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McCarthy, Dalton set sights on Parx feature chase
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A large and well-matched field will line up Tuesday for a $30,000 allowance hurdle at Parx Racing in suburban Philadelphia. Also on the program are two divisions of a Sport of Kings maiden hurdle, with $25,000 purses in each heat.
Jack Fisher, currently the sport’s leading trainer after reigning as the 2012 champion and sharing the title last year, will saddle Sheila J. Williams’ Easy Reach for the 2 1/16-mile allowance race.
The Arch gelding most recently finished second in the Iroquois Steeplechase’s $35,000 Bright Hour Stakes on May 10. Winner of an Atlanta Steeplechase optional allowance on April 19, Easy Reach will be ridden by Jeff Murphy.
Trainer Leslie Young will send out William Riddle’s Absolum and Amy Taylor Rowe’s Mr. Universo. Absolum won a Middleburg Spring Races optional allowance but lost his rider early in Radnor Hunt Races’ National Hunt Cup (Gr. 3) on May 17. Mr. Universo, a maiden winner at Parx last year, will be making his first start since an unplaced finish in a Saratoga Race Course optional allowance hurdle last August.
The trainer’s husband, champion jockey Paddy Young, rides Absolum, and former champion jockey Danielle Hodson has the mount on Mr. Universo.
Part-time Camden resident Willie McCarthy, currently leading the National Steeplechase Association’s jockey standings, returns aboard Bon Nouvel Chasers’ Cocodimama for trainer Julie Gomena. Winner of a Middleburg Spring maiden hurdle on April 19, the Johar gelding finished a distant fourth in Radnor’s Thompson Memorial allowance hurdle.
Camden’s Kate Dalton will saddle her Cat Feathers, the 2012 filly-and-mare champion who has raced competitively over the last two seasons without a victory. The six-year-old Catienus mare finished third in the Carolina Cup for novices on March 29 and then was fifth in the Atlanta optional allowance hurdle won by Easy Reach. Xavier Aizpuru will ride.
Petticoats Loose Farm’s Choral Society will look to stay in harmony after a maiden victory at Monmouth Park on June 13. Ross Geraghty, the 2012 champion jockey, has the mount for trainer Cyril Murphy.