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Wild for Gold gives Elliot a win at PARX Racing

Posted: June 14, 2012 2:10 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Gene Weymouth’s homebred Wild for Gold battled through Parx Racing’s stretch and got up in the final strides to win a $30,000 optional allowance hurdle by a head on Tuesday for Hall of Fame trainer and part-time Camdenite Janet Elliot.
The Fields Stable’s Wanganui led at the final fence but could not hold off the charge of the Pennsylvania-bred Wild Rush gelding ridden by Brian Crowley. William E. Riddle’s Dr. Wheat finished third in a field of nine at the Bensalem, Pa., track.
Wild for Gold went off as the 7-2 third betting choice and ran the 2 1/16 miles in 3:41.70 on a firm turf course.
Nine-year-old Wild for Gold went to the lead at the start but ceded the advantage after the initial furlong to Monteagle, who led to final turn before fading. Wild for Gold resumed the lead but surrendered it as  2011 three-year-old champion Wanganui charged from midpack under his regular rider, Paddy Young.
Wild for Gold, a length behind at the final fence, made up ground through the stretch under Crowley’s drive and regained the lead in the final strides. Wanganui, the 2.30-1 second betting choice, held the place spot over Dr. Wheat by a length, who was a length in front of Arctic Reach in fourth.
The optional allowance was one of three steeplechase races on the Parx program. In the first hurdle race, the $25,000 Roger Legg Classic for Pennsylvania-bred maidens, Augustin Stables’ homebred Sillium prevailed by 2 1/4 lengths under Matt McCarron. The time for the 2 1/16-mile run was 3:44.05.
The second jump race, a $25,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle, was named in memory of Paul Rowland, a popular trainer who died last Friday at age 44 after a long battle with malignant mesothelioma. Rowland saddled 2004 Carolina Cup winner Preemptive Strike. Next Tuesday’s fifth race at Parx, a $25,000 Sport of Kings maiden hurdle, will be named in his memory.
Gillian Johnston’s 6-5 favorite En Fuego rallied through the stretch to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Trained by Jack Fisher and ridden by Xavier Aizpuru, En Fuego ran the 2 1/16 miles in 3:46.30.

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