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Friday, June 14, 2024

Vault, trained by Bernie Houghton, set a track record, and Graham Motion saddled a stakes winner

GRANTVILLE, Pa.--Bernie Houghton saddled Barlar LLC's homebred Vault to win a $28,900, 1 mile and 70 yards Allowance Optional Claiming race for fillies and mare 3 years old and up at Penn National on Nov. 6.

bernardhoughton400pxBernard HoughtonVault finished in 1:39:55 to break a 23 year old record and set a new track record.

By Jump Start out of Di's  Delight, bu French Deputy, Vault was born at Sylmar, Bernie's mother Betsy Houghton's farm in Christiana, Pa.

"Vault is a half sister to Mirth, who just ran in the Breeder's Cup," said Houghton. "She's won four races now. She's a very nice filly, and she's going to be even better as a 4-year-old."

Houghton also saddled HnR Nothhafr Racing LLC's homebred Sunny Holly to win a $15,293, 6 furlong Claiming race for fillies and mares at Penn National on Oct. 26.

 

GRAHAM MOTION saddled Madaket Stables' Empressof the Nile to win the $125,000 1 1/2 mile Zagora Stakes on the turf at Aqueduct o Nov. 3.

"She's a filly we bought last November," said Motion. "She ran second to another ofour fillies, Mrs. Sippy, in the Glens Falls Stakes at Saratoga in August. this was her first stakes win. We'll probably run her back in the Long Island at Aquduct."

Empressof  the Nile ran mid-pack, swung three wide at the three-eighths, then was five wide in the stretch and got up late in a blanket finish of five horses to win by a 1/2 length.

Michael Dickinson saddled Augustin Stable's Lift Up to win the $125,000 1 1/4 miles G3 Maple Leaf Stakes at Woodbine on Nov. 2.

Bred by George Strawbridge, Lift Up ran eighth early, ran into traffic in the stretch, split horses, surged to the front and won in hand by 1 1/4 lengths.

Art Form, bred, owned and trained by Jonathan Sheppard, won a $18,100 , 6 furlong Maiden Claiming race for fillies and mares at Penn National on Oct. 26.

Rated midpack, Art Form moved four wide around the turn and went on to win by 1 length.

 

 

 

 

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