A trio of Virginia-bred horses scored victories at Penn National this past week including a pair of five year olds — Anybodyreallyknow and Maid To Run —and a three year old — Turks and Chaos.
Anybodyreallyknow connected in a $21,900 six furlong claiming sprint on Saturday over seven other foes. The Holy Bull gelding sat off the pace for most of the way, stayed close to the rail on the turn and took control in the stretch. The Larry Johnson bred horse crossed 1 1/2 lengths in front of runner-up Cold Facts in 1:11.22. Anybodyreallyknow, trained by Scott Lake, is out of What Do I Do by Two Smart.
Maid To Run won on the same program, also in a sprint race, but at a half furlong less. The $10,500 filly/mare race featured a large 11 horse field and was contested at 5 1/2 furlongs. The 5 year old Lion Hearted mare came from off the pace, had a quick response at the 1/8th pole when rider Emilio Flores asked, and edged front running Natal by a nose at the wire. The second place finisher carried a three length lead into the stretch but Maid To Run came on strong and crossed in 1:05.99. Anne Tucker bred the winner, who is out of Boltin’ Bride by Runaway Groom.
Turks and Chaos was victorious last Friday in a $17,100 fillies/mares claiming race where she held off fast closing Miss Mandalay to win by a three-quarter length margin. Bred by Mary Iselin, the 3 year old daughter of Oratory came three wide in the final turn of the one mile, 70 yard race, drew out by 3 1/2 lengths at the top of the stretch and crossed in 1:45.63 after holding off the hard charging runner-up. Turks and Chaos is trained by Martin Miller and was ridden by William Otero. She is out of the Citidancer mare, Hat Dancer.
Money Tree kicked off the week with a western score at Turf Paradise last Wednesday in a six furlong allowance race. The 5 year old son of Lawyer Ron prevailed in 1:10.21 after rallying from fifth early in the stretch. The winner was bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm, and is out of So Generous by Fly So Free. Rider Jake Barton directed the triumph up top for trainer Carl O’Callaghan. Money Tree, who earned the winner’s share of a $15,000 purse, was sent off at 6-1 in the six horse field.
Andy Picked Me closed out the week on Sunday with a solid three length win in a $22,000 starter optional claiming sprint at Laurel. The 3 year old Sky Mesa gelding was third halfway thru the turn of the six furlong test, angled out and took control with a furlong to go. He crossed in 1:11.84 with Julian Pimentel at the helm. Bred by the Lazy Lane Farms and trained by Benjamin Perkins, Andy Picked Me is out of Night Breeze by Two Punch. The victor, best in a large field of 11, paid $11.60.