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Sunday, July 05, 2020

Unique Bella wins $400,000 Beholder, Bernie Houghton trains $100,000 winner at Penn National

Pa-bred Unique Bella won the $400.000, G1 Beholder Mile Stakes at Santa Anita in California on June 2 to boost her earnings to $1,092,400 and her record to eight wins from 11 starts.

Unique Bella La BreaUnique Bella winning the La Brea Stakes last yearOwned by Don Alberto Stable, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, Unique Bella won by 2 1/4 lengths over La Force (Ger), with Paradise Woods, by Union Rags, another 5 1/2 lengths back.

The 4-year-old mare is by Tapit out of Unrivaled Belle, by Unbridled's Song.

Unique Bella, who was bred by Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable in Malvern, Pa., went to the lead leaving the second turn and drew clear under left handed urging.

This was her second win from three starts this year, having won the G2 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita on Feb. 10 and then run second to Unbridled Mo in the $700,000 Apple Blossom Handicapat Oaklawn Park on April 13 after stumbling at the start and losing ground.

Penn National in Grantville, Pa., carded three $100,000 races for Pa-breds on June 2.


TRAINER Bernie Houghton had three entries in the $100,00 Lyphard Stakes for fillies and mares at 8 1/2 furlongs, and they finished first, third and sixth.

Penn NationalPenn National RacetrackHoughton saddled Imply, a 5-year-old mare by E Dubai out of Her Lady Grace, by Lord Carson, to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Great Soul, trained by Thomas Proctor, with the Houghton-trained Advert another  2 3/4 lengths back.

This was the seventh win and third stakes win from 19 starts for Imply, who was bred and is owned by Barlar LLC.

She previously won the Mrs. Henry D. Paxson Memorial Stakes at Presque Isle on Sept. 20, 2015 and the Norther Fling Stakes, also at Presque isle, on July 9, 2017.

Bronx Beauty, owned by 2W Stales, trained by Anthony Margotto and ridden by John Velezquez, won the $100,000 New Start Stakes at 6 furlongs for 3-year-old fillies by 2 lengths over Smokinpaddylassie, trained by Edward Coletti.

Bred by Blackstone Farm LLC, this was Bronx Beauty's fourth win from five starts and her third stakes win, having previously won the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth on Aug. 5, 2017 and the Blue Mountain Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Penn National on Nov. 22, 2017.

LC Racing's Smooth B, by Weigelia out of Katarica Disco, by Disco Rico, trained by Robert Reid, Jr., and ridden by Jose Lezcano, won the third Pa-bred stakes, the $105,000 Danzig Stakes at six furlongs for 3 year olds by 3 lengths over Midnight Poker, trained by John Servis.

Bred by St. Omer's Farm & WynOaks Farm, Smooth B won his fourth race from 11 starts and his first stakes race.

A New Jersey-bred also won on Penn National's June 2 card.

Oak Bluffs, bred by Patricia Generazio, owned and trained by Mary Eppler and ridden by Paco Lopez, won the $200,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup Stakes by 3/4 lengths over Dubini, trained by Kate Demasi.

This hard knocking 10-year-old gelding, by Defrere out of Disco Shaker, by Disco Rico, has now won 16 times from 42 starts and over $500,000, and this was his second stakes win, having won the My Frenchman Stakes at Monmouth in 2015.






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