Thursday’s Racing Roundup
Undated (AP) _ Jockey Julio Pezua took Peppy Le Pew through a strong stretch drive for a one-length victory in the $42,000 Bedside Promise purse Thursday at Aqueduct.
Pezua will ride longshot Intensive Command in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
The victory was the fourth in 10 starts this year for Peppy Le Pew, a 5- year-old Florida-bred gelding.
Peppy Le Pew, carrying 121 pounds, earned $25,200 for Viola Sommer by winning the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up in 1:22 1-5. He paid $6.40, $4.20, and $3.40 as the second choice in the field of eight.
Jasper Park was second, a head in front of Slew City Slew.
Jasper Park paid $9.80 and $5, while Slew City Slew paid $5.60 to show.
Odds-on favorite Gerri N Jo Go rallied gamely in the final sixteenth to post a head victory in the $55,700 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Gerri N Jo Go, ridden by Pat Day, ran the seven furlongs over a fast track in 1:25 2-5 and paid $2.80, $2.40 and $2.20. Raging Lady, with Jerry Bailey up, returned $2.60 and $2.20, while Whitesburg Express, carrying Earlie Fires, paid $2.60 to show.
Silky Gray closed swiftly on the outside to defeat three rivals in a close finish of the $22,100 Juan Tella Purse at Sportsman’s Park.
Silky Gray, ridden by Carlos Marquez, scored by half a length and returned $8.20, $4.80 and $2.80. The son of Silky Baby scored his third consecutive victory and went 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:19 4-5.
My Boy Brett returned $12 and $5.60 after finishing second in the race restricted to Illinois-breds. Violent Man, the 7-5 favorite, paid $2.40 to show.
Clean Lines, running her victory streak to three straight after losing the first five races of her career, overtook favored Seattle Sangue early in the stretch and pulled away to a 2 1/2 -length victory on the turf at Hollywood Park.
Frank Olivares rode Clean Lines, a Tony Busching-owned filly who carried 114 pounds in the one-mile event and was clocked in 1:35.
Another Lotta finished third, 2 3/4 lengths behind Seattle Sangue.
Laffit Pincay Jr. rode Seattle Sangue, who carried 117 pounds, and Francisco Medero was aboard Another Lotta, who carried 109.
Clean Lines, sent off as an 8-1 shot by the Hollywood Park crowd of 13,358, paid $17.80, $6.40 and $6.60. Seattle Sangue returned $3 and $3.60 and Another Lotta was worth $19.60 to show.