Dance Code with Nik Juarez aboard captures the Parx Juvenile on December 29, 2021. Owner Richie’s World Stables LLC. (Photo by Barbara Weidl/EQUI-PHOTO)
Bensalem, Pa. – The 2021 live racing season at Parx Racing concluded on Wednesday, December 29th and was highlighted by full fields, boosted purses and five stakes races worth $100,000 each.
Tuesday kicked off the stakes action with the $100,000 Mrs. Claus Stakes. Jakarta, a recent addition to the Michael Trombetta barn, drew off to an authoritative three-length victory over eight rivals under jockey Mychel Sanchez. The veteran Pennsylvania-bred mare returned $38.60 and completed the seven-furlong contest in 1:23.40. Miss Mosaic finished second and the favored Don’t Call Me Mary rounded out the trifecta.
Why Why Paul Why continued his winning streak and notched his fourth straight win for trainer Penny Pearce in the $100,000 Kris Kringle Stakes. Rated off of a sharp early pace by Kendrick Carmouche, the son of Archarcharch finished in 1:42.92, 2 1/4 lengths clear of Davidic Line and I Am Redeemed.
Frankie Pennington piloted Dreams Untold to take the final stakes race on Tuesday’s card, the $100,000 Blitzen Stakes. The Pennsylvania-bred son of Smarty Jones sat off of the early pace and pounced at the top of the stretch to prevail by 3 3/4 lengths for trainer John Servis, completing six furlongs in 1:10.46.
On Wednesday, the season concluded with two $100,000 stakes for two-year-olds. The $100,000 Parx Futurity for two-year-old fillies was won by the Robert Reid Jr.-trained Stand Up Comic. Ridden by Frankie Pennington, the juvenile daughter of Practical Joke remains undefeated on dirt returning $7.00 to win in her third career victory. In the $100,000 Parx Juvenile, Dance Code scored by a length and a half over a game effort by Speaking. Trained by Juan Vazquez and ridden by Nik Juarez, the son of Honor Code returned $8.20 to win.
There was a mandatory distribution of the newly added Philly Big 5 wager on Wednesday. Winning tickets returned $7,875.40.
Jockey Ruben Silvera took home leading rider honors in 2021 with 217 wins and Jamie Ness won the training title with 186 victories.
Live Racing resumes on Monday, January 3 with a first post time of 12:10PM ET.
Parx Racing Press Release