aqueduct Racetrack
Double Crown rallies past Baby Yoda to win the Kelso Handicap at Aqueduct RacetrackCoglianese Photos

In addition to being a Thoroughbred owner and trainer, Norman “Lynn” Cash builds and repairs homes, specializing in roofing. “Not a shingle mistake,” is the motto of his company, Built Wright Homes.

His 5-year-old gelding Double Crown , who he owns with Lola Cash, also was mistake-free Oct. 29, running down heavily favored Baby Yoda  to post a 42-1 upset in the $300,000 Kelso Handicap (G2) at the Belmont at the Big A meet at Aqueduct Racetrack.

“It’s a first graded stakes win for the boss, Mr. Cash, who is a great guy to work for,” said assistant trainer Jay Libertini. “He had a death in the family, so he couldn’t be here. We all love Mr. Cash and his family, and we’re excited for him.”

Though Double Crown surprised bettors with his fifth-to-first rally, in which he defeated Baby Yoda by 1 3/4 lengths, the victory wasn’t entirely out of the blue. He won the Carry Back Stakes and Roar Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2020, when he was also graded placed, and this year, since being claimed for $40,000 by Cash at Churchill Downs in June, had recorded one win in seven pre-Kelso starts and managed a stakes placing. Still, he had been just 2-for-17 in 2021-22 coming into the race.

The Bourbon Courage   gelding put it all together Saturday, running a mile on a fast track in 1:37.16 under J. D. Acosta, successfully rallying from behind slow splits of :24.32 and :48.60 set by Empty Tomb .

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Baby Yoda, who pressed the pace three wide under Javier Castellano before taking command coming into the lane, appeared to fatigue late. He finished 8 1/4 lengths in front of Shackqueenking  in third. Empty Tomb faded to fourth.

“I saw Javier stay wide and he had the best horse,” Acosta said. “So, when he made the move, I was able to follow him down the stretch and then put him on the outside. I felt like I had plenty of horse and I thought I was going to win.

“At the eighth pole, I thought I was going to get it. I looked back, and I was hoping no one else was going to catch us, and when I asked my horse, he took off, and he was strong.”

Bred in Maryland by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman and Rebecca Davis, Double Crown ($86.50) is the lone stakes winner out of the five-time winning Two Punch  mare Two Columbus . The dam has produced seven foals, with five starters from six of racing age and three winners. Her youngest foal is a yearling colt by Madefromlucky  .

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