Blessed with another Triple Crown winner this season in Justify, and knowing that at year’s end his career would move to the breeding shed, racing fans across America were anxiously awaiting news regarding the undefeated colt’s final series of races before the ride was over. When the initial news came from the Justify camp that he was dealing with an ankle problem, most of those close to the game who know how it’s played expected the worst. And indeed those fears were realized when the dreaded word “retirement” finally came down. A meteoric rise to stardom, a racing career that lasted all of 111 days, a sweep of the spring Classics to become a Triple Crown champion would become his full and final resume. And now, for the others, opportunity knocks.
While his departure leaves a great void in the 3YO division and racing in general, what it does do is create tremendous opportunity for any number of talented young horses to add prestigious wins to their records and of course, the accompanying cash that goes along with a major trip to the winners circle. The heir apparent is most certainly last year’s 2YO champion, Good Magic. The Curlin colt may go down in history with his name alongside the likes of Sham and Alydar, outstanding horses in their own right, but born into a crop that included a racing superstar. Big things were expected of Good Magic after the brilliance he displayed in winning the Breeders Cup Juvenile last November, but that was months before Justify’s big blip first appeared on our radar screens. While a top three year-olds accomplishments are largely measured by his record at Churchill, Pimlico and Belmont, when looked at closely, what Good Magic has done this year cannot be undersold. He won the G2 Blue Grass Stakes, a major prep on the way to Kentucky. No one was beating Justify that first Saturday in May, but Good Magic ran huge, running a terrific second and then going all out in the Preakness, trading blows with the champ for 14 of 15 rounds, before finally succumbing, but in truth, finishing a mere one length behind. And now, rested after the taxing spring campaign, returning to the races with a thoroughly convincing victory in the G1 Haskell to remind us of indeed how talented he is. Having won the race just 2 years ago with Connect, trainer Chad Brown may find the G1 Pennsylvania Derby, its $1 million purse and bonus money in play, too hard to pass up and bring his horse to Bensalem September 22nd.
Pennsylvania Derby & Cotillion Day
Saturday, September 22, 2018
$1 Million G1 Pennsylvania Derby
$1 Million G1 Cotillion Stakes
$300,000 G3 Gallant Bob
$150k PA Derby Champion Stakes
$100k Alphabet Soup Stakes
Gates Open: 11:00am
First Live Post: 12:25pm
Join us for free family fun in the picnic grove featuring pony rides, face painters, moonbounce, temporary tattoos and more from 12pm – 5pm! Live Music 1pm – 5pm, Free souvenir photos in our digital photo booth! View guest photos from our Photo Booth on Kentucky Derby Day, Jockey tee shirt toss after the first 7 races, souvenir merchandise available on the first floor, horseshoe decorating with a $5 donation. Plus, a variety of BBQ and food & beverage specials will be available.
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Saturday, September 22, 4:30pm – 6pm EST
Parx PA Derby Hat Giveaway valid while supplies last and one hat per guest. Must be 18 or older to wager at Parx Racing® and must be 21 or older to gamble. Management reserves the right to change or cancel events and promotions at any time.